OceanoScientific Explorer PLATFORM

"Having of the biggest little ship, or the smallest big ship". This is how Yvan Griboval defines the ideal platform for conducting OceanoScientific Expeditions , with a priority: the lowest possible cost of purchase and maintenance, because "the less money we put into nautical equipment, the more we can devote to the expeditions themselves, in the scientific treatment of the data collected and in the efforts to mobilize the general public" .

Since his return from his solo oceanographic round-the-world trip on June 2nd, 2017, Yvan Griboval has studied no less than twenty files from different ships spread all over the planet, in an attempt to find the most versatile ship that exists.

This sailboat must be adapted to a program of tropical navigations in light winds, but at times when gigantic cyclones can sweep over maritime areas devoid of reliable shelters to protect against the unleashing of the elements - the passage of cyclones Batsirai and Emnati last February on the outskirts of Reunion and Madagascar, with winds above 200 km/h and breaking waves of more than ten meters, attests to this.

You also need to be in a position to navigate safely in the Roaring Forties and the Furious Fifties. Finally, you have to be able to flirt with ice cubes during Antarctic programs. Even if these two navigations are not scheduled for at least five years.

Yvan Griboval's choice fell on a catamaran of 53 feet (16 meters), built in aluminum by G-Wind Marine in Durban (South Africa) in 2014, from the South African architect Anton Dutoit's plans. This vessel is based in Zanzibar (Indian Ocean). Its repatriation to the OceanoScientific Base of the Rade de Toulon will take place during the month of July 2022, according to a navigation of about forty days on a course of 5,300 to 5,500 nautical miles, or approximately 10,000 kilometers by Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea and avoiding as much as possible the dangerous maritime zone of the Somali coast where piracy remains very active. However, a sailing catamaran is an easy target! This navigation will already be a first adventure and the spirit of Henry de Monfreid will inspire the crew...