Beneteau’s New Antares Flagship – LUXUO
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Boot Dusseldorf was the perfect place for Beneteau to show off its impressive line-up. The French shipyard celebrated its 140th birthday this year and showcased 22 stunning yachts. The world’s biggest indoor boat show marked the Germany debut of the Antares 12, following its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival last September and its US bow at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October.
The new flagship of Beneteau’s weekender line has been gaining attention for several reasons, not least because its overall length of 13m makes it 2m or well over 6ft longer than the former series-flagship, the Antares 11, which was the range’s first model to offer the option of a flybridge.
The Antares 12 has an overall length 42ft 7in, and a beam 12ft 5in. Only Available with a flybridge. Furthermore, its size and design mean it’s starting to move into Swift Trawler territory.
The Antares 12 is a world away from the smaller Antares models, whose sizes are more in line with the series’ first generation of boats in the 1970s, which were designed by Andre Beneteau, grandson of company founder Benjamin Beneteau and brother of ‘Madame’ Annette Roux.
The Antares 12 standard version comes with twin Mercury Verado V10s that offer 400hp each, a first in this class, according to Beneteau. This is 200hp extra total power than the Antares 11
The Antares 12 is able to fit three outboards. Owners can upgrade to triple 300hp Mercury Verados V8s for a total of 900hp.
The skipper can drive from either the saloon or the flybridge, while technology includes the option of a Seakeeper gyro and Groupe Beneteau’s Seanapps system, which keeps owners connected to their boat.
RAISING POWER, Outdoor Space
The Antares 12 has a similar drop-down bulwark on starboard. It descends with the push of a single button, revealing a waterside deck with an integrated ladder that neatly connects the cockpit to sea.
In its raised position, the bulwark has a small side entrance that can also be used for boarding. The starboard aft-door allows guests to access the boat and water.
The Antares 12 measures almost a foot longer than the Antares 11, and you can notice this when you enter the cockpit. There, a long L shaped sofa wraps itself around the aft and port sides. The adjustable table is foldable for alfresco meals, or can be lowered and covered in cushions to create a large Sunpad.
Cockpit stairs on the starboard side lead to the large flybridge, which Beneteau has described as ‘best in class’.
The Antares 11 Fly’s upper deck has a full-sized J-shaped dinette located on the portside of the staircase. On the starboard side, just forward of the steps, is a wet bar – not present on the 11 Fly – that contains a grill and refrigerator.
The helm seat is located forward, and has a Garmin display. The companion seating, to port, includes a bench and cushions. The backrest can be folded down and forward to fill the space, and create a sunpad. A bimini can cover the entire flybridge.
The foredeck has a protected starboard side deck with a couple of steps at the helm. It’s another fun outdoor zone and has a three-man integrated sunpad with an adjustable backrest.
A small table can also be installed. The forward section can also be folded up and aft, creating a sofa facing forward. A sunshade, again, can be set up to provide some protection.
Elevated Interior Style
The cockpit has three glass doors. The middle and port doors can be slid to the right. The centreline hallway begins with a hidden hatch that allows access to hidden storage below.
There’s a bit of a ‘wow’ factor as you enter the saloon, which has good headroom and lots of natural light from big windows including sliding windows to port. The Antares 11 features an L-shaped couch facing aft, while the Antares 12 has a C-shaped full-length sofa. Each end features an adjustable backrest so that the aft section can be converted into a cockpit-facing couch and the forward section can double as companion seats.
The height-adjustable foldable table is able to expand and accommodate up to six people. The table can be lowered, covered with cushions, and used as an extra bed to accommodate one or two guests.
The galley occupies a large part of the starboard and starts aft. There are large fridge-freezers under the countertop with various boat controls displayed on the panel above.
The central galley, which includes a convection micro-wave oven, a cooktop and utensil drawer, is dedicated to cooking. To the front, there is a sink, receptacle, storage and drawers. There are many overhead cupboards and a shallow, large storage area for glasses and plates forward of the couch. The galley has its own added attraction for guests, as it’s also home to the retractable television.
The helmsman’s seat is adjustable, and provides comfortable access to two Garmin screens and the controls. A 5ft high sliding door also allows easy access to the side deck.
The central staircase leads down to the lower deck where three guest cabins are located. Beneteau says that the Antares 12 was the first boat in its class with three cabins, including two with en suite bathrooms.
The master bedroom in the bow has a spacious feel and is bright thanks to a large hull window, a window facing forward and a skylight. There are cabinets on both sides and lockers above each window. There is also a lot of storage space underneath the bed.
The master cabin has its own bathroom, as does VIP cabin to port where twin beds can be made into a double.
A modular third bedroom to starboard is able to be set up as either a single or double berth. The second mattress can also be used as a couch backrest. It can be used as a playroom for children, or even as storage. Beneteau includes a fridge in the room.
Beneteau hasn’t only increased the size of the Antares flagship. It has improved the finish and flexibility in the outdoor areas while fleshing out the interior, which reveals a growing focus on storage inspired from the Swift Trawler range. All this increases the amount of time you can spend on board and on the Antares 12, that’s only a good thing.
This article was originally published on yachtstyle.co
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