Beneteau has just launched a new line of outboard-powered pocket coastal cruisers. Called the Antares, the new line has a 27, 23 and 21, all products of the Beneteau design team and meant to be introductory boats for coastal or lake cruising.
All powered by Mercury outboards, the 27 has twin 200-hp engines; the 23 a single 250-hp engine, and the 21 a single 175-hp engine. A bow thruster is optional to help with docking.
The Antares 27 has a glass sliding door opening to the salon from the cockpit. With light coming in from a panoramic sunroof and large windows all around, the salon is bright and warm, with visibility all around from the helm. A U-shaped dinette settee is on the port side with a table, and galley is to starboard. The co-pilot’s seat on the port side swings around to either face forward or aft to join the group at the dinette. A sliding door next to the helm gives immediate access to the starboard side deck.
The cockpit has a large bench seat aft that slides forward to raise the engines easily with a settee on the port side. The whole area can be covered to make a huge sunlounge. Another sunpad is on the foredeck. Below, the cabin is in the bow with a V-berth for overnights. A head and shower are to starboard.
Specs. for the Antares 27: LOA: 27’0”; Beam: 9’8”; Draft: 2’11”; Disp.: 9,387 lbs.; Fuel: 158 gals.; Water: 42 gals.; Power: 2×200-hp Mercury outboards. For more: