The Antares 12 has an general size of 42ft 7in (12.97m)

As Beneteau celebrates its a hundred and fortieth anniversary this 12 months, the French shipyard flexed its muscular tissues with a surprising line-up of twenty-two yachts at Boot Dusseldorf. The world’s greatest indoor boat present marked the Germany debut of the Antares 12, following its world premiere on the Cannes Yachting Pageant final September and its US bow on the Fort Lauderdale Worldwide Boat Present in late October.

The brand new flagship of Beneteau’s weekender line has been gaining consideration for a number of causes, not least as a result of its general size of 13m makes it 2m or effectively over 6ft longer than the previous series-flagship, the Antares 11, which was the vary’s first mannequin to supply the choice of a flybridge.

The Antares 12 is effectively over 6ft longer than the sequence’ former flagship

That includes an general size of 42ft 7in and a beam of 12ft 5in, the Antares 12 is solely accessible with a flybridge. Moreover, its dimension and design imply it’s beginning to transfer into Swift Trawler territory.

The Antares 12 is a world away from the smaller Antares fashions, whose sizes are extra in step with the sequence’ first era of boats within the Seventies, which had been designed by Andre Beneteau, grandson of firm founder Benjamin Beneteau and brother of ‘Madame’ Annette Roux.

For starters, the Antares 12 normal version comes with twin 400hp Mercury Verado V10s, a primary for this class of yacht, in keeping with Beneteau, and which provide 200hp extra complete energy than on the Antares 11.

In reality, the Antares 12 may even match three outboards, so homeowners have the choice of upgrading to triple 300hp Mercury Verado V8s providing a whopping 900hp.

The foredeck options an built-in triple sunpad

The skipper can drive from both the saloon or the flybridge, whereas expertise consists of the choice of a Seakeeper gyro and Groupe Beneteau’s Seanapps system, which retains homeowners linked to their boat.


Just like the Antares 11, the Antares 12 is notable for its drop-down bulwark to starboard, which descends on the push of a button and presents a waterside balcony that has an built-in ladder and neatly hyperlinks the cockpit to the ocean.

The cockpit desk can fold out for eating or be lowered to create a sunpad

Within the raised place, the bulwark accommodates a small facet door that can be utilized for boarding. Visitors may also entry the boat (or water) from an aft door on the starboard facet that permits entry to and from the transoms both facet of the engines.

The Antares 12 is sort of a foot wider than the 11 and also you discover this when boarding the lined cockpit, the place an extended L-shaped couch wraps across the aft finish and port facet. The adjustable desk could be folded out for alfresco eating, or lowered and lined with cushions to create a big sunpad.

Port view of the flybridge’s J-shaped dinette

Cockpit stairs on the starboard facet result in the big flybridge, which Beneteau has described as ‘finest at school’.

The higher deck is among the many most notable variations to the Antares 11 Fly, because it has a full-sized J formed dinette on the port facet of the staircase. On the starboard facet, simply ahead of the steps, is a moist bar – not current on the 11 Fly – that accommodates a grill and fridge.

The backrest for the companion seating to port can fold right down to create a sunpad

Ahead is a large helm seat with a Garmin display screen, whereas companion seating to port features a bench couch and ahead cushions, with the backrest capable of be folded ahead and right down to fill within the house and create a sunpad. The entire flybridge could be lined by a bimini.

The foredeck is accessed by a well-protected, starboard facet deck together with a few steps by the helm. It’s one other enjoyable out of doors zone and has a three-man built-in sunpad with an adjustable backrest.

The forwardmost pad can fold as much as create a forward-facing couch

Moreover, the ahead part can fold up and aft to create a forward-facing couch, whereas a small desk may even be arrange. Once more, a sunshade could be erected to offer safety.


There are two methods to entry the inside, most clearly from the cockpit, the place there are three glass doorways. The center door and the port door can slide to the appropriate, and the centreline hallway begins with a disguised hatch to entry hidden storage under.

The saloon options a big C-shaped couch and an adjustable desk

There’s a little bit of a ‘wow’ issue as you enter the saloon, which has good headroom and plenty of pure mild from massive home windows together with sliding home windows to port. Whereas the Antares 11 has an aft-facing L-shaped couch, the 12 has a full C-shaped couch. Every finish has an adjustable backrest, so the aft finish can develop into a cockpit-facing couch and the ahead finish can double as companion seating.

The peak-adjustable, foldable desk can enlarge to supply eating for six or extra folks. When wanted, the desk could be lowered and lined with cushions to create an additional mattress for one or two folks, that means the yacht presents lodging for as much as eight friends.

The retractable TV is by the galley window

The galley occupies many of the starboard facet and begins aft with massive fridge-freezer drawers underneath a countertop, with numerous boat controls on the panel above.

The central galley is devoted to cooking with a cooktop, convection microwave oven and cutlery drawer, whereas ahead is the sink, bin and storage, with drawers additional ahead. There are additionally loads of overhead cabinets, plus a big, shallow storage space for plates and glasses ahead of the couch. The galley has its personal added attraction for friends, because it’s additionally residence to the retractable tv.

The helm seat is adjustable and has comfy entry to the controls and two Garmin screens, plus additionally the facet deck by means of a 5ft-high sliding door.

Either side of the grasp cabin have overhead lockers, a cabinet and an extended hull window, plus there’s a ahead window and a skylight

Inside, central stairs lead right down to the decrease deck, the place a hallway accesses three visitor cabins. Beneteau factors out that the Antares 12 is the primary in its class to have three cabins that embody two with en-suite bogs.

The main bedroom within the bow is spacious and vibrant as a result of lengthy hull home windows, a ahead window and a skylight. There are cabinets on either side, lockers above every hull window and plenty of space for storing underneath the mattress.

The grasp cabin’s en-suite rest room is to starboard

The grasp has its personal en-suite rest room, as does the VIP cabin to port, the place twin beds could be transformed to a double.

A modular third room to starboard could be organized as a double berth or a single berth with the second mattress arrange as a settee backrest. This implies it may additionally work as a day room for youngsters and even storage. Beneteau even presents a fridge on this room.

The VIP suite to port has en-suite entry to the day head and could be arrange as a twin or double

Beneteau hasn’t solely elevated the dimensions of the Antares flagship. It has elevated the end and suppleness of the out of doors areas, whereas fleshing out an inside that reveals a rising emphasis on storage impressed by the Swift Trawler line. All this will increase the period of time you possibly can spend on board and on the Antares 12, that’s solely a superb factor.

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