Continuing its expansion in the U.S. market, Beneteau brought another of its ranges to American shores. Called Antares, the latest line to cross the Atlantic is composed of three models, the 21, 23 and 27, that are intended to be coastal cruisers. The smallest of the range, the Antares 21 is powered by a Mercury outboard up to 175 hp and starts at $72,000 with that power.
Use of space defines the Antares 21, both outdoors and in. The cockpit includes a U-shaped settee that can convert to a multiperson sunpad, and the bow is covered by multiple cushions that create another sunning spot. Platformettes to either side of the outboard provide access to the water, and the one to starboard leads to the access gate and has a boarding ladder.
Through a sliding door is the salon, helm and small galley. The U-shaped dining settee to port converts to a berth, and its forward section’s backrest swings aft to make it a helm companion seat. Aft and starboard is a galley that includes a sink, a single burner, a small worktop, and a 12-gallon refrigerator. Forward on the starboard side is the helm, which includes a bolster seat and a dash with room for an MFD of the buyer’s choosing. A window slides open to keep the operator cool.
Forward and down a step is a double berth and a separate wet head, so weekending is definitely on the to-do list. Visibility from the helm and the dining settee is excellent through a one-piece windshield and glass down the wheelhouse sides. With the aft door open, sociability runs from the helm to the transom.
At 24 and a half feet long with an 8-foot, 2-inch beam, the Antares 21 is easily trailerable, and the transom settee slides forward to clear room for the outboard to tilt up. To make docking easier, a bow thruster is an option. Beneteau, beneteau.com