August 18, 2009

Projects: Beneteau 30 Antares, Beneteau 42 Antares, Beneteau 47 MonteCarlo Fly

From this year onwards, all Antares models over 9 metres will have their length in feet included as part of their model name. And that’s the case with this new launch, which replaces the 9 Series with 30 Flybridge/Hard Top versions. As the first Flybridge in the range, it is designed primarily for cruising, and retains all the excellent sea keeping qualities on which the Antares reputation has been built. Sarrazin Design presents a sleek elegant line, and their style is unmistakable for the Antares 30. Its grey-tinted glass makes a special contribution to the sophisticated modern looks. The hull is the work of the Beneteau design team, and is available with a single-engine configuration only. There will be three versions to choose from the 30 Antares. The S version is with hard top with two opening panels, with flybridge but no helm station featuring a large sunbathing area and settee with table up top, and with flybridge and helm station convertible to a sunbathing platform. According to Beneteau the amount of living space is unrivalled by any other boat of this size. Accommodation is a four berth lower deck with a convertible saloon to double berth. The guest cabins are an owners double to fore, and a double bunk to port. To starboard is the fully equipped head. 30 Antares will have max single engine power up to 380hp, and will be certified to CE B standards.If the above statement stands true the 42 Antares will be a replacement to the 12 Antares. Beneteau has so far given little details for this new 42 Antares model. What can be seen is that the project rendering above builds on bigger spaces to the 12, like more extended bathing platform, and a larger flybridge. The flybridge will feature a c-shaped settee to port, helm station to starboard, and a sunpad looking aft. The interior will also features a main living deck with a main saloon welcoming you inside to a c-shaped settee to starboard upon entrance, a 2 person settee to port, l-shaped galley to port, and double helm seated helm station again to starboard. The lower deck layout has not been so far confirmed although this layout lets the thinking go for three cabins below. Propulsion has also not been announced, but the 12 Antares was available with both shaft and IPS pod so accept again to have this format.
Beneteau upgraded its Sport Cruiser line in December 2008 with the launch of the 47 MonteCarlo. The range is now being extended again with the launch of the Flybridge version: a 47 MonteCarlo Fly featuring a large sunbathing terrace up top with sporty looks. The external cockpit galley unit has been cleverly converted to provide access to the flybridge. The designer of the MonteCarlo range Pierangelo Andreani has drawn a new design in true Mediterranean style. The overall layout of the 47 MonteCarlo Fly offers two living spaces: the cockpit and the flybridge. The flybridge incorporates two distinct areas: the helm station and the convertible 6-person settee. The driver's seat is on the centre, with the instrument panel featuring a full set of double navigation instruments, to the left is the co-driver’s seat, and to the right a large lounger-style sunpad with a pullout fridge beneath. Behind is the six person settee. Worth to note is the visually appealing radar arch which carries the radar and antennas is raised to not disturb the views to the owner and his guests. The large cockpit surprises for a flybridge offering an external galley unit, and has an external settee which converts into a sunpad, of which underneath is located a tender garage that can accommodate a tender with outboard. Inside the 47 MonteCarlo Fly continues what we seen in the standard hart top version presented in Paris last December with generous living spaces of which the striking feature is the full beam owner’s cabin flooded with light from two large side windows, but also the choice of layout versions for two or three cabin plans. New leather, alcantara and light oak finishes will also be introduced for the new 47 MonteCarlo Fly. The 47 MonteCarlo hull design has been developed in close co-operation with Volvo Penta to accommodate IPS pod drives. Power for the 47 MonteCarlo Fly is from twin Volvo IPS600 D6 435hp diesel engines.

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