"If anybody is considering taking up the cruising lifestyle—just do it. The hardest part is actually setting off. The second hardest will be going back home"
Mark & Sarah
No one said it was going to be easy. But nobody told us it was going to be so much fun! My husband Bob and myself, and our 5 year old Aussie Mollie, have been living aboard our Antares 44-foot sailing catamaran Leap of Faith in the eastern Caribbean for the past two year."
After 25 years of competitive sailing in Australia, I sold the boat and hung up my competitive shoes. But loving the sea and messing about in boats, it wasn't long before I started thinking about getting a boat to go cruising in."
QUESTIONS TO ASK THE CATAMARAN BUILDER
Coring: What kind of coring do you use in the construction of the catamaran hull and deck?
Coring is a structural stiffener sandwiched between two layers of fiberglass skin. Coring is particularly important to acatamaran builder because of the need to create stiffness with reduced weight. Most production catamaran buildrs choose to build their hulls and decks using balsa coring, which is made of balsa wood cut across the grain in thin slices to expose the end grain fibres. Balsa core is well known for its high resistance to compression.
Steering: What kind of steering system is installed on your boat? Is it shaft, wire or hydraulic steering?
Antares Yachts uses a premium Jefa shaft and gearbox system. The gearbox converts rotary motion to transverse motion, which moves the tiller arm. This shaft and gearbox system is superior to other steering systems such as wire or hydraulic in terms of precision, feedback and integrity.
Over the past year - several Antares catamaran owners have taken delivery of their new catamarans. Some have already sailed to North America, others chose to linger in Brazil before heading to the Caribbean. Some have made it as far as the Middle East.