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Sep 2005

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Angelo Colombo
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Antares, the brightest star in the Scorpio constellation and also known as the "heart of Scorpio" due to its red colour and its position, has inspired poets and writers and aroused the interest of civilisations such as the Egyptians (there are remains of temples oriented towards the star) and the Persians who considered it one of the four royal stars.

But on this occasion "Antares" is far closer than the 604 light years that separate it from the earth: we are not dealing with a heavenly body but with the work of a team consisting of designers, engineers, technicians and master craftsmen who, at the Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman, have made "Antares" a sailing reality. A yacht then: a ketch to be precise.

Designed by Bill Dixon, who declares: "working on this project was a really fascinating experience for my team. Renewing relations with a customer you already know means setting out from total understanding with both owner and skipper."


LOA: 39.98 metres
Length on waterline: 33.75 metres
Beam: 8.77 metres
Draft: 4.22 metres
Displacement: 211 t.
Ballast 59.630 kilos
Hull speed: 14 knots
Height of mainmast: 44.45 metres
Height of mizzen mast: 31.64 metres.

For further information: Royal Huisman Shipyard BV; Flevoweg 1 8325 PA; P.O. Box 23 8325 ZG Vollenhove Holland; tel. +31 527 243131; fax +31 527 243800; e mail; website

The interiors are the work of Dick Young Design, a work group headed by Dick Young who, after having defined the design guidelines with the owner, succeeded in creating a new style featuring wide use of rare wood combined with fabrics and accessories. These give the very pleasing effect of continuity in the interior. There are four cabins in all for the owner and his guests, three of them aft of the amidships area and one forward. The owner's suite aft runs the entire breadth of the beam and includes a dressing table area, sofa, office corner, large bathroom with separate toilet and direct access from the aft cockpit. The other two cabins in this zone are, respectively, one with twin beds and private bathroom and one with double bed, dressing table area and private bathroom. The fourth and last cabin is forward of the internal saloon- dinette area amidships and consists of a double bed, dressing table area and en suite bathroom. The crew's quarters, developed over the entire forward portion of the hull, consist of three cabins, one with double bed, two with bunk beds and all with bathrooms. Adjacent there is a canteen and related service rooms. The main deck, partially covered with the low profile thrusting deckhouse, is laid out as follows: the indoor bridge, situated on the starboard side, with seating for the helmsman and equipped with numerous electronic navigational and manoeuvring aids; a dining area with armchairs and L-shaped sofas and, farther aft, a relaxation area that can comfortably accommodate up to 16 with its large size C-shaped sofas. In the open, by the mizzen mast, the double steering station from which, on any point of sailing, the imposing sail area can be kept under control and the yacht handled efficiently, thanks to numerous electronic repeaters for instruments, rigging and alarm switchboard. As mentioned previously, the boat is ketch rigged. Both masts are in carbon, as are the booms and rudder, all made in the Dutch yard which is well known for its various departments capable of producing every element installed on the vessels it builds, including deck gear. The owner's requirements mainly concerned the possibility of good performance sailing in comfort, for himself and his large family. Hence the development of spacious and comfortable interiors and well-separated indoor and outdoor relaxation areas equipped with a great number of entertainment accessories. "Antares" will be sailing chiefly in the Mediterranean but her potentialities allow her to make ocean crossings in all tranquillity. In fact building was carried out in accordance with the strict Lloyds/MCA regulations to which the yacht corresponds in every detail. As for the building materials, aluminium was chosen for "Antares", in particular an alloy called Corus Alustar Temper H321 for the hull and H112 for the other parts. For figures enthusiasts, "Antares" is the 379th yacht built at the prestigious Royal Huisman shipyards. Among the special features of the technical set-up we may point out the carefully studied positioning of the indoor bridge and the two external stations, created in such a way as to ensure a constant visual link between those working indoors and those handling manoeuvres outside. Moreover the electronic instrumentation of all three stations is interconnected to supply univocal and complete data. Aft of the two external command stations there is an open area divided into two distinct parts where you can enjoy sailing while checking the entire sail area and, especially, enjoying the spectacle offered by the downwind wash-board. On the forward deck there is also housing for the tender, an RIB handled with special davits. As for the engine room, which houses a 715 HP MTU 8V2000 M70 and the main plant, it is spacious and easy to inspect. Thanks to numerous electronic aids, with repeaters on the bridge, all plant activities or anomalies can be monitored.