FACTS FOR THE SERIOUS LIVEABOARD
1. THE PROTECTED HELM
The most important design element of a liveaboard yacht is the helm. It should always protect you from the weather.
Exposed helms can be fun on a vacation, but can undermine your long-term cruising experience.
Most catamarans are built for vacations in protected waters. The Antares 44i sailing catamaran is designed with the entire world in mind.
The Antares 44i is the first production catamaran built with a glass windshield and wipers and comes standard with a full removable enclosure designed into the hardtop.
Ted Clements, Head of Design at Antares Yachts, writes:
"The greatest contributor to safety at sea is the ability to stay dry, warm and as comfortable as possible to be able to keep your wits about you. A high percentage of at-sea rescues involve the evacuation of exhausted owners who are suffering from exposure in vessels that subsequently continue merrily on their way to be salvaged later. The ability to handle the vessel and its sails in the most advantageous and safest way should be the first parameter of your ocean cruising design and no compromise is excusable."
Link here to Ted's blog and learn more about helm design.
Luxury is About Staying Warm and Dry When its Cold and Wet Outside
From day one, the Antares was designed to accommodate a permanent hardtop and bimini with a removable canvas enclosure. The enclosure creates a large, separate living area for cold weather conditions, and provides a protected helm position.
The elegant design of the Antares' enclosure coordinates the hardtop to the deck and allows for ease of movement. The smart line management allows all lines to be lead aft to the electric winches in the cockpit, virtually elimination the need to go forward in bad weather.
Take a close look at our competitors and you'll notice that if there is an enclosure, its either incomplete or is clearly an afterthought that results in an unattractive contraption.
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