|Antares 44i - Sailing Vessel (s/v) Field Trip|
Why Antares 44i?
|Which boat to buy??|
Key Criteria in our boat search:
Safety at Sea: With a family, it was really important for us to find a boat that would not be over powered (too much sail), have water tight crush zones, and be engineered with safety the primary consideration. In our opinion, this is one of the best engineered and safest catamarans in its class.
Comfort: From the beginning, we expected at some point to spent a lot of time on our boat. It was very important for both Sarah and I to have a boat that was comfortable and 'felt like home'. A lot of the boats we spent time on were very 'plastic like' in the interior...and it felt like frankly a cheap RV. A cheap RV feel may be OK for a week, but it certainly was not OK for any time longer than this. One thing for sure about the Antares, when any wife steps aboard, be prepared to get out the checkbook...
|Great finish and light!|
Ease to Sail: In buying a boat, it was also important for Sarah and I to have a boat that could be sailed easily by a couple, and single handed if necessary. A key feature for us is all the lines are neatly organized and run to the cockpit with powered winches. In addition, the mainsail was not so large that it would create additional dangers if we were caught is a sudden squall. Still need to be reefed, but at least there was not a massive amount of sail to handled when the going gets tough.
Building the Boat
Building a boat takes patience. In our situation it was unique. We actually put a contract on our boat years before we actually thought we would be sailing it consistently. Given this, we moved our hull # out multiple times to accommodate Antares and other owners that wanted their boat delivered sooner than us. So in this sense it was great, and we will have waited almost 3 years for Field Trip to splash.
Depending on who builds your boat, there can be many items that you must research and study to figure out what is best for 'you'. In our case, Antares has been nothing short of excellent to work with. We have made a number of tweaks to the boat, including equipment, ladder designs for the port forward bunk beds to techno-geek items like underwater video cameras in each hull.
A complete list of items we have changed/added to Field Trip are: