This week we go aboard the Beneteau Antares 11. Antares is part of the line up of Beneteau cruising boats that includes the Gran Turismo and the swift trawler line. The Antares boats are more value-oriented and off a lot of cruising space and comfort. Ranging in size from the smallest Antares 7 to the 11, there is a boat for every price and need. The Antares 11 offers two staterooms, a head with a separate stall shower, twin Mercury Verado power, and plenty of room to bring friends and family out for the day, a weekend, or longer. While the Antares 11 is offered in both a coupe and flybridge model, we focus on the coop.
One of the neat things about this boat is that it offers a fold-down section of the cockpit to enlarge the available space when at rest. Such a feature is typically reserved for much larger vessels.
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We love the ocean and boating! We cruise in our 2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge, Calypso II, on the South Coast of Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Island. Join us on our adventures – we share favorite ports and places to visit, favorite boating products, and how-tos.
+ Our current boat – Calypso II, a 2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge:
In 2019, we wanted a new boat that was bigger and had a longer range, so we targeted 40-footers with diesel power to achieve both of these goals. With our criteria and budget, we searched for a diesel-powered Sea Ray 400 Sedanbridge 2001 or newer. After scouring the Internet we found a boat on the Chesapeake Bay which would become Calypso II.
+ Specs – 2001 Sea Ray 400 Sedan Bridge:
• Length: 41 feet
• Beam: 14 feet
• Draft: 4 feet
• Fuel: diesel 350 gal
• Power: 2 Caterpillar 3126 inboard straight-shaft diesel engines 350hp each
+ Our first Sea Ray – Calypso I:
Our boating life started when we looked for a motor cruiser around 30 feet long. We liked Sea Ray because of its style and quality. We found a Sea Ray 310 Sundancer that met our requirements and seemed in good shape. After a survey was completed, we bought the boat and rechristened her “Calypso”, with all appropriate rituals to the sea spirits for good luck.
+ Specs – 2000 Sea Ray 310 Sundancer:
• Length: 33.9 feet
• Beam: 11.6 feet
• Draft: 3.5 feet
• Fuel: gas 200 gals
• Power: 2 Mercruiser 5.7 Horizon freshwater cooled V-drive inboard gas engines 300hp each
2013 North Atlantic Inflatables, 8″ 2″ high-pressure floor inflatable boat
Mercury 3.5Hp outboard motor
+ Where we cruise:
Calypso II is moored in Sippican Harbor in Marion, MA – in Buzzards Bay. We use our boat to explore the islands, ports, coves and harbors of this amazing place.
For overnight boating, we often head to Cuttyhunk Island, Martha’s Vineyard Island or Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. In 2021, we plan to head to Maine to explore some of the beautiful harbors and ports of Southern and Mid-Coast Maine.
+ Our commitment to the sea:
Because we enjoy boating and the fun it brings our family, we are committed to protecting the bays, harbors and oceans we cruise on, as well the ones we dream about. Starting with following no-discharge rules, not using disposable plastic bottles and only using biodegradable products on Calypso II, we try to do our part to preserve this invaluable resource.
Join us on our adventures – we share favorite ports and places to visit, favorite boating products, and how-tos.
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