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Antares is a Gaff schooner built in 1945/6 on the River Elbe in
Germany Oak on Oak, originally as a fishing boat. She was later converted for
recreational use and in the 1990's was used for youth charters on the inland
lakes of Holland.
She offers accommodation
for up to 11 + in 4 cabins and has a good heads with shower and a BATH! Mechanical
propulsion is by Scania 9 litre 6-cylinder diesel. She has a hydraulic bow
thruster and a hydraulic anchor winch, both powered by a Beta donkey engine. She
has a Fischer Panda generator and a MasterVolt inverter.
The current owner bought her after a comprehensive survey by
Martin Evans in 1997 and brought her to the UK. She underwent major refits, monitored
by the surveyor, in 1997/8 and 2006/7. She has been maintained
regardless of cost. All of the surveyor's recommendations have been