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Gaff Schooner, Antares 

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Sails and Deck Gear
Owner's Cabin
Aft Cabin


    Cowes 2008

Antares is a double ended, Gaff schooner built by the Brauer Yard, Vegesackon the River Elbe in Germany in 1945/6 Carvel, mainly Oak on Oak. She has a full length keel and deadwood. Ballast is internal, concrete,  incorporating some Iron. Iroko decks, new winter 2006/7

She underwent major refits, monitored by the surveyor, in 1997/8 and 2006/7.  

Approximate Dimensions

Length Overall  67ft 20.42m
Length on Deck  55ft 16.76m
Waterline Length  55 16.76m
Beam  17ft 5.18m
Draft  7ft 6ins 2.3m
Displacement  45 tonnes


She offers accommodation for up to 11 in 4 cabins and has a good heads with shower and a BATH! 
Fore cabin -  2 x double berths + 2 singles + pipe cot
Owner's cabin to starboard - large double berth
Bathroom / heads to port
Midships is the snug with a settee to port and a dinette to starboard
Then there is the Pantry / Bosun's store with Fridge and electrics panel opposite
Steps lead up into the Deckhouse with the Galley to starboard and table and settee to port
Aft down the steps is the aft cabin with double berth to port and single to starboard
Hatches in the Deckhouse sole give access to the engine bay 
Antares has sat 16 for dinner - in two cabins on three tables - but it was "a bit squashed!"

Rig, Sails and Spars

Gaff schooner rig
Timber spars
Galvanised steel rigging 
All standing and running renewed winter 2006/7
Skysail, fisherman’s topsail, jib, main topsail all by James Lawrence2002
Staysail by James Lawrence 2005
Gaff main and foresail by James Lawrence 2007
Sail and hatch covers 2007
All wooden blocks serviced annually .

Deck Equipment

Primary anchor - Admiralty pattern ~50kg  on 85 m chain (2009)
Secondary anchor  -Delta 40kg on 50m chain
Kedge anchor 75lb CQR with assorted chain stowed in dry bilge chain
Hydraulically-operated FML Francis anchor windlass with twin gypsies
Chain grab hook and nylon warp (to avoid anchor chain chafing on bobstay chain)
Deckwash pump
Spray dodgers
Boom tent
Boat hook
Warps - 2 sets  -  winter layup and season cruising
Ensign / staff
Anchor ball
Motor sailing cone

General Equipment

Mikuni diesel fired water heater for hot water tanks, radiators and thermostatically controlled fan heater matrixes in each cabin

Twin oven, grill + 4-hob gas stove


Gas bottles in dedicated steel lined cabinet on deck
Complete Gas installation by Corgi approved fitter
Pots, pans, cutlery included

Refrigerator - 240 V - works off Shorepower / Generator or Inverter 

Engine and Machinery

Scania-Vabis 9 litre 6-cylinder diesel ~125hp. 
Fresh water cooled via keel cooler 
Hydraulic (15hp) bow thruster ....
Hydraulic anchor winch...... both powered by.... 
....  Beta donkey engine driving the hydraulics

Fischer Panda 4000i 4KW generator (2009)


Water - 2 x 450 litres - plastic (2007)
Diesel - 2 x 450 litres Stainless Steel (2007)
Holding - flexible ~ 40 litres

Electrics / Electronics

Completely rewired winter 1997/8

2 x main engine crank batteries - 24Volt (2010)
2 x Elecsol 220 Amp hour deep cycle General services batteries - 24 Volt  260AH (2009)
1 12 Volt battery for starting the Donkey beta hydraulic pump engine in the Fo'cs'le 
1 x 12 Volt Battery for starting the Genset
1 x 12 Volt battery - spare for dinghy pump etc..
Mastervolt 1200WCharger / Inverter
Shore power installation
Depth sounder


Raymarine SL-72 Radar
Furuno GP-32 GPS Navigator
Yeoman plotter


C-Tronix AP9000 Autopilot
Icom IC-M411 DSC VHF radio telephone (2009)


Echopilot "Classic" echo sounder
Furuno NX-300 Navtex 
Navigation lights
Anchor light with LED 
Wired in hand held search lamp
Interior lights - dual - both 24V DC and 240 V AC

Safety Gear

Emergency tiller
2 x Horseshoe lifebelts with lights
2 x circular lifebelts
Boarding ladder
Radar reflector


Fire blanket
First aid kit

9 x Fire extinguishers - all new - July 2010
2 x manual bilge pumps
5 x 24V electric bilge pumps
1 x 240 V AC high capacity bilge pump 
Miscellaneous spare parts

Shore Gear


All-over winter cover on custom steel frame
3.1m Inflatable dinghy with paddles

[ Antares ] Sails and Deck Gear ] Deckhouse ] Snug ] Owner's Cabin ] Forecabin ] Aft Cabin ] Heads ] Engine ] [ Specifications ] Comments ]
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For further details or to arrange to view, please contact Adrian  Espin at: - Astonbury Marine Services 
19 Colne Road, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0DL  Tel: 01206 305 996  or +44 1206 305 996   

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