Bucking a trend for ever-larger boats, Antares currently builds only the 44i. “Anything more than 50 feet isn’t honestly for a couple,” Poirier says. This year, they plan to launch the 44e (the “e” is for expanded), which provides additional seating and storage in the saloon.
Poirier, who was a vice president at PDQ Yachts, noticed that nearly all of PDQ’s power-catamaran customers were ex-sailors, and he discovered that the main reason they got out of sailing was to get out of the weather. Consequently, the Antares features a fully protected helm with a solid bimini overhead and a glass windshield with wipers. A removable enclosure provides additional protection to help keep the cockpit comfortable in the worst weather.