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Brief Summary

The Antares 23 is an outboard-powered express boat from Beneteau that’s part of a three-boat lineup. The other boats in the stable are a 21’ (6.40 m) and a 27’ (8.23 m), and all are known by metric monikers in Europe (our test boat is called the Antares 8 there). This is a 23’ (7.01 m) boat that has broad capabilities.

Key Features

  • Outboard power with 200-hp Mercury FourStroke 3.4L V-6
  • Cockpit seating area
  • Convertible booth-style dinette
  • Folding cockpit Bimini
  • Side decks with grabrails and bowrail
  • Single-piece windshield
  • Wide-opening aft glass bulkhead
  • Sliding transom seat
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27'
    8.23 m
    Beam 9' 1''
    2.76 m
    Dry Weight 4,776 lbs.
    2,166 kg
    Tested Weight 5,887 lbs.
    2,670 kg
    Draft 2' 7''
    .79 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7.78'
    2.37 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 74 gal.
    280 L
    Water Capacity 26 gal.
    98 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 1 x 200-hp Mercury
    Opt. Power Single Mercury engine in 150-hp or 200-hp
    Single Honda engine in 115-hp and 200-hp
    Single Suzuki engine in 115-hp and 200-hp
    Single Yamaha engine in 150-hp or 200-hp

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 2.8 2.4 0.5 5.5 4.8 366 318.5 52
    1000 4.9 4.3 0.9 5.4 4.7 363 315.3 59
    1500 6.5 5.7 1.5 4.3 3.8 289 251.0 68
    2000 7.7 6.7 2.4 3.2 2.8 214 185.8 69
    2500 9.0 7.8 3.7 2.4 2.1 162 140.9 70
    3000 11.0 9.5 5.3 2.1 1.8 139 120.8 76
    3500 18.6 16.1 6.8 2.7 2.4 182 158.0 78
    4000 23.7 20.6 8.7 2.7 2.4 181 157.8 79
    4500 28.4 24.7 12.5 2.3 2.0 151 131.3 80
    5000 31.7 27.6 15.9 2.0 1.7 133 115.8 83
    5200 32.6 28.3 17.8 1.8 1.6 122 106.4 83
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    600 318.5 589 4.50 1.89 2.34 52
    1000 315.3 584 7.90 3.41 2.30 59
    1500 251.0 465 10.50 5.68 1.83 68
    2000 185.8 344 12.40 9.08 1.36 69
    2500 140.9 261 14.50 14.01 1.02 70
    3000 120.8 224 17.70 20.06 0.89 76
    3500 158.0 293 29.90 25.74 1.15 78
    4000 157.8 291 38.10 32.93 1.15 79
    4500 131.3 243 45.70 47.32 0.98 80
    5000 115.8 214 51.00 60.19 0.85 83
    5200 106.4 196 52.50 67.38 0.77 83

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.3 sec.
    0 to 30 12.3 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props 15x15
    Load 2 persons, 3/5 fuel, no water, no gear
    Climate 92 deg., 85 humid; wind: 0-5 mph; seas: <1

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Beneteau Antares 23 power
    Outboard power and numerous amenities may catch the eye of boaters looking for an upgrade.

    Mission

    The Antares 23 is the middle point of a new three-boat line from French boatbuilder Beneteau. The company’s in-house designers created the Antares 23 to appeal to boaters who are comfortable with outboard power, but may be seeking wider cruising horizons. With a forward cabin and a dinette in the salon that converts to a berth, the Antares 23 can host a small family for overnight cruising, at an affordable price.

    Beneteau Antares 23 bow
    Her proud bow has a distinctive look from this forward angle.

    Distinguishing Features

    • Outboard power will appeal to boaters of various experience levels, thanks to recent developments that add ease of maintenance, clean operation, and impressive performance.
    • Large windows make the interior bright and airy from the windshield to the side windows, to the aft glass bulkhead. And the side windows have opening panels for ventilation.
    • Overnight accommodations add to the versatility of the Antares 23 for two couples or a family, where the day doesn’t have to end just because the sun goes down.

    Performance Test

    Let’s take a look at how the Antares 23 did in our performance test. The Antares 23 has a LOA of 27’ (8.23 m), a beam of 9’1” (2.76 m), and a draft of 2’7” (0.79 m). With an empty weight of 4,776 lbs. (2,166 kg), 60-percent fuel, and 2 people and test power, we had an estimated test weight of 5,887 lbs. (2,670 kg).

    Beneteau Antares 23 profile
    The Beneteau Antares 23 was equipped with a 200-hp Mercury FourStroke 3.4L V-6 outboard for our test.

    With the 200-hp Mercury outboard turning a 15x15 prop, we reached our top speed of 35.4 mph at 5200 rpm.

    Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 18.6 mph. At that speed, the 6.8 gph fuel burn translated into 2.7 mpg and a range of 182 miles. That said, increasing the speed to 4000 rpm and 23.7 mph means an increase of 5.1 mph at the cost of only 1 mile in range.

    Beneteau Antares 23 running
    At cruise speed, the Antares 23 had a tendency to lean into the wind slightly, which could be corrected with trim tabs.
    Beneteau Antares 23 running
    We reached planing speed in 4.3 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6.7 and 30 mph in 12.3 seconds.

    Handling

    The Antares 23 has a tulip-shaped bow that deflects spray low and to the sides, with molded-in spray rails and full-length running strakes. Her 11-degree roll into the turns keeps guests comfortable in all but the most heavy-handed maneuvers and we did not experience prop ventilation regardless of trim.

    Calm conditions on our test day prevented us from getting any meaningful opinion on how she handles chop. We ran through the wake of our camera boat and she showed no bad habits, settling back into her cruise speed quickly.

    Beneteau Antares 23 running
    The single 200-hp Mercury outboard drove her to a top speed of 35.4 mph.
    Beneteau Antares 23 hull
    Her tulip-shaped hull carries its volume far forward for more onboard space, but her forefoot is sharp below the spray rails for a more comfortable ride.
    Beneteau Antares 23 lean
    She had a comforting inboard lean in turns.

    Features Inspection

    Platforms

    At the stern, dual platforms flank the outboard power. There is no walkway forward of the engine well, instead it’s a step across from one platform to the other.

    To starboard, there’s a four-step, stainless steel, telescoping reboarding ladder recessed into the deck of the platform. The attendant grab handle is right alongside, but in the trip zone for people boarding the boat from a floating dock on that side. Just forward is a 14” (35.56 cm) wide walkway to enter the cockpit from the platform.

    Beneteau Antares 23
    The two swim platforms are to either side of the 200-hp Mercury outboard. As can be seen, there is no room for a second outboard.
    Beneteau Antares 23 walk way
    The walkway from the swim platform into the cockpit is on the starboard side.
    Beneteau Antares 23 cockpit
    At the cockpit entry, a wet storage compartment is concealed under a hatch and it’s self-draining overboard.
    Beneteau Antares 23 gate
    There’s a minimalist gate that folds inward to close off the walkway, and is held in the open position by a pinch latch.

    Cockpit

    Cockpit gatherings will take place on a U-shaped settee to port that wraps around a solid wood table on a single pedestal. The entire area can get some shelter from an overhead Bimini that attaches to the aft end of the hardtop.

    There’s stowage under the side and forward seats. Additional stowage, as well as access to a mechanical space is beneath a large hatch in the cockpit sole.

    Beneteau Antares 23 cockpit
    The entire cockpit is flanked by large grab handles angled in from their position on the covering boards.
    Beneteau Antares 23 hatch
    The cockpit hatch raises on gas-assist rams and even lifts with the cockpit table in place.

    The transom bench, part of the U-shaped lounge, can slide forward to provide space for the outboard to tilt out of the water, a clever way to optimize the LOA of this boat. Even in the forward position, the seat is still usable, thanks to legs with stainless steel hinges and gas-assist rams that fold down automatically when the seat is pulled forward. To make the cockpit as large as possible, simply fold the legs into recesses on the underside of the seat and hold them in place as the seat slides back.

    Beneteau Antares 23 support
    Fold the support legs up and hold them in place to push the transom seat back.
    Beneteau Antares 23 aft seat
    The seat is in the aft position for most operating conditions, making the most out of the cockpit.
    Beneteau Antares 23 legs
    The legs deploy automatically when the seat is pulled forward.
    Beneteau Antares 23 seat
    The seat is sturdy on the legs and can be used normally in the forward position.
    Beneteau Antares 23 transom bench
    Because the transom bench slides forward, the outboard has space to tilt up out of the water.
    Beneteau Antares 23 support
    An optional aluminum support and filler cushions can create a large cockpit sun pad.

    Bow Access

    Even with a symmetrical layout, with 12” (30.5cm) wide side decks on either side of the deckhouse, the bow will be easier to access from the starboard side. That’s because there’s a step to the side deck, instead of the port side seat. Each side deck is served by a grabrail atop the cabin, and the bowrail is 24” high, as required by ABYC standards.

    Beneteau Antares 23 step
    The step, indicated by the red arrow, makes it easier to access the side deck to starboard.
    Beneteau Antares 23 side decks
    The side decks have a grab handle in the cockpit and a 24” high rail.
    Beneteau Antares 23 hard top
    The hardtop grabrail lends security to fore-and-aft travel on the side decks.

    Foredeck

    The trunk cabin can be covered with optional cushions to create a full width 6’3” by 4’11” (1.91 m x 1.50 m) sun pad, with the cushions made up of five separate sections for easy handling and storage. The entire foredeck is molded in nonskid to make it easier to keep one’s footing when dealing with the anchor or docklines or to enjoy the sun pad.

    Beneteau Antares 23 sun pad
    The optional sun pad cushions create another useful space on the foredeck.

    The ground tackle is managed from beneath a hatch in the foredeck. The 24” (61 cm) high bowrail has an 18” (45.7 cm) split at the bow, where a stainless anchor roller extends forward, and the fluke anchor is galvanized. Under the hatch is a windlass mounted to a center bridge with easy access to the rode locker to either side beneath. We like the snubber to keep the anchor from deploying accidentally but we would also like to see a beefy cleat on centerline to shoulder the load of the anchor.

    Beneteau Antares 23 anchor
    The anchor is secured in a stainless steel roller that extends forward from the bow.
    Beneteau Antares 23 locker
    The foredeck locker opens wide to manage the ground tackle.
    Beneteau Antares 23 remote
    The wired remote control for the optional windlass stows in a bracket on the aft side of the rode locker.

    Interior

    The sliding glass door to the interior is a two-panel design that slides open to the port side, and opens 2’11” (0.89 m) wide. To enter the salon from the cockpit, it’s a step over the sill of the sliding door, and then two steps down to the salon sole.

    Beneteau Antares 23 layout
    The Antares 23 is designed to make the most of a limited amount of interior space.
    Beneteau Antares 23 track
    Guests step over the track of the sliding aft door to enter the salon.
    Beneteau Antares 23 interior
    The interior is bright and airy, thanks to large windows with slide-open sections.

    The salon represents a modest gathering area, but this is not a large boat, so the use of space here is well thought out. Booth-style seating is to port, positioned fore and aft of a pedestal table. The forward seat on the booth faces aft for dining, yet has a movable backrest that can be reversed so the seat’s occupants can enjoy the views forward when underway. In either configuration, the support rails reduce the usable width of the 31” (79 cm) seat to 26” (66 cm).

    Beneteau Antares 23 dining area
    A booth-style dining area is situated fore and aft.
    Beneteau Antares 23 lockers
    There are four lockers beneath the dinette, including a large one in the elevated platform on which it sits.
    Beneteau Antares 23 back rest
    The backrest of the forward seat can be removed and reversed…
    Beneteau Antares 23
    … To create a forward-facing companion seat.

    Opening side windows and a sliding overhead hatch combine to provide ventilation. All this can be closed off with curtains and a sliding shade. The dinette can be converted to an additional berth with filler cushions.

    Beneteau Antares 23 sliding
    Sliding sections ventilate the salon and help to avoid the “greenhouse effect” that large expanses of glass sometimes cause.
    Beneteau Antares 23 hatch
    An optional, oversized sliding hatch in the overhead has a wide handle to make it easier to open.
    Beneteau Antares 23 curtains
    Curtains stow neatly with hook-and-loop-fastened straps and provide privacy and dark at the dock.
    Beneteau Antares 23 overhead
    The overhead hatch has a sliding shade that blocks the sun.
    Beneteau Antares 23 filler cushions
    Filler cushions turn the dining area into a handy berth. Note the dark-tinted acrylic fiddles on the molded-in shelves.

    Access to pumps, through-hull fittings, and shutoffs are under two hatches in the salon sole. There’s a wood-finished door in the inboard side of the molded-in box beneath the aft seat that conceals the master battery switches.

    Beneteau Antares 23 through hull
    Access to through-hull fittings is right beneath deck hatches in the salon sole.
    Beneteau Antares 23 hatch
    The aft hatch in the salon makes it easy to reach the 42-gallon (160-L) water tank and plumbing fittings.
    Beneteau Antares 23 battery switches
    The main battery switches are tucked just inside the salon sliding door.

    Galley

    The galley is situated starboard of the dining table, featuring a countertop drying area that drains into the adjacent molded-in sink. A tinted acrylic panel fitted to the front of a molded shelf creates stowage in the side bulkhead. Below is a refrigerator (44 quart / 42 liter capacity) and stowage.

    Beneteau Antares 23 galley
    Given that this is only a 23’ boat, the basic galley is functional.

    The helm seat is mounted on a hinged base that allows it to tilt forward to provide additional counter space when the galley is being used. On our test boat it had a gas-assist strut to hold it up. On a boat this size, the galley will only be used when the boat is stopped. So, this is a clever double use of space for more utility. An optional stove can be added to allow easy cooking on board.

    Beneteau Antares 23 galley
    This galley has an optional single-burner gas stove. And note the helm seat folded forward for added counter space.

    Helm

    The helm is to starboard and a dark-paneled console helps reduce glare. The compass is centered atop the console and there’s a 9” (22.86 cm) multifunction display mounted front and center, between a port analog SmartCraft tachometer with digital display and starboard optional bow thruster control with fuel gauge just below.

    Beneteau Antares 23 helm
    The helm has a clean layout that places both the compass and the chartplotter screen within easy line of sight. In this picture, the bow thruster toggle is in the upper right.

    On the same panel of the helm, a bank of rocker switches lower down and to port control wipers and lights, among other functions. The Fusion stereo control head is directly above the wheel on its fixed base, and the engine ignition is to the right.

    Beneteau Antares 23 bow thruster
    The bow thruster control is positioned within easy reach as the skipper looks out the opening window to starboard during docking operations.

    The helm is served by a single helm seat mounted on that hinged base. It adjusts fore and aft and has a flip-up bolster. The engine throttle and shift control lever is mounted on the starboard bulkhead, and there’s a sliding panel that allows the skipper to open the window and let in the fresh air.

    Beneteau Antares 23 helm seat
    The helm seat allows the skipper to find comfort in a variety of positions.

    The overhead height at the helm is 6’4” (1.93 m) – something that we find noteworthy in a 23’ boat -- and the helm seat has a footrest that adds to the captain’s comfort level. There’s a spot for a removable platform to aid shorter captains, raising the deck at the helm by 4” (10.16 cm) to help improve sightlines when standing. This platform should always be latched in place when in use or it can flip up inadvertently.

    Beneteau Antares 23 foot rest
    The fixed footrest lets the skipper perch in comfort on the helm seat.
    Beneteau Antares 23 standing
    The helm footwell is slightly elevated but, with the footrest, lets the skipper stand and put one foot up.
    Beneteau Antares 23 panel
    A panel drops into place to serve as a platform for the helm station, raising the deck height here by 4” (10.16 cm) and has a stainless latch on the bottom to help secure it.

    The windshield is a single piece so it has no center mullion to obscure the view, and it measures 6’2” by 26” (1.88 m by 66 cm). The frame has a brow across the top that extends 7” (17.78 cm) to help reduce glare. A pair of windshield wipers have integrated freshwater washers, but there are no defogger vents.

    Beneteau Antares 23 windshield
    The one-piece windshield offers good lines of sight with little distortion.

    Cabin

    On centerline is a companionway that grants access to the modest cabin below, where most of the space is given over to the berth with 3’6” (1.07 m) of headroom above. There’s a spot to sit down at the foot of the berth that can be filled in to extend the sleeping space. A shelf runs along the port side of the berth to stow odds and ends.

    Beneteau Antares 23 berth
    The berth will overnight two in comfort, and an overhead hatch provides ventilation as well as possible egress for slim boaters.
    Beneteau Antares 23 filler
    This filler section provides a seat, while a filler cushion lets it add space to the berth as well.

    The wet head compartment has a sink with pull out sprayer. Stowage is underneath the sink and on a shelf fiddled with tinted acrylic that is located behind the manual flush ceramic toilet. The overhead height in the head is 4’7” (1.40 m) which translates to 3’2” (0.97 m) of sitting headroom above the toilet seat. An opening portlight provides ventilation.

    Beneteau Antares 23 wet head
    The wet head has a molded sink and shelf. The optional pull-out shower adds to the utility.

    Noteworthy Options

    The options listed below may appeal to those planning on cruising the boat and spending overnights aboard:

    • • Electric windlass
    • • Single-burner gas cooktop
    • • Diesel heater
    • • Water heater
    • • Marine toilet with 17 gallon (64 L) holding tank
    • • Additional berths in the salon
    • • Opening portholes in cabin and head

    The options listed below may hold more appeal for day boaters:

    • • Extended swim platform

    • • Forward sun pad cushions

    • • Cockpit sun pad with aluminum support

    • • Overhang stem head with swimming ladder

    Observations

    The Beneteau Antares 23 has many features that can be added depending on how prospective buyers intend to use the boat. With confidence-building outboard power adding a host of features and simple maintenance, the Antares 23 will present an appealing package for the accomplished day-boating enthusiast or the nascent cruiser (or both) to try something new.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Beneteau Antares 23 (2019-) is 32.6 mph (52.5 kph), burning 17.8 gallons per hour (gph) or 67.37 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Beneteau Antares 23 (2019-) is 18.6 mph (29.9 kph), and the boat gets 2.7 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.15 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 182 miles (292.9 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 200-hp Mercury.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    GPS/Chart Optional

    Systems

    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Optional
    Water Heater Optional
    Windlass Optional

    Galley

    Refrigerator Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Optional
    Transom Shower Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional

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