Beneteau Antares 8 is currently almost the only planing cruiser with a length of up to 8.5 meters, equipped with a stationary engine, transmitting power to the propeller through a direct shaft. The advantages of this propulsion system are evident: simplicity, reliability and high efficiency. But why the company he represented only French RHEA 28 Timonier and American Albin 28 Tournament Express, intended primarily for fishing? Look at the shortcomings of the hospital with the shaft. A large draught, an extremely inefficient use of the internal space of the boat, increased vibrodiagnostic. Judge for yourself — the 200-strong French Nanni diesel T4 on Antares 8 is located under the cabin floor and under all the technical tricks will not be able to make the noise level comparable to the engine in the cockpit and the corner column. Or with an outboard motor as Antares 8.80. In the rest of the Beneteau Antares 8 is a good family cruiser. With a large bed in the nose, located diagonally, with a latrine where you can stand upright, and dinette in the cabin convertible into two berths. Apart from a few flawed speed: at a maximum 3600 rpm engine Nanni is only the speed of 20.7 knots. However, fuel consumption is small — a total of 41.5 litres per hour.
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