For Sale at 19,900...SORRY, NOW SOLD


Antares of Ashton capsized on her way to southern Ireland, with a new owner. See the link to Antares on the menu for a fuller description.


Antares of Ashton is an Iroquois MkIIA Catamaran and is a British Registered Vessel; Register No 339730 in Glasgow

She was designed by Rod McAlpine-Downey and built in 1971 by Sailcraft Ltd of Brightlingsea England

Her main dimensions are 32ft LOA, 13ft 6in Beam and 2ft draught (5ft with boards down). She weighs around 2.5 to 3 tonnes. She has a potential 8 berths but 5 or 6 is considered ample. The 2 private stern cabins contain cosy double berths. The 2 bow berths are spacious and can be separated from the main cabin by curtain. We use one for storage. The separate heads compartment contains a wash basin. There is full standing headroom in the heads, galley and stern cabins, stooping/sitting headroom on the bridge deck.

Despite being over 30 years old she was very well engineered and is structurally in very good condition; 2 surveys over the years have found no problems. Again, given her age, she is still one of the most elegant catamarans to be seen and, in terms of sailing ability, can out sail many modern designs.

We have sailed Antares for the last 16 years with our 2 children learning, virtually from birth, the joys of fast and level sailing. I also regularly sail single handed with no problem.

After all this time, and much agonising, I have decided to move to a smaller boat so Antares is up for sale.

Hull & Deck:

Hull: white fibreglass osmosis protected
Rudders are skeg mounted
Deck: china blue balsa sandwich
Regularly wintered ashore.


Fully battened mainsail with 3 slab reefs (Blackmore Sails)
Furling Genoa 150%
High Cut Furling Genoa 130% (Blackmore Sails). New UV strip (2003)
Storm Jib
Drop in sail cover

Standing and Running Rigging:

Z Spars internal slab reefing boom (Extended, acts as crane for dinghy launch)
Plastimo 910 Roller reefing
Stainless standing rigging, roll swaged (new 1997)
Wire Main halyard on winch
Wire Jib halyard on winch
Spinnaker halyard, topping lift/downhaul
Spinnaker pole
Boom topping lift
Jib sheets
Main sheet
Spinnaker sheets


2 x Lewmar Ocean 2 speed self-tailing jib sheet winches
2 x winch handles
2 x bottom action spinnaker sheet winches
2 x wire halyard winches on mast
2 winch handles
Radar reflector (Firdell)


Plastimo Neptune 2000 Stainless 2 burner cooker with grill and oven (2002)
2 x Calor gas bottles in self draining cockpit locker
Double drainer sink with freshwater pump + electric pump fed from flexible water tank
Fire extinguisher
Fire blanket


Taylor's Paraffin cabin heater with remote pressurised fuel tank
Propex Calor gas hot air heating to stern cabins
Fire extinguisher
Brass ships clock and barometer
Brass oil lamp over table
Curtains to all windows


PAR Brydon marine toilet (1998)
Wash basin and fresh water pump fed from flexible water tank


25lbs Plough anchor, 5m chain, 50m warp
10Kg Bruce anchor, 2m chain, 30m warp
Various mooring warps
Various fenders


9.9HP 4 stroke Yamaha, electric start, 10A charger
Cockpit mounted single lever remotes
60 litre stainless petrol tank + Plastic reserve


2 x 75 Ah batteries charging by outboard
2 x Battery switches
Main plus reading lights in saloon, galley, heads, cabins and chart light
Port, starboard and stern navigation lights
Steaming light
Masthead tri navigation light
Anchor light
Switch panel with breakers on all circuits


NEW Clipper Depth (2003)
NEW Clipper Speed & Log (2003)
Husun compact VHF
2 x Plastimo bulkhead compasses
Autohelm 4000 tiller pilot with cockpit mounted control/display head
Emergency Wasp trailing log.


Flatacraft Force 3 Rib with full sailing rig carried on Custom built rack over stern deck


Instruction booklets + full yacht documentation
Roving Bilge pump
Boarding ladder
Ball and cone

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