A 21-metre passenger vessel, Antares, has been delivered to the Amalfi sightseeing tour operator TravelMar. The fibreglass boat was built by Nautica Store, based in Salerno, Italy.
The vessel is 5.30 metres wide with a draught of 1.08 metres and can accommodate 179 passengers and 3 crew.
It can reach a maximum sustainable full-load speed of 20 knots powered by a pair of 450kW Volvo diesel engines.
The Antares features two decks with the wheelhouse located forward on a mezzanine.
Passengers can reach the sundeck passing through one big stairway at the stern. The services are back, outside of the main lounge and are located at the two sides.
Four embarkation areas, all equipped with wide gangplanks, are mounted astern, on the bow and on both broadsides.
Stefano Fermi, based in Cremona, Italy, is since 1993 the publisher of the Italian work boat magazine Il Battelliere - Nautica Professionale, and since 1995 the publisher of the web magazine TuttoCrociere - Cybercruises.com. Before the editorial business he was involved, for some years, in the construction of some innovative small passenger aluminium catamarans, based on Australian designs, that were the first ever built in Italy. His relationship with Neil and Alex Baird began in 2002 with the first edition of the Work Boat Europe Exhibition.