26th Nov 2015

Beneteau Antares 9.80 Review

Beneteau Antares 9.80 Review

The Benetau Antares 9.80 is a 32-foot flybridge cruiser powered by twin Volvo diesels. It offers all the amenities of a larger boat with spacious accommodation and plenty of headroom. The main cabin features a double island bed with deep drawers and storage underneath and there is a hanging locker. The guest cabin has berths for family or friends and the cockpit has room for four people on deckchairs. If you’re looking for a compact flybridge cruiser that offers great performance and exceptional value, a second-hand Benetau Antares 9.80 should be on your list.

Who and what was this boat designed for?

The Benetau Antares 9.80 is a flybridge cruiser with planing hull and semi-tunneled twin shaft drives, designed for cruising in estuaries and around the coast. The boat has good acceleration and is designed to run through the water properly. Although hydraulic trim tabs are available as an option, the boat is unlikely to need them. The Benetau Antares 9.80 is aimed at young families and owners that appreciate the quality of build and the French styling.

What commentators say about this boat

Combining spaciousness with high performance, the Antares 9.80 provides a unique sensation of smoothness and power on the water.

The boat has amazing acceleration and, when you plant the throttles even gradually, a perfectly level, imperceptible shift to planing speed.

They didn't sacrifice performance to get more interior volume.

A boat this size with twin diesel engines and this kind of performance at this price is remarkable.

The Antares 9.80 is a cute little weekender with all the comforts and nice French styling.

The most amazing thing is the softness of the ride. The boat's natural trim angle presents a fine forefoot to the water.


  • Length overall: 32ft 8in (9.95m)
  • Beam: 11ft 2in (3.40m)
  • Draft: 2ft 7in (0.78m)
  • Weight: 6.06 tons (5499 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 140 gallons (169 US gallons) (640 litres)
  • Water capacity: 48 gallons (58 US gallons) (220 litres)
  • Engines: Volvo KAMD43 six-cylinder 230hp electronic turbocharged diesels

What’s great about the Beneteau Antares 9.80

  • Excellent hull design giving smooth ride
  • Fast performance and good acceleration
  • Convertible cockpit
  • Good deck space
  • Spacious owner's cabin with island bed
  • Good driving station

What to look out for on a pre-owned Beneteau Antares 9.80

If you’re buying a used Beneteau Antares 9.80, our engineers and owners have reported some things to watch out for and potential faults that might occur on this boat from time to time.

  • Small bunks in guest cabin
  • Manual toilet and no shower stall
  • Limited room around the twin Volvo engines
  • Closeness of the engines and props mean it doesn't pivot quite as well as wider-bodied shaft-driven cruisers.

Keeping your Beneteau Antares 9.80 in shape

When buying a used Beneteau Antares 9.80, regular scheduled servicing and attention to some minor points will keep your craft in top condition.

Regular servicing

Carry out regular engine and drive servicing in line with the manufacturer’s recommended intervals.


We don't currently have any specific maintenance information for the Beneteau Antares 9.80

If you have ever owned or worked on a Beneteau Antares 9.80 and would like to share your thoughts, then get in touch and we'll add your information to the page.

Laying up

Follow manufacturer’s recommendations when laying up for winter.

Model-specific repairs

The Beneteau Antares 9.80 is not known for needing specific repairs more frequently than other boats.

Why buy a pre-owned Beneteau Antares 9.80?

A second-hand Beneteau Antares 9.80 is an ideal choice if you’re planning to cruise the coast or spend weekends away and want a boat that offers more space and performance than a dayboat.

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