I am an Antares 44i owner. Our boat is being built. I can speak directly, as an owner and someone who has been to Argentina
and recently helped commission hull 4432 (2 weeks ago) that you are incorrect in your statements. I would also seriously question the credibility of your comments regarding other boats given the "accuracy" of your comments about Antares.
We looked at the L440 (did NOT like the fly bridge), Privilege
(very nice boat), SF50, Catana
, etc. -- and selected the 44i because it was the best overall balance for us as a liveaboard
Everyone has different needs, budgets, etc and that is why there are a number of viable boats for different folks.
There is a dramatic difference in the quality of build, equipment
, etc - IMO - over the 'production' cats. You pay for it with the 44i, but that is their market.
Interesting that you mentioned the Prout. A Prout was in Annapolis
last year that had granite countertops in the salon
and both heads. Not sure why in the hell that is a good idea on a cat....but hey, each to their own......