I am on my fourth power cat. Started with a 21' Seacat and currently have a 27 World Cat TE and a 2005 PDQ
. I, obviously, am a fan of the catamaran hull
The World Cat is a 40mph/1 mpg fishing
boat without many soft horizontal places for non-fisherpersons to lounge. The PDQ
is a 18MPH/4mpg condo (albeit with 12 rod holders).
The PDQ has twin 100 Yanmars, fully protected running gear
, draws about 2', twin staterooms with full queens, single
(i.e. with separate shower), a down galley
, dual a/c , water
maker, washer/dryer, and fly bridge and lower helm
We chartered the Moorings/Leopard 37 in Marsh Harbour and loved it. But, the Moorings/Leopard is set up for charter
rather than long term cruising
. We purchased the PDQ last summer for the purpose of running around Florida's west coast
, the Fla Keys, and the Bahamas
. I researched many, many cats before deciding on the PDQ because that was the only boat reasonably available that ticked the top four boxes I had- dual helms, shallow draft
, fully protected running gear
, and accessible engines. The PDQs are not pretty, but I have long ago come to grips with the fact that I am a function over style guy. I don't believe PDQ is currently manufacturing new boats, but their website is still active and a web search will turn up several PDQ34's on the used market. The 2005-2006 is generally viewed as having the more desirable galley/salon layout.
Have fun with your search!