The PSC 40 and 44 were being built well past 2002. PSC made VALIS (a PSC 44) for me in 2001, and I watched her being made. VALIS is hull #16, and I believe they made one or two 44's after that. The new Pacific Seacraft
company is offering the full line now (I think the Dana molds went somewhere else).
The PSC line was indeed sail-away quality right off the line. The rigging
is excellent, and there's nothing you *need* to add. The standard equipment
package is quite complete. Of course I've added stuff, but this is mainly racing rigging
, and not needed for cruising.
As for being rugged, these boats are tight and solid. During days of sailing into big seas and living at a 20-degree heel, the doors all open and close, and nothing is breaking loose. I remember seeing a photo
of Nigel Caulder's PSC 40 stuck completely out of the water
, trapped on a drying rock. According to Nigel, there was no damage beyond some scraped bottom paint
The boat is built with a liner, which some people don't like, but there is reasonable access to the hull in most areas. There isn't as much room down below as you will find on many similar-length boats, and they are heavier than most. Still, they have a lot going for them -- it just depends on what you are looking for.