I own Pdq
3697 the one with boards and spent a lot of time around PDQ
when the 42/44 where being built. I will not speak to post PDQ, 44s but I know a little about the originals.
They where meant to be the Hinkley of cats, never meant for charter
always meant for comfortable cruising with reasonable performance sailed by a couple.
While looks are personal, when you start to look closely at some of the details, the boat looks better. For instance the rather vertical windows at the front of the saloon
which are protected by an eyebrow, keeps the cabin
cool and protects the adhesive
from Uv. Every privilege
I saw in the Caribbean
last winter had canvas
on those near horizontal windows.
Engines under floor keeps weight out of transom which allows for slimmer sterns which means in a large following sea the boat will track better.
I match raced the President of Pdq on a pair 44s on lake Ontario
. They where nimble fun to sail and very responsive,in fact I even managed to tack and leebow the other boat. The drive shaft steering
is very sensitive and good to use.
down allows for wider decks and a more open space in the saloon
It also means much less movement ion a seaway.
My father always said a warm crew ois happy crew and the cockpit
on the 44 really does that well
If the boat seems a little high think about the two key dimensions. First comes bridgedeck clearance and then the height of a person, I think a lot of designers are selling out on the former so as to keep the profile down .
I wanted one, it was the dream boat for my wife and me even oif she was not keen on the looks. It did not fit our budget
so we got an Outremer
45. Lots of clearance, wide decks, galley
down,skinny hulls and skegs and a lot of deck