In cats below 38', innovative features become critical, and therefore become a matter of personal taste and style.
Also, availability is very important. It's one thing to want a particular style of boat at a particular price
, and another to find it.
When I looked at PDQ
and similar styles, I found them to be a bit constrictive and crowded for my taste, with very little "walk around" room in the salon
. The Gemini
is larger, but still suffers from that lack of "Walk-around" room.
By contrast, the Seawind
has an open salon/cockpit combination that solves that problem, but is also very exposed. For the Caribean, this design seems appealing to me, though I don't know if I would want that much exposure all the time.
But then there is the rub - though I think like the design, I don't know if I could find one, or how much it would cost, or even if I would like it once I saw it in person.
Though I'm a big fan of cats, I've often said that for a single
sailor and in smaller sizes, monohulls are often a more practical design. If you can find one that has a retractable dagger board, you can still take it into skinny water
. Even if not, you may find that the every-day comfort will trump the shallow-water benefit - depending on your personal cruising style.
With respect to the water
maker, I believe that every one of the rowboats in the Pacific rowboat race
(just completed last week, or still ongoing) had a solarpowered water maker. If it can be made to work on a rowboat, you can make it work on a sailboat.