The Solaris Sunstar 36 was built to Lloyd's offshore
specs from a design by Eric Lerouge (very similar to the Manta
) and should prove to be a capable offshore
vessel. Although the bridgedeck clearance may be a bit less, the Lerouge 'shape' for the bridgedeck aids immensely in reducing the actual underbody impact. Having said that, you should obviously sail both and make your own determination.
One notable difference is that the Solaris has standing headroom
in the saloon
whereas the PDQ 32 requires one to open the large companionway
for the same. I quite like the setup on the PDQ although I must say, I think it would be a bit of a nuisance for longer offshore passages/liveaboard purposes during inclement weather
The Solaris will likely have inboard diesels as apposed to outboard
motors, and you can make your own determination as to which you would prefer for a cruising cat.
One knock on the Solaris is the extensive use of glued on vinyl headliners/carpeting which will likely need to be replaced.
Which would I prefer for offshore
sailing? All else being equal (condition, inventory etc.), I would prefer the Solaris over the PDQ 32. However, as a nearshore/Bahamas cruiser, the PDQ 32 would be an excellent choice.