As the owner of a modest size cruising cat (PDQ32) I've been wondering if the species was becoming extinct. This boat and the Mahe suggest that at least some builders think there is a market.
The first thing I noticed is what appears to be a high freeboard. This boat is going to have some windage. As soon as they get one in the water
, they should publish a photo
- it may look better than the drawings. I'm also not wild about the solid foredeck. They did step the hulls out above the waterline to give some reserve buoyancy.
The center cockpit
, aft cabin
design is similar to our PDQ32 and we find it works well on this size cat. The decision to go galley
up on a small cat is interesting but it looks like they may have made it work. That's not easy with only a 16 foot beam. (not trying to start a galley
Although they have published several pages of specs, there is no displacement
number or mention of sail area that I could find. Also, since the biggest problem with cruising in smaller cats is payload, they really need to provide an estimate of the largest safe payload. Difficult to do do but important.
Those two large ports
in the aft cabins might not be the greatest if the boat takes a large stern wave. Easy enough to swap out for smaller ports
and still have enough ventilation/visibility. The cockpit
should be quite secure.
The self tacking jib
on a track is the same as our PDQ
and we love it. I'm less thrilled with a bridle
for mainsheet control. I would have a hard time giving up our long traveler for mainsail
trimming. It's one of the great benefits of a cats beam. I can see why they did it, just don't care for it.
I must agree with Therapy that the centralized line station is really cool. Short, low friction runs, easy access. Single
handing this boat should be a snap.
Interesting boat. Look forward to photos of the finished product.