I've had two of those boats, the PDQ
36 and now have the St Francis 44 and been aboard all of them. If you want to do long ocean passages of more than a week or so I'd rule
out the PDQ 36, only because it has slender hulls 11 or 12 to 1 without much load carry capacity. I have a 350 lb friend and when he stepped onto my PDQ 36 the back transom sank at least an inch. Odd, when he stepped aboard all of the old salts onboard did the exact same thing and quickly glanced down at the waterline! For doing a circumnavigation
of the Caribbean
it would be absolutely fine. Its a great boat, extremely simply to operate, but it simply wasn't designed for transpacific passages.
If I were doing a circumnavigation
of the caribbean
though I would first choose the PDQ 36 as it's so easy to keep.
By contrast the St Francis is a boat that's used routinely for circumnavigations, especially considering their initial delivery
on the maiden voyage is usually 20+ days at sea from South Africa
to the Caribbean or Med crossing the atlantic the long way. It's a workman like boat with simpler water
based enamel finishes and coatings. Extremely structurally strong. Engines are yanmar
, arguable the best out there. Of the boats you've listed it would be one of the best sailors also with hull
length/hull beam ratios of 11 to 1 (unlike the PDQ though it has the length to carry the weight you would need for a transpacific). Call it a good 12 knot
boat in trade
winds of 18-20 knots. It would also have the most accomodations with a 10 by 14 ft saloon
area and very nice forward cabins. For the older models (Mk I) the clearance underneath is probably around 24 inches which isn't fantastic by modern standards but travelling with the trades it won't be an issue. Head
clearance aft in the hulls is around 6 ft midships, 5' 10 aft and 6' 2" in the forward cabins. In the settee area it's around 6'3 or 6'4". I'm six ft in dress shoes and find it fine everywhere. Of the boats you've listed (or any catamaran
really) it also has one of the bigger galleys with 8 ft of counter space. It's also one of the very few boats that has two sitz baths up forward. Very nice for kids
and honestly you can fit into it if you don't mind tucking your feet up a bit. It also has one of the highest sail area/displacement of any catamaran. Last it's one of the few boats with engines amidships. Great for balance and sailing ability.
39 and 43 are also routinely used boats for circumnavigation. More luxurious finish throughout. It's a heavier boat, very solidly built, some consider it more of a 8-9 knot
boat in trade
winds. Lot's of carrying capacity with wider hulls.
Of the boats you've listed it's probably one of unquestioned build quality and strength with probably the nicest interior
. Older models tend to have the saloon
windows where it's difficult to see out and contribute to a lot of solar
The older lagoon 42 (american designed and built) was a very nice boat. Seemed like it would be a good performer. Not much room however for a 42 ft boat in modern standards.
I would think any of the boats you listed under 40 ft except for the privilege
would be a little hard pressed to do a transpacific passage
. There's a huge difference between a transpacific and transatlantic by the way.