|At the Factory last week I was able to walk through the plug which will be used for the aft master suite cabin mold(s). It included the entire cabin, with a raised section for the island bed. The finished boat will have a large storage area under the bed. Gas cylinders (similar to those on car liftback hatches) will facilitate access.
The master suite is located on the bridge deck level. You walk right through the companionway door and turn sharp right - no steps. Unlike most catamaran cabins, this "suite" has large windows all around - like a small apartment. (Curtains will be a necessity!) Three stairs lead down to the dressing room in the starboard hull; there is a full-height closet aft. Going forward, you come to the master head complete with separate shower - very reminiscent of the unit found aboard the Antares 44 sailboat.
The main salon is laid out much the same as the 34. A raised helm station with double bench seat sits to starboard. Ahead is the dining settee area which is arranged in a somewhat more circular shape than in the 34. There's a nav seat and large flat surface for chart work to port opposite the helm.
The galley is down three steps to port and includes amenities similar to the Antares 44. A pass-through (removable section of dinette seat-back as in the newer 34's) allows line-of-sight between the galley, settee and helm.
A distinguishing feature of the new 41 is the very large flying bridge area - much like that of a luxury 50+ft cruising boat. Access will be by a gentle stairway complete with hand railings.
There'll be enough room up there for nearly a complete duplicate of the main salon accommodations including a second galley (if desired) as well as a generous sunbathing area.
The radar arch will fold (with hydraulic assist cylinders) to reduce air draft when needed. There's little doubt, this will make an elegant Great Loop boat!
|The New PDQ 41 Powercat|
|A very nicely rendered view of the new PDQ 41 Powercat showing the very large flying bridge. Inside the aft-facing solarium windows is the master suite with island queen bed at bridge-deck level .|
| PDQ 34 owners and, as I understand it, every order now on hand (December 2005) comes from a current, or previous, 34 owner.
Highlights of the new model include:
• Master Suite with walk-around queen bed
connected to private head with shower
• Queen sized guest cabin with separate head
• Lower helm station similar to 34 powercat
• Large galley with pass-through to dining area
• Large aft cockpit with easy access to water
• Engine room access from deck
• Large flying bridge with optional galley
• Efficient hulls (11-to-1 L/B ratio) with raised
(28-in) bridgedeck clearance, new inboard
spray deflectors and a central rib to forestall
|The new PDQ 41 Power Catamaran was designed specifically to address issues raised by|
|Main salon layout, lower helm to right, galley to left|
|All in all, a pretty impressive effort! I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the completed boat - presently on schedule for a summer 2006 splash. PDQ is aiming for a formal debut at the Annapolis show in October 2006.|
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| PDQ 41 Powercat - Finally, the
official PDQ 41 Powercat web site is up!
| PDQ 41 Specifications:
LOA . . . . . . . . . 41' - 0"
Beam . . . . . . . . 18' - 0"
Draft . . . . . . . . . 2' - 8"
Displacement . 25,000 LB.
Fuel Capacity . 360 US gal
Water Capacity .150 US gal
Engines: twin Yanmar 260 HP!
| Much of the equipment presently optional on the 34 will be
standard on the 41, some examples of Standard Equipment:
|• 240 HP Yanmar Engines
• Twin 500 Racor filters
• Northern Lights 6kW generator
• Prosine 2.0 Inverter/Charger
• Splendide 2000 Washer/Dryer
• 3-Burner Propane Stove
• 2 Hot Water Heaters
|• 3-Zone Reverse-Cycle AC
• Genius Anchor Windlass
• 35 lb CQR Anchor
with 200' 5/8 chain
• 2 x 50' Shore Power cords
• Folding Radar Arch
• Flybridge Cushions
|This should be a fast boat, I'm guessing over 20 kts top end, and 18-knot cruise - if you want it.|