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PDQ 41: bluewater comfort

PDQ 41: bluewater comfort

PDQ Yachts this fall is completing construction of a new 41-foot power cat that is meant to do more than simply build off the success of the company’s popular 34-footer.

“This is not just a bigger 34,” says Rob Poirier, vice president of sales and marketing for Whitby, Ontario-based PDQ. “It’s a completely different boat. The boat has been designed to appeal to a completely different buyer.”

While the 34 burns an efficient 4-1/2 to 5 gallons per hour cruising at 17 to 18 mph, the 41 will emphasize comfort more than efficiency. And PDQ’s definition of comfort is twofold: finer appointments and increased seaworthiness.

The boat is meant to appeal more to the motoryacht crowd, Poirier says, as evidenced by the choice of engines, the styling of the flybridge and the master stateroom. “It is not a traditional PDQ,” says Poirier. “We’ve kind of gotten away from our trawler/sailboat background, as far as the engines for this boat.”

He says the 41 will be the first production boat in North America to use Yanmar’s new 260-hp marinized BMW engine. In fact, the engines are being developed as hull No. 1 is built, so there is some uncertainty to the 41’s launch schedule. PDQ plans to build a 41 per month in the first calendar year of the boat’s production. It builds about 25 of the 34-footers each year but says it plans to scale back to 18 per year in 2007, as production of the 41 ramps up.

The new boat has an “all-inclusive” equipment list that includes air conditioning, electronics, radar, generator and washer/dryer. PDQ introduced the all-inclusive policy with its new Antares 44i sailboat, which is sold out through 2008. The list of standard features and amenities is meant to improve the cruising experience, the company says.

Take the flybridge, for example. Poirier describes the flybridge on many trawlers as an afterthought. “Even on $1 million-plus trawlers, they still have Spartan finishes on the flybridge,” says Poirier. “There might be a single cheap helm chair and a couple of cushions. We’ve designed the flybridge on this boat to be something more reminiscent of what you’d get on a fine motoryacht.”

The 41’s flybridge layout includes a forward helm station with chairs for the skipper and a companion; large L-shaped lounge seating with a table, to starboard; optional day galley, to port; folding radar arch; and a sunpad abaft the lounge seating. Molded steps lead to the cockpit, which has seating, storage and access to the engine room in each hull.

The master cabin is on the bridge deck level, rather than down in one of the hulls, and has a walkaround queen-size berth with storage beneath. It is located abaft the lower helm station on the starboard side, accessed by an angled door. Poirier describes the master stateroom as light, bright and airy, with a moon roof overhead, full-size windows (including a stern window), and opening ports in the dressing area. Three steps descend into the starboard hull for access to the private dressing area and head compartment.

The saloon area is forward and slightly to port of the helm station, which leaves space for a forward dining area on a raised platform, similar to that of the PDQ 34. The electrical panel, with a flat surface that can be used as a nav table, is to port of the helm station.

The galley is in the port hull and is open to the saloon. It comes with a three-burner gas stove, convection/microwave oven, and refrigerator/freezer. There is room for an optional fridge, icemaker or oven. Also in the port hull is the second stateroom, placed aft.

Comfort aside, the 41 will be an efficient boat, like its little sister, Poirier says. The cat’s hulls are narrow (11:1 length-to-beam ratio), and maximum beam is 18 feet.

“Our hull design is very similar to that of the 34, but it is a much heavier boat,” says Poirier — a boat meant for bluewater passages. “People using 34s for bluewater boats … can take it, but it’s not comfortable. [The 41] is a boat you can take to Bermuda and not think twice about it.

“If it can cruise at 17 to 18 knots, and burn 10 gallons per hour, it will be a home run,” he says. “It will be a very efficient boat by motoryacht standards.”

Specifications

LOA: 41 feet

BEAM: 18 feet

DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches

DISPLACEMENT: 25,000 pounds

HULL TYPE: catamaran

TANKAGE: 360 gallons fuel, 150 gallons water, 70 gallons waste ENGINE OPTION: twin inboard diesels

SPEED: unavailable

EQUIPMENT: includes air conditioning, electronics, radar, generator and washer/dryer

PRICE: $550,000 (with twin 260-hp Yanmars)

CONTACT: PDQ Yachts, Whitby, Ontario.

Phone: (905) 430-2582.

www.pdqyachts.com