Used PDQ 36 MKIII Classic Catamaran For Sale

SOLD! (07/03)



Yacht Name:  AMARULA
Year:  1996
Model:  PDQ MKIII Classic
Listed:  $159,000
Locatation:  Sarasota, FL
Hull Material:  Fiberglass
Engine/Fuel Type:  Twin Gas
LOA:  36' 5"
LWL:  34'4"
Beam:  18'3"
Displacement:  8,000 lbs
Draft:  2'10"
Bridge Clearance:  47"
Engine(s):  2 x Yamaha 9.9 4-stroke
Fuel:  55 g
Water:  85 g
Holding:  30 g
Builder:  PDQ Yachts Inc., Canada
Designer:  Alan Slater

2 Queen size berths w/loads of head room
Galley with Princess 2 burner LPG Nova Cool 12V refrigerator
Kariba WDS 1043 clothes washer/dryer unit
2 Stainless steel sinks
PUR MR00-80 Water Maker
Air Conditioning
Wolter instant LPG hot water heater
Lighting 12 volt DC

Garmin GPS 45 portable
ICOM IC-706 SSB, Std. Horizon ECLIPSE-vhf
Autohelm ST4000 autopilot
Furuno 24 mile radar
Autohelm depth finder TRIDATA w/speed & trip
Heart Freedom 20 - 2000 watt inverter/charger
4 x 6 volt storage batteries with 2 in series for 12V and one group 27 for outboard motors
Ritchie Powerdamp compass
Autohelm TRIDATA w/speed and trip

Autohelm anemometer (wind)


AMPAIR 100 wind generator
2 x Yamaha 9.9 4-stroke

Stainless steel and aluminum deck hardware
Bruce #33 anchor, 80' chain and 200'nylon line
Simpson Lawrence anchor windlass in w/vert. capstan & gypsy
Dinghy davit custom on arch
1995 10' AVON inflatable hard bottom dinghy
Dodger canvas cover
Captain's chair at the helm
Solar panels
Full batten mainsail w/lazy jack
Roller furling head sail w/track
All halyards lead to cockpit
2 primary self tailing winches
Halyard winch 2 speed
Jam cleats for halyards
2 reef points in main sail
Full cockpit coverage dodger/bimini
Double life lines
Trampoline netting

3 aerial flares
2 Type II
2 inflatable life jackets


AMARULA is in great condition with everything in Bristol Condition. She has a 16,000 BTU air conditioner installed which keeps the boat cool during the hot summer months. She also has a brand new windlass. AMARULA is a fabulous boat to own. She is pretty quick, and will keep you safe in all conditions. She includes the LRC package with stainless steel bow protectors. She also has a custom arch designed for the wind generator and dinghy davits. The interior is practically new and features a custom salon table with wine and wine glass draws. AMARULA comes with an extensive inventory of spares perfect for long range cruising. AMARULA has been a joy to own and sail.


Perry Design Review: PDQ 36
Innovative cruising cat by Slater

by Bob Perry

You will note as you study multihulled craft that the proportions can and will vary just as much as they do in monohulls. We have fat and heavy monohulls and we have ultralights. The designer must choose a balance of performance and accommodations that suits the particular sailor he is designing for.

Obviously the fastest cats just have two hulls with a big trampoline net in between like the one you saw Dennis Conner sail to whip the huge Kiwi boat in the last America's Cup. That type of cat is one end of the spectrum. Starting from that point the designer can begin to add volume in order to get some cruising accommodations. While the Atlantic 46 had a D/L ratio of 62, this 36-foot cruising cat built in Ontario, Canada, has a higher D/L ratio of 88.27. This difference in D/L ratios translates to more usable interior volume.

The PDQ is an excellent example of what I was referring to regarding the aesthetics of multihulls. The sail plan shows a boat with a heavy look to the cabin structure, but an on-the-water visit to the PDQ revealed a pleasant-looking boat with a good feeling of balance. Again, note that the highest layer of the cabin-trunk, designed to provide headroom at the dinette, is not wide at all, being tucked well inboard of the main cabin-trunk. If you can put the work of Phil Rhodes out of your mind for a few minutes and ignore that Hinckley moored across the harbor, you might just end up admiring the sculpted lines of the PDQ.

The hulls are symmetrical with long and low-aspect-ratio fins located well forward to help with windward work. The rudders are tiny. Remember that when you restrict heel angle you do not need so much rudder area because the boat is not inclined to pull the rudder out of the water. You also have the benefit of having two rudders. This results in a major advantage to almost all the big cats in that they have very shoal draft. Beam max on this vessel is 18 feet, 3 inches and draft is 2 feet, 10 inches.

As you begin to study this interior layout, keep in mind that this boat weighs only 8,000 pounds. Upon entering the PDQ, you are faced with a large U-shaped dinette. This is essentially the main cabin, and it is partially open on the port side to the galley located down in the port hull. There are double-berth staterooms forward in each hull. The head is in the starboard hull, and there is an additional sleeping space aft of the galley in the port hull. Headroom in the dinette area is not enough for me to stand up straight, but headroom in the hulls is impressive.

My first strong impression of this interior was "Boy, this is really different." All your existing benchmarks for interior layouts have to be put aside. Note the settee forward of the head in the starboard hull. This seems like an awkward idea, and I'm not sure of the utility of this sunken seat as it does not appear to be convertible to a berth. This interior will work nicely for two couples.

I like to go fast. Bouncing across the waves, sitting on 800 horsepower and doing 75 knots is a good way to wake up your heart muscles. But my enjoyment of life on the water has more components than just speed. What I find lacking in the layout of this cat is the feeling of womb-like security I get when I go below on a traditional monohull. There are no sure design specs to produce this feeling, but it has always been a major part of my attraction to cruising boats. I am hoping that increased exposure to multihulls will teach me a wider range of appreciation of styles and layouts.

The cockpit of the PDQ is huge. You don't have to worry about crashing around in the cockpit because you are not going to heel 20 degrees. Unfortunately, the seat level in the cockpit puts your eyes down where your only clear line of sight is directly aft and this could get annoying. You steer from an elevated, powerboat-style seat with the wheel mounted on the bulkhead. Sail controls all lead to the cockpit including single line reefing controls. Steps are molded into each transom. There are virtually no side decks on this design, but sunning space is optimum with the large area provided by the bow trampolines.

Auxiliary power is provided by two 10-horsepower outboards tucked conveniently away in the hulls. These engines push the PDQ at seven knots and retract for zero drag under sail. The advantage of these widely spaced engines is that they can be used to give the PDQ a very tight turning radius in close quarters. Twin diesels are also available although I prefer the simplicity and light weight of the outboards.

The designer of the PDQ line of cats is Alan Slater. I look forward to seeing more of his work.

Details are thought to be reliable but are not guaranteed. 
Offer subject to change, prior sale and tax when applicable.
2003 2Hulls, Inc[HHC05092003JA]

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