This is hull number four of the most popular PDQ 41 power Catamarans. She is fully equipped and ready to go cruising. She is also loaded with designer touches on the interior space. If you've seen the feature in Passagemaker's, June 2008 issue, you know what we mean! The PDQ 41 incorporates some of the most innovative design technology available in the market today. With her master suite, featuring a walk-around queen on the salon level, she is truly a "first in yacht design". In addition to her unique layout her unbelievable performance and economy of operation make her a "first" in her class. This PDQ 41 was manufactured by the Whitby, Canada based PDQ Company and reflects all of the latest refinements and technology in power catamaran design. PDQ, which “closed their doors” in 2007, was dedicated to building the finest cruising catamaran on the market and you can see that immediately in Sleigh Ride. The amount of engineering that went into the design and construction becomes immediately obvious when you step on board.
Total Power: 265 X 2
Cruising Speed(s): 9 MPH @ 2 gal/hr (1 gal/engine), 16 MPH @ 8 gal/hr (4 gal/engine, 20 MPH @ 10 gal/hr (5 gal/engine)
Max Speed: 29 MPH
Fuel: 360 gallons total, 160 in port and 200 in starboard tanks
Fresh Water: 150 in port and starboard tanks
The accommodations on the PDQ 41 consist of a unique master suite located on the living level of the yacht and a nice guest stateroom, aft in the port hull. The salon table also drops down to make an additional berth. There is an optional smaller “bistro” table that can interchange with the larger table.
The master suite incorporates a walk-around queen berth, large dressing area, and a spacious head. The master berth is located on the same level as the salon and is surrounded by windows and opening hatches. This unique design provides a wonderful feeling of being "on the water" rather than "down in a cave". The berth lifts to provide a large extra storage area. The larger table can be stored here when not in use. Stepping down two steps places you in the dressing area where there are abundant hanging lockers, built-in drawers and storage cabinets. There is a flat screen TV facing the bed, allowing wonderful viewing from the bed.
Forward of the dressing area is a nicely finished head with a fresh water plumbed, quiet-flush toilet and a very large, separate stall shower. Fresh air ventilation thru the master is excellent. When entertaining guests, the master closes off from the main salon and the rest of the boat. This allows for a very quiet and private space. The guest stateroom located in the port hull, just aft of the galley, has a bright and well-ventilated queen berth aft, a large hanging locker, flat screen TV, its own A/C unit, and a 12v fan. The guest head is located just forward of the galley and also features a quiet-flush toilet.
The salon, like the master suite is on the deck level and is surrounded with windows. This provides a very airy, open feeling with excellent visibility of the area around the yacht. The salon area encompasses a main seating area with dining table that seats six very comfortably, a navigation/entertainment table, and the lower helm. The salon table drops down to make a large berth when extra guests arrive, or if the owner simply wants a leisurely day. There is an interchangeable smaller “bistro” table that can be changed out with the larger dining table. Both tables can be stored beneath the lift-up bed in the master stateroom. The smaller “bistro” table makes a great PC or iPad work area. Wi-fi enabled printer/copier/fax machines can fit on top of the chart table or in the guest stateroom when not in use, providing a great “work away from home environment” for business professionals needing such a convenient, but functional environment. Sleigh Ride also features a custom storage/shelf unit under the chart table. Large storage areas are located under the salon seating and the salon table (our wine locker!). Further "nice touches" include a Phantom screen on the salon door and front opening center window, dimmer switch on the overhead salon light, and Ultraleather upholstery throughout. Finally, Sleigh Ride’s entire interior was custom done and featured in a ten-page article in the June 2008 issue of PassageMaker Magazine (Copies are available). Vertical cornices, color coordinated soft blinds, and other decorative features throughout the boat make Sleigh Ride a one-of-a-kind pleasure.
The galley is located down two steps in the port hull. Standard in the galley is a full size combination microwave/convection oven, Nova Kool12v refrigerator/freezer, three burner propane cook top, double stainless steel sink and lots of counter space. Cabinet and drawer space is also extensive. Two large pantries are also located in the forward end of the galley. Because the galley opens up directly into the salon it is quite open and very much a part of the entertaining area. The galley is sufficiently large for two chefs to work together comfortably. Sleigh Ride also features a custom hanging built-in organizer to enable significantly better use of space.
Like all PDQ designs, the 41' incorporates a large and very functional flybridge. Unlike many yachts where the flybridge is just an afterthought, this flybridge is most impressive and well designed. The advantages are great visibility, seating for eight, a complete outdoor galley, an unbelievable amount of storage and an aft sundeck with custom cushions for the sun worshipers. In addition, Sleigh Ride also features a 12 volt refrigerator to accommodate drinks and foods, significantly cutting down on up/down trips. There is also an ice-maker located on the fly bridge. In addition to the ice maker and refrigerator, Sleigh Ride also features a built-in Force 10 propane grill for the complete cruising and cooking experience. Moreover, just to the left of the grill is a stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water. You can make drinks, cook, eat and wash up without leaving the flybridge!
The arch of Sleigh Ride has been updated to include multi-colored LED lighting (optional white, red or blue) and new water-proof stereo speakers. This same LED lighting has also been added to the entry light into the boat, as well as blue underwater lighting mounted under the hulls aft, creating a stunning effect.
Access is by way of a gentle staircase that makes passage safe in any sea conditions. Two comfortable helm chairs make long passages comfortable and the Venturi windscreen really works. In thirty knots of wind there is virtually no breeze at eye level! The arch also lowers electrically for a low bridge clearance of 14' 9". There is just no better place to entertain (in good weather) than the flybridge of the PDQ 41'.
The deck and exterior components of the PDQ 41 are all designed to enhance functionality and decrease maintenance. Provisions have been included in the design for solid and significantly upgraded (65 lb. CQR) anchoring systems, excellent storage space, ease of deck, bow and water access. The bimini on Sleigh Ride comes in two parts, allowing for user flexibility. The forward bimini is a stand-alone bimini, and the stainless structure is unique to all PDQ 41s. The second bimini connects to the forward, main bimini and then to the radar arch, providing total coverage of the upper deck. Sleigh Ride also features two unique and custom sun shades, one which is reversible from port to starboard and back, to provide shade in the morning or evening for the entire length of the main cabin structure. The second custom shade feature is a large cover that attaches to the top aft railing of the upper deck and then to the parallel bar of the Edson SS dinghy davits. This feature provides significant sun protection for the entire aft deck area and the main stateroom as well. Additional specific items that are worthy of mentioning include:
Sleigh Ride has been equipped with the latest Raymarine system with complete capabilities at both helms. The system consists of one E120 display at each helm, a 6002 Smart Pilot with remote on the FB, DSM 300 depth sounder, and a 4KW radar unit. A standard horizon digital VHF radio with remote mic on the flybridge is also included. Sleigh Ride is also equipped with a complete entertainment system including 26" LCD TV, a DVD player, Shakespeare TV antenna w/amplifier, and a stereo system/tuner with speakers in the salon and on the FB. The master stateroom and the guest stateroom also feature flat screen TVs, which include DVD players built in. Sleigh Ride also has Direct TV satellite on board. Ray marine electronics and wiring, as well as the engine instrumentation, are readily accessible from behind the lower helm station. Added by most recent owner: Raymarine SiriusXM weather, satellite radio and Globalstar satellite phone.
The electrical system on the PDQ 41 is best described as simple, well done, and very capable. The major components consist of a 6KW Northern Lights generator (650 hrs), a Prosine 2000 inverter/charger, twin 30 amp shore power inputs, and a 440 AH house battery bank. The main electrical panel is located just aft of the entertainment center/nav area. The panel hinges offer complete access to the central wiring area. The Prosine inverter/charging system is a truly "smart" system and provides security and control over both the 110V and 12V systems.
The house battery bank is located under one of the FB steps to make maintenance an easy task and consists of four 110 AH wet cell batteries. The engine start batteries are isolated for use but combined with the house bank for charging. The generator start battery is completely isolated. The generator is located forward in the starboard hull and is enclosed in a Northern Lights sound box. There is full (6'+) standing headroom in front of the generator for ease of maintenance. Placement of the generator in the forward part of the hull also allows for minimum noise intrusion into the main cabin and minimal worries about fumes.
One of the best new engines to be offered in the marine market is the Yanmar 6BY series. The engines used in the PDQ are the 265 HP version which have now proven to be one of the quietest, smoothest and best performing engines available. These engines give the 41' a top speed, fully loaded of just under 30 mph and a very comfortable cruise speed of 18 to 20 knts. At 18 mph total fuel consumption is 10 gph. Another remarkable aspect of these engines in conjunction with the hull design is that ON ONE ENGINE, she will reach a top speed of 18.5 knts!!!! On the subject of ultimate economy, running at a speed of 7.4 knts with both engines, the range is about 1440nm. On one engine at 7.4 knots, the range is about 1700nm.
In 2010 Yanmar announced a "Product Improvement Program" on the 6BY series engines. This program was completed in 2010 on these engines.
All engine maintenance work has been done by a certified Yanmar dealer at the prescribed intervals.
Following are further mechanical highlights worthy of mention:
PDQ developed a reputation for having the most advanced technical design capability in the catamaran industry. This was proven with the incredible efficiency and seaworthiness of the 34. In the design of the 41', they were able to "scale up" the proven 34 hull design with minor modifications and it has now proven to be as efficient as the 34. With a larger footprint, higher bridgedeck clearance and more displacement, the designers were able to deliver a smoother- riding and quieter yacht that can handle much larger seas comfortably. It is not uncommon to run the 41' in 5' seas at 18 knts comfortably. Some owners have commented that on Gulfstream crossings in 10' seas that they have not felt the least bit concerned. Owners that enjoy performing maintenance tasks will appreciate the care that has been taken to locate all components in very accessable locations. Owners also appreciate that the hull is laid up with solid fiberglass below the waterline. Closed cell foam coring is only used above the waterline. This translates to a more durable boat, one that can be intentionally beached or anchored somewhere that dries out. Lastly, the running gear is totally protected by a skeg so running the boat aground will not cause any damage. Bottom line...the 41 is a good offshore design that will not let you down when the going gets tough but also incorporates many features that make it a great coastal/Bahamas cruising yacht.
As an avid boater/cruiser for over 50 years and someone who has owned both sail and power, and sailed the entire coast from New England down through the Keys and the Bahamas, I can honestly say this is one of the most remarkable cruising yachts I have ever owned or seen. She offers a combination of performance, economy, comfort, accommodations and functionality that is the benchmark in the industry.
Sleigh Ride has received routine maintenance by James Power (ex PDQ Warranty service manager) and First Mate Marine Services, St. Augustine, FL, and is in excellent operational condition. A full maintenance log is available.
Sleigh Ride is attractively priced and will continue to put a smile on the face of her new cruising owner.
Dinghy is new (2013) Caribe 8'3" w/ a new Mercury 6hp engine.
Washer/Dryer: A Splendide washer/dryer is located under the berth in the guest stateroom. The owners have found this washer/dryer to be great keeping up with dirty clothes, significantly extending the pleasures of cruising clean and not allowing dirty clothing to stack up and clutter up the boat. When not in use, you don't even know it's there! The machine can be programmed to vary water usage in washing depending if you are at a dock or on the hook.
Water Maker: Sleigh Ride features a 8 GPH Village Marine water maker located in the starboard engine room. The system is a 12 volt system and does not require the generator to be working. The system is plumbed to feed either the starboard or port water tanks or both so you can manage the tankage levels when cruising in the Bahamas or other locations where water is at a premium.
Water Purifier: Sleigh Ride upgraded the boat's water system to include a UV water purification system. The system is integrated into the ship's pressure water system and is located in the locker, forward of the table in the main salon. Drink the water out the ship's tanks in total comfort and safety.
1751 SW Commodore Place
Palm City, FL 34997