Ready for a tropical vacation? Anchored just off Warrior's Rest, MD.
PDQ yachts are known for superior quality, durability, and ability in heavy going. Quality resins, synthetic cores, vacuum-bagged construction, and strategic use of carbon fiber result in light weight, strength, and freedom from delamination and blistering. Systems are well thought out, designed for easy maintenance, and carefully installed. Unlike the "price point” the boats they often compete with, these were built with years of bulletproof, reliable service in mind; if quality is important to you, this PDQ will make you happy.
The broad deck provides comfortable lounging, both at anchor and underway. A custom bridle and 35-pound Manson Supreme anchor insure comfortable, secure nights. A Fortress FX-16 provides back-up.
The subject of nearly 100 articles in Practical Sailor and Good Old Boat Magazine, Shoal Survivor has been lovingly maintained and thoughtfully upgraded in many subtle ways to increase comfort, reduce maintenance, increase reliability, and add to the "cruisability" of this great boat design.
This is was the first extended PDQ 32/34 Altair. Two extra feet of hull clean up the wake, improve performance, and smooth out the ride. A bottom step is now 32 inches wide, providing easy boarding and improved "play time" at anchor. Working with the tender and kayaks is more comfortable, swimming is more fun, and a comfortable transom shower makes for a pleasant end to a summer's day.
Shoal Survivor is simply the fastest, most thoughtfully tweaked PDQ32/34 out there. And she's ready to go anywhere, any time. No question about it.
1997 PDQ Altair
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(Note: items denoted with highlight and underline are links to more information. There are also over 360 posts in this blog, most of which detail up-grades and maintenance.)
She's a fast boat.
- Builder: PDQ Yachts, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
- LOA: 34 feet
- LWL: 33 feet 4 inches
- Beam: 16 feet
- Weight: About 8,500 pounds
- Draft: 3 feet, 3 inches. Keels have been faired and extended for improved windward pointing and speed.
- Bridge Clearance: 49 feet
- Bridge Deck Clearance: 40 inches (fwd) / 23 inches (aft)
- Engines: Two 9.9 hp Yamaha retractable outboard motors (new August 2012). 4-cycle, high thrust, long shaft.
- Morse MT-3 Controls (New March 2013)
- Hours: approx. 175
- Cruising Speed: 6.5 knots
- Maximum speed 7.4 knots
- Fuel: 27 gallons
- Fresh Water: 47 gallons
- Holding: 30 gallons
- Two 10-pound propane tanks in factory-vented locker. Sensors in both hulls.
A simple touch screen gives access to all air conditioner functions.
- Air Conditioning: Dometic Turbo 10,000 BTU air conditioner. Runs on 120V AC, pulls only 8 amps running. Can run on batteries for several hours.
- Heat: Dickenson P9000 4,500 BTU propane fireplace with sealed flue.
- Hot Water: Takagi T-K Jr. propane tankless hot water heater. Exterior vented, located in bulk-headed, isolated starboard bow compartment.
- 507 sq. ft. with self-tacking jib
- 645 sq. ft. with genoa
- 847 sq. ft. with spinnaker
The squeezer (at top) makes setting by a single person easy.
The large trampoline makes for easy drops.
An adjustable tack bridle makes for perfect trim, from close reach to run.
Shoal Survivor’s interior is bright, airy and easy on the eyes. Fitted with the "classic" layout, she has two private cabins with queen-sized beds (standard linens), a roomy salon with 270˚ views, full galley, navigation station, and a head with shower. She sleeps up to 6 people with the use of twin flip-up convertible berths in the salon. The interior finish is fiberglass with all cabinetry in cherry veneers and solid cherry trim. Seating and berth surfaces are upholstered. Flooring is teak and holly throughout.
Entry from the cockpit is through a well-designed full-width sliding hatchway leading to the salon. The salon features a dinette with a solid cherry table with storage in the center. The table provides comfortable dining for six people and folds down if desired (rope tackle). The U-shaped settee surrounding the table is upholstered in dark blue striped Sunbrella removable cushions. Storage space is provided under each of the salon seats, with hinged tops with custom lift-out trays for smaller items. A swing-down television and DVD player provide evening entertainment.
Broad windows and a skylight provide an unobstructed view from the helm. All zip-out, if desired in fair weather.
Enclosure new in 2011
Enclosure new in 2011
The aft sections of both hulls contain mirror image private cabins with queen-size athwartship berths. The berths use standard queen-size double bedding with 3-inch high density foam mattresses with toppers. Each sleeping cabin has a hanging locker, cupboards, storage bins and six opening hatches to provide excellent ventilation. A huge storage area is available under each bunk to stow sails and cruising paraphernalia. The lids are hinged, with props, to allow easy access without un-making the bed.
The remainder of the port hull is devoted to the galley, including a propane refrigerator, microwave, 2-burner propane stove, and numerous cabinets.
The amidships section of the starboard hull contains the navigation station. A large inset shelf provides ample chart and small part storage. The main electrical panel hinges down for easy access. Air conditioning, heating, inverter, and stereo controls are also located in this area. The opposing wall contains cabinets, a bench seat, and a hanging locker.
The forward section of the starboard hull contains the private head. Equipment includes a Jabsco manual head, shower with hot and cold pressurized water, sump pump and sink, and exhaust vent fan. There is also a mirror, towel racks and two cherry storage cabinets.
There's nothing like fresh crabs and cockpit dining. Parks Marina, Tangier Island.
The hard top makes for good times even with afternoon rain. No need to button up the companionway door or slider.
- LPG propane system. 2 x 10-pound tanks in a vented deck locker. Solenoid interlock system and Fireboy Xintec s-2A gas detectors in both hulls.
- Seaward two-burner propane stove.
- Polished stainless steel double sink.
- Built-in NSF 53 water filtration system removes cysts and greater than 99% of bacteria. Water is also pre-filtered before filling, and the vent is screened. (This post describes prudent and established water filtration practice)
- Dometic 3.0 cu. ft. propane refrigerator.
- Plentiful storage in cherry cabinets.
- A flip-down cutting board and drop-in extension extend usable area. Custom fiberglass countertop guards.
- Custom cherry slide-out spice rack.
- Microwave oven.
- 120 volt outlets.
- 12 volt fan.
- Bilges in both hulls are dry and provide excellent storage for bottles and cans.
Design and Construction:
- Vacuum-bagged composite construction
- Vinylester resin skin over hand-laid tri-axial knit fiberglass fabric with high-tensile marine resin and Klegecell foam core.
- Hulls are solid below the waterline.
- Low aspect fin keels have sacrificial sections to deflect much of an impact away from the main structure of the boat.
- PCA Gold two-year anti-fouling paint (will re-paint during inspection haul-out).
- Seldon 39’ aluminum mast (masthead rig.
- One forestay, two cap shrouds, one set of diamond shrouds; all stays are 1×19 stainless steel wire with swaged terminals and turnbuckles.
- Lazy jacks.
- Raymarine ST60 masthead instruments plus Windex indicator.
- Twin Lewmar 40 2-speed winches at mast.
- Flag halyard on starboard spreader.
- Spinnaker halyard and rigging
- Topping lift.
- Extra halyard sheave and outlet available.
- Hood Seafurl 800 furling gear (re-build with upgraded bearings 2009).
- Main: Mack Sails full-batten main (new 2014). 3 reefs.
Lazyjacks (retracted) make sail handling a breeze.
- Blue Sunbrella main sail cover.
- 150% Genoa: Quantum, 2006, with UV leach protection replace 2013.
Inside sheeting track allows optimum genoa trim to windward--only PDQ32 with this feature.
- Self-tacking jib: 1997 with UV leach protection. Seldom used and stored in air conditioned room.
- Spinnaker, 2006. Red, White and Blue Asymmetrical Spinnaker with adjustable bow bridle.
- Four self-tailing 2-speed cockpit winches (two Harken 32s, and two Lewmar 40s).
Under Genoa, 7 knots. The value of good bridge deck clearance is clear.
Under Genoa, 7 knots. The value of good bridge deck clearance is clear.
Under spinnaker, 7 knots. Smooth.
Hull and Deck Equipment: Big under-bunk lockers!
- Vinyl-dipped Dacron trampoline, very secure and comfortable.
- Deck cleats (6): one on each bow, one on each transom and one each side of amidships.
- Bow fairleads: one on each bow on inboard side for chafe-free mooring.
- Transom fairleads: custom line deflectors guide mooring lines under dinghy.
- Large deck lockers in each bow for storage of anchoring paraphernalia and misc items.
- Large stern lockers for boat gear and cleaning supplies.
- Lewmar and Beckson opening hatches: (21).
- Swim shower on starboard stern steps
- Manson Supreme primary anchor (35 lb.) with 100 feet of 1/4-inch G43 chain and 150 feet of 1/2-inch nylon rode, stainless anchor roller with hawse pipe (starboard).
- Lewmar V700 electric windlass (2013) on Port for primary anchor. Controls at helm for single-handed anchoring. Foot controls at bow.
- Fortress FX-16 secondary anchor with chain and nylon rode. Stored in transom locker for easy deployment in dual-anchor situations.
- Two custom anchor bridles with locking chain hooks.
A center cockpit is secure in all weather, rain or shine.
Jacklines make moving on deck safe in all weather.
- Harken 8-foot mainsail traveler with 3:1 Harken controls.
- 6-spoke Whitlock steering wheel.
- Padded helm seat.
- Fan at helm.
- New cockpit canvas, 2012.
- Hardtop Bimini including two LED light and 2 x 85 watt solar panel array.
- Canvas sheet and storage bags (2).
- Removable cedar cockpit sole.
- Winch handle pockets (2).
- Winch handles (3).
- Numerous dock lines (various lengths).
- Numerous fenders (various sizes) and fender board
- Swim ladder on starboard stern.
- Transoms stretched 2 feet in 2014 to provide improved boarding and speed.
With hull extensions, 7.5 knots. a nice smooth wake.
Cabins: Two identical aft cabins are equipped as follows:
- Queen-size bed (uses standard queen-sized linens).
- Small hanging closet.
- Numerous small cabinets.
- Reading lights.
- Two Caframo Bora fans.
- DVD player and fold-down TV screen with Bose speakers.
- Table seats six. Storage in center of table.
- Flip-up leaves create two twin berths.
- Storage under seats, including removable storage trays.
- Screens and storm windows for all opening ports. Covers (canvas or fiberglass) for all windows.
- Shower with hot water.
- Head (new pump 2017).
- Medicine cabinet and storage.
- Exhaust fan.
- Holding tank vent filter (refillable) prevents odor. New sanitation hoses 2011.
- Three 12-volt 145 AH batteries (435 AH total), new August 2011.
- 160W Solar Panel array (2 x 80 watts) on cockpit hardtop.
- Morningstar Solar controller with current and voltage display.
- Heart 2000W Inverter/Charger battery management system.
- Full 120 volt AC/12 volt DC Paneltronics electrical panel.
- Shore power cord, 50 ft.
- 120V outlets: galley, head, salon, navigation station, and cabins.
- Low-power fluorescent lighting in salon and hulls. LED lighting in cockpit.
- Magellan FX 324 Color Map GPS Chart plotter at helm with charts for Caribbean and North America.
- Raytheon Autopilot (compass course or wind direction).
- Raytheon Tridata (speed, wind, depth, water temperature).
- Standard Horizon VHF.
- 4-inch Ritchie magnetic compass.
- Sony Radio/CD player with 2 speakers.
- Flat screen TV (swing-away mounting) with DVD player and Bose speakers.
- Supplemental Raycor filtration, each engine.
- Silica gel vent filter reduces fuel evaporation and water absorption, increasing engine reliability.
- Lifeguard vent trap prevents vent over flows.
- Mercury 3.5 HP 2-stroke engine will built-in fuel tank. Portable 1.5 gallon tank.
- 9-foot, 2-inch BoatUS inflatable. Hypalon with hard floor, 2002. Includes composite seat, paddles, anchor, and air pump. New floor 2012, refurbished 2017.
- Dinghy davits with upgraded 6:1 rigging, plus tricing lines and aluminum spreader bar. Two kayaks are easily carried on top of davits.
- Anchor (stainless steel Mantus Dinghy) and rode.
A dinghy and two kayaks are no problem at all. Even with full tanks, the transoms are still out of the water. The boarding platforms and ladder (starboard) make for easy access to all of your water toys. Swim platform shower (door on starboard transom) is great for washing off the salt. (there is also a hot water shower in the head compartment).
Extended transoms make for comfortable boarding of the tenders and kayaks. Great for passengers with mobility limitations and fun for the kids.
- Whale bilge pumps (2); shower gulper pump.
- Life Sling with rail-mounted soft case.
- Full jacklines and dedicated hard points for safety tethers.
- Signal horn, flares, etc.
- Six life jackets.
- Two fire extinguishers.
- Lifelines with six gates and stanchions surround the deck.
- Magma barbecue grill with on rail attachment and Sunbrella cover.
- Mesh slider mosquito screen.
- Cleaning supplies: bucket, mops, deck brushes.
- Numerous miscellaneous spare parts.
- Gasoline jerry cans (5-gallon and 1.5-gallon for tender).
- Bike rack for transom rail. Carries standard bikes.
- Trolling equipment (fishing), including several Cuban yo-yos and removable mini-outriggers.
A short gallery of detailed Photos
A meticulous air conditioning installation, designed for quiet operation and ease of operation and maintenance. 2015.
The spinnaker adds a lot of enjoyment to down wind sailing. An adjustable bridle eliminates the need for a pole or bowsprit. When sailing deep downwind, the tack is hauled to windward.
All through hulls fittings are in bulkheaded fittings. Perfect for avoiding that sinking feeling. The boat also has crash tanks fore and aft in both hull, backed up by by bulkheads about 8 feet from the ends. She is basically unsinkable, with over half of her keel length cleverly sealed off.
Self-tacking jib traveler. I prefer to use the genoa, but the smaller self-tacking jib provides an easy option.
Fixed GPS and my tablet provide redundancy and flexibility.