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Anyone out there online living aboard and cruising a PDQ 36'' or a Prout Manta 38'' cat.?
I am looking at both boats as my next home and would welcome any and all info both postive or negative on those 2 cruising catamarans or any other mid sized cats that you have 1st hand knowledge of.

Thanks in advance for your input..
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Hello..

Well have to say so far I am not the least bit impressed with the web site. Have yet to have a single "real" responce from anyone with first hand knowledge on PDQ.. I did have some guy who seemed to be a broker and was suppose to know a lot about most cats, I never called him inperson like he ask me to, was out to sea. He pretty much bad mouthed PDQ and also the catalac 41'' I was looking at.. BUT from some of his comments it lead me to believe he had never sailed or owned either. I ask him just WHAT he consided a good cruising cat and only responce I could get was "call him". I have friend on PDQ down in Trinidad who have been downisland for a number of years and like it except for the fact its a LRC which has the inboard diesels & shorter mast. They said stay away from those (LRC).. I have been looking up and down east coast, Florida to Annapolis for 6 months. Seen a lot of cats but keep coming back to PDQ. Liked the catalac 41'' (12 meter), had more space than I could believe, BUT it was a 1983 and we don''t want to go that old, have 2 old boats now and they are starting to be problems, a ''81 Endeavour and a ''81 Irwin.

Found a 1991 Prout Manta 38" really liked from S.Africa, but guy wants too much for it and won''t come down. Looks to be a strong boat. Had a bid accepted and a like new 1990 PDQ 34'' but heard some bad things about that model from a owner.

Have been to PDQ web site and have been waiting over a month for a responce from PDQ on some questions I ask them on different models and years and 3 boats we are looking at.. still NO responce back from them?? :-(
Posted a msg on owners site but only a couple msg''s, was a real dissappointment as thought would get a lot of responces..

Let me know if you hear anything worthwhile..
Don B.. still lookin'' and listening..
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I am investigating buying a 35'' Wildcat. It is in good shape...completely. It is a 1999 model, the price is good. Has anyone out there got any experience with Wildcats and their ability to perform passages? Yes, I know that they are manufactured in South Africa and sailed over....just want more info prior to committing.
 

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Hello.. NO first hand knowledge on Wildcat. But looked it up in my Multihulls Guide and it says new cost is $135k (US) and its from Durban, SA. PO BBox 5590, Durban 4000, SA. Phone# (27) 31-304-2994. Its built by "Prime Boating" and was introduced in 1996..

If you don''t have a copy suggest ya find a copy of "Sailors Multihull Guide" 2nd edition. A great book that has most of the late model cats listed with the specs for them and pictures of layouts and etc.. Its really good to use as a reference guid, has been for us at least..

Don..
 
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