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Designed by Alan Slater, the PDQ 36 Capella Classic is a well-built nimble-sailing cruising cat designed for family cruising. Overall, 96 PDQ 36ís have been built (RSVP is hull 93), making it one of the most successful cruising catamarans manufactured in North America. The PDQ 36 Capella is handsome in profile, partially due to clever styling with a cove stripe and port lights on the cabin trunk deflecting your eye from the high freeboard that is a feature of most cruising cats. The hulls are solid fiberglass below the waterline and cored with Klegacell foam
above. The decks are also foam-cored, except in areas where high-load fittings are attached. Those areas are solid fiberglass. Her fixed keels make a great deal of sense and the rudders are foil shaped.
The cockpit is spacious, deep and has a feeling of security not always found on cruising cats. There is good visibility from the raised helmsman seat to starboard with the wheel mounted on the bulkhead. She has a hardtop bimini with opening hatches for added ventilation. The mainsheet traveler spans the cockpit on an aft bridge-deck, and the primary self-tailing sheet winches are easily within reach on the aft section of the cabin-trunk. Halyards are routed aft to the forward end of the cockpit to rope clutches, roller furling on the forestay and Anderson
winches. The deck-stepped spar is by Seldon. Storage lockers are located forward in each hull. The trampoline sections are well supported and are a great place to hang out under sail. The nonskid surface is excellent and the handrails are stainless steel. There are also plenty of deck hatches for terrific ventilation.
The interior plan is one of RSVPís most appealing features. She has a practical arrangement that is well suited for extended cruising. Her saloon features a large folding table with comfortable wraparound Ultra Leather settees 2010 and unobstructed visibility. Three steps carry you down into each hull. The starboard side features a fullsized chart table amidships and a large molded head compartment with a separate shower aft. The port hull houses the galley, which includes a two-burner stove and oven, double sinks and a generous amount of counter space. Aft to port is a cabin that is designed as a machinery and storage room. Her two double sleeping cabins are forward, side-by-side on the bridge-deck. These spacious cabins include queen berths with overhead deck hatches and large hanging lockers. Her head is extremely spacious and has a glass-door, separate shower. Her overall interior finish truly is practical and very beautiful.
Her engines, 9.9-horsepower four-stroke Yamahas 2010 and 2012 are mounted in lockers below the cockpit seats. They provide plenty of push and can be tilted up when not in use, eliminating all drag. Another advantage is that they can be removed and hauled into the shop for servicing which saves the expense of having a mechanic come to the boat.
RSVP is an intriguing and very inviting. She offers good performance, spacious deck and interior layout, shoal draft and flat sailing. She is solidly constructed and will hold her value well on the used market. RSVP is in excellent condition and ready to take her new family on newfound adventures.
(This is a preliminary listing and more photos to follow)
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