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PDQ 32 Altair Classic

Designed by:
PDQ Yachts Inc. (Alan Slater)
PDQ Yachts Inc.
PDQ 32 Altair

With well proportioned lines and airy-feeling accommodation, the design of the PDQ 32 achieves a lot for a small catamaran. Construction is very solid, yet expert use of materials and construction techniques keeps the hull weight low. The centre cockpit is deep and well protected with a hardtop bimini. There are watertight compartments built into the hulls fore and aft.
The PDQ 32 Altair Classic is an updated version of the earlier PDQ 32 MkII and continues to be offererd in both Classic (standard) and LRC (long rage cruising) versions.

Multihull type:
Below waterline: solid fibreglass
Above waterline and decks: fibreglass cored with Klegacell rigid foam
Construction techniques: vacuum bagging and vaccuum-assisted injection, hand lay-up reinforcing in high stressed areas
Construction materials: tri-axial and bi-axial knitted fabric and acrylic modifed epoxy resin; carbon reinforcing on main mast-supporting beam.
Sails and rigging:
  • Masthead sloop rig with fully battened, fully roached main
  • Self tacking jib with roller reefing.
Deck layout and gear:
  • Centre cockpit
  • Hard-top bimini
Keels, boards and rudders:
Fixed keels

Port hull: stateroom with double cabin aft; galley midships; fridge/freezer forward

Starboard hull: stateroom with double cabin aft; navigation area midships; heads with shower forward

Saloon: table seating for 6

Accommodation images:
PDQ 32 Altair layout PDQ 32 Altair saloon PDQ 32 Altair heads PDQ 32 Altair galley PDQ 32 Altair stateroom
Systems - Power, Navigation:

Retractable four-stroke outboards deployed from pods beneath cockpit lockers in the Altair Classic version (Altair LRC has inboard engines)

LOA (length overall):
9.63 m (31 ft 7 in)
LWL (length at waterline):
9.45 m (31 ft)
4.88 m (16 ft)
Draft minimum:
0.97 m (3 ft 2 in)
Windward sail area:
47.0 m² (506 ft²)
Mainsail area:
30.75 m² (331 ft²)
Jib or Solent area:
16.26 m² (175 ft²)
12.47 m (40 ft 11 in)
3.89 m (12 ft 9 in)
4.47 m (14 ft 8 in)
11.89 m (39 ft)
Mast height above water:
15.09 m (49 ft 6 in)
Displacement, lightship (empty):
3266 kg (3.21 tons)
Displacement, maximum:
4174 kg (4.11 tons)
Number of berths:
Outboard engines:
Typical total engine HP:
Fuel type:
In production:
Number built:
50 - all PDQ 32s (Feb 2004)
New price up to:
$154900 US (approx: £78084 Sterling / 105495 / $176114 AUS)*
More images:
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Degree of customisation:
Several options
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