Cost: around $1,000,000

PDQ pride themselves on producing a premium quality yacht made specifically for long distance liveaboard cruising. At 44 feet it is a spacious vessel and there are a host of clever design features that both maximise the space and liveability of this classy yacht.

There is a focus on providing plenty of storage throughout the boat, there are well designed hatches to enhance natural ventilation below decks, a spacious cockpit with a hard bimini top and glass windshield that provides excellent protection from the weather and, we like this, no sharp corners or edges that might be a safety hazard in rough conditions.

The standard layout has the galley down in one of the hulls which PDQ believes allows for better storage and food preparation areas. Although we prefer galley up layouts, particularly for the continuity of visibility around the yacht, the galley in the Antares is very open to the salon meaning that the cook is not completely isolated from other crew or guests. A galley up option is available.

The door between the salon and cockpit is a good size, not unlike the Lagoon, so there is a very nice indoor/outdoor living space. The hard bimini top and glass windshield makes the cockpit extremely comfortable in most weather conditions and the cockpit can be completely enclosed if needed.

More expensive than most other comparably sized catamarans but with an eye to quality that puts this yacht firmly in the equation for any liveaboard requirements.