Having already sailed on a Gemini 105mc (little wind) and a couple of years snooping the internet our search was basically to see what was available at the time and possible may still be available when the cash is in our hands from the selling of the house. Our main objective of this trip, was to get aboard some PDQ's that are also in the same price range as the Gemini, although a bit older out of the factory. They make a 32 foot with a 16' beam available with twin diesel engines in each of the hulls, or twin 9.9 Yamaha gasoline outboards located in lockers in the cockpit. They also make a 36 foot PDQ with an 18' + beam with the same power configuration. We missed our only chance to see a 32' PDQ in Georgia, as it sold the Sunday before our trip.
Finally we tracked down a 36 with two diesels, which for my old school brain feels a more reliable way of propulsion. I knelt down in the spacious shower stall to open the access panel to the engine and was surprised to see the engine filling the whole door space Yikes! I ran to the deck to find what I knew HAD to be there, a hatch from above. When I lifted this starboard hatch, the engine was still almost 6' away, straight down! The only way was to climb down and straddle the engine. NO WAY! NOT ME! I'd seen enough! Although the port engine had great access under a half bunk of sorts, the starboard engine turned me right off. The single diesel of the Gemini sitting in the cockpit started looking better and better.
Now we haven't seen a 32' with gas and I'd imagine it would be more attractive to us size wise, but all I've read so far is the total lack of storage in these little cats. This is something I might have a hard time overcoming because of my mono hull days where storage is a plenty. Now the Gemini has a bit of a storage problem too, but one of the tiny cabins aft, can I think accommodate what I want to carry as must have.
So the bottom line now is....still want to see a 32 PDQ, The Gemini 105mc will do the job and a 36PDQ will give us way more boat than we need which kinda crosses that off the list just in itself. Now, all these cats we're seeing are very pricey, so our basic practicality in spending is being tested. There are thousands of quality, way less expensive mono hulls out there that we used to dream of owning back in our cruising days of yesteryear. They're still out there and whole lot cheaper than catamarans. Maybe if I google "dog friendly companionways" I'll set my sites old school and still bring the old girl along without too much trouble.