Because P.A.E. begins with the design parameters of a full displacement hull, saving weight is not an objective, and the boat can be built to heavy scantlings. The hull is a solid laminate of fiberglass that uses a vinylester resin strengthened by a myriad of full-length longitudinal and transverse stringers. Hull thickness is in excess of l.4 inches at the lower strakes, and the entire stem, from 4'6" above the waterline to l'9" aft of station No. l, has three added laminates of l.5 oz. matt and 24 oz. woven roving, making her forward section virtually bullet proof. For added strength and stiffness, vertical cabin sides incorporate an Airex core, and horizontal cabin tops and decks contain vertical grain balsa core.
Extensive tank testing during her initial design phase combined with over ten years of firsthand experience and feedback from owners has resulted in a tried and true, fully evolved passagemaker. Her bulbous bow reduces resistance, decreasing horsepower requirements and increasing range, especially at her desired 9 to l0 knot cruising speed. The bow also reduces pitch motion, contributing greatly to the crew's comfort at sea. Her moderate draft and long, deep keel with an attached rudder ensure excellent handling characteristics offshore, and a well-protected, slow turning, large propeller provides a high level of security and efficiency. An optional aft" bustle"and large, built-in swim platform result in a slightly longer waterline. The convenience of the swim platform is especially appreciated at anchorages and during boarding. Over 7,000 pounds of ballast contribute to her stability even as her fuel load is being reduced. The entire superstructure is located in the after half of the vessel resulting in a flush foredeck that has enough room to stow two tenders with a hydraulic davit or booms. Reserve buoyancy is assured by her high bow, and the forward facing wheelhouse is protected by the Portuguese bridge and high bulwarks. Adequate deck drains are provided to handle rain water and wash downs without streaking the hull, and large, slightly raised, flapped scuppers quickly release heavy water. The 62 looks, feels and performs like the serious ship that she is.