Good question. We've owned our PDQ for about a year. It is in a charter boat business. Over the past year, we and numerous charter guests have had frequent issues with igniting the burners. It's been the source of a lot of complaints. In addition, we frequently have to replace burner knobs... charter guests seem to melt the knobs on a regular basis. This probably would not happen if we were the only people using the boat, but that is not the case. The fact is, the knobs are located too close to the burners.
Since we are in a charter business, I asked our maintenance pro, who is a the lead technician for the premier Grand Banks Dealer in our area, to fix it. He is respected for knowing his stuff. First, this cooktop is no longer sold, however parts are available. So, he rebuilt the guts of the cooktop (at considerable expense) recently. That seemed to work for about a week. After that, it stopped igniting again.
I learned that this cooktop has a poor reputation in the boating industry. It is vulnerable to breakdowns. It is poorly designed; b) cheap in quality; c) parts do not fit together well; and d) the slightest misalignment causes the igniters to stop functioning or work inconsistently. An excess of "jury-rigging" and sheet metal work was needed to put it back together.
The end result, for us, is a cooktop that is difficult and frustrating to use. I'm done with this Princess. I want a cooktop that is built better and functions more reliably.
2006 34' PDQ PowerCat "All Heart", Bellingham WA