First of all, I am a coastal cruiser (or at least I pretend
to be). No racing, no (extensive) offshore/ocean stuff. The
Gemini was not built for blue water sailing. This last sentence
was my comment, I received the following from Performance
We would like to congratulate you on your web page, you have
done a good gob. One small point you should know about is
that the Gemini 105M is CE certified for ocean use. She is
NOT just a coastal cruiser. If you don't know what CE certification
is, it is a standard to which all things sold into europe
must be built. For boats there are four categories; Ocean
being the toughest, Off shore, coastal and inland cruising.
This certification is based on a series of formulas for stability
and quality and takes about three months to get. In fact Gemini
is the only catamaran that is not built in europe that meets
My apologies to PCI if I misrepresented
anything here. I am content to piddle around the "right"-coast
with occaisonal jaunts out in the ocean. My home is in North
Carolina which has an abundance of large sounds and rivers.
This leads to several Gemini "pluses":
sounds and rivers in eastern North Carolina are very shallow.
The deepest "hole" in the pamlico sound is only
25 feet deep. The majority of the remaining area averages
8 to 12 feet, with a large part at 6 feet or less.
Gemini is the perfect boat for this kind of water. With the
centerboards, motor, and rudders up, it draws only 18 inches.
Even with the rudders in the up position, they are still steerable
due to a clever pivoting system. Lowering the motor increases
the draft to 20 inches, and rudders down to 30 inches. With
the centerboards fully extended, the draft increases to 5
feet for admirable windward performance for a catamaran.
am regularly anchored in only 3 or 4 feet of water. With 150'
of rode available, this makes for some significant peace of
Narrow Beam A-typical of most cruisers, I like to marina-hop. The
14 foot beam of the Gemini allows me to get into smaller slips
than the 20 foot wide "beasts", and save on marina
O.K., this is definitely no F.P. or Atlantic. But.... EVERYTHING
is accessable fairly easily. Each of the five large tanks
can be removed without cutting any fiberglass. Access panels,
while not the most beautiful things in the world, are in all
the places that are necessary. Everything is (dare I say)
have heard the Gemini's called the Volkswagon of catamarans.
I think this is true in the sense that everything can be worked
on easily and/or replaced without much hassle. To learn more
about Volkswagon projects, click
(it's my brother's page!)
like the fact that the engine is in the cockpit, above the
waterline. The noise and vibration are kept outside the boat.
is via cockpit seats, allowing great workroom. The
drive leg, while not the most bulletproof item on the boat
(I've heard yoke, drain plugs, gaiter, and bushing stories),
is handy in that it can be raised completely out of the water
for sailing. The
rudders are turned in a push-pull fashion with cables, each
independently as the wheel is turned. In addition, the rudders
pull from either side on the drive leg, allowing it to steer
also. This gives incredible manouverability with all three
things trying to turn the boat!