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Old 17-04-2012, 10:09   #1
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athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

hi all, would these cats be able to handle big sea, ie indian ocean of cape town, just put the house up for sale and want to prchase a used cat that would not break the cruizing kitty, and what would your preferences be.
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Old 17-04-2012, 10:20   #2
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

delcrest,

My FP Mahe 36 came across the atlantic on its own bottom from France to Newport Rhode Island, USA

Has a bridge deck clearance 28 inches which is up there with the best of them.
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Old 17-04-2012, 10:22   #3
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

Athena & Mahe yes - even the 105 has had many crossings in that area, but not designed for offshore-I think the Athena is the best of them-for bad weather- the last of the hand layed glass cats- been around a long time and has sailed everywhere for the last 10-12 years
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

are we voting? Oh... I'd go with the Athena from those listed... but that's just me.
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

thanks for your input, really appreciated, now to carry on looking whats avaible with our bad exchange rate
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I wouldn't want to be on big seas in the Gemini. The FPs are blue-water boats. We have a friend with a Mahe who says it's a bit too short - uncomfortable pitching, but not unsafe. Much better living space on the Mahe, than on the old Athena.
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

This is one other stout little cat cruiser that didn't make your list, PDQ 36.
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

The Mahe and Athena aren't the roomiest but the Athena should be a lot more comfortable, just not quite as modern in internal styling. Some Athena's are getting a little long in the tooth though. Have seen some cheap Med based Mahe's though which could sway you.
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any idea when they ceased making the Mahe and Athena
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

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any idea when they ceased making the Mahe and Athena
the last Athena was lanched at the factory in April 2006 and had many of the Lavizzi features on it- The Mahe is still being produced
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

delcrest,

FP Mahe 36 is still in production. Currently at hull #138
FP Athena out of production.
Gemini 105c is still in production Currently at hull # 1,100
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THANKS
now just have to get the house sold !!
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

The Athena 38 and Lavezzi 40 share many similarities and aren't "that" much different in size, so a likely reason why they ditched the 38.

I would imagine that the rumours around the Lagoon 38 being discontinued started for similar reasons. (it's not discontinued by the way or not likely to be any time soon suposedly).
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

My bad...

They are currently making:

Mahe 36
Lipari 41
Orana 44
Salina 48
Sanya 57 (new)

Plus the day cruising range.
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Re: athena 38, mahe 36 or gemini 105c

I'd go with the Athena simply because it has a much longer history and is a bit bigger than the Mahe.
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