We have 2 at the moment a Gemini
3400 and a Catalac
We just bought the Catalac
(limited selection of Gemini's). Previous owner has taken it across the atlantic and back. I'm aware of at least a few others that have crossed.
We have more experience with the Gemini
. Assuming you check it out before heading out (as you should any boat), I would have no worries about the boat not performing. The bridge deck
issue really only applies in very specific situations. If you want to go head
into a 2-4ft chop, it does slam. Bear off 20-30 degrees and it typically settles down. It's annoying but I've never heard of a failure due to it. Once the waves get bigger, you start riding over them rather smashing into them. Down wind
(most of your proposed trip), it's just not an issue. I'm aware of at least 1/2 dozen that have made crossings. The much talked about complaint from the designer
was more about 3wks in a small boat by an old guy doing the north atlantic at the wrong time of the year. Show me a 34' mono where that would be fun and we can talk.
At $80k, there are plenty of options out there. You could pick up our gemini and put $20k into upgrades and still be below the $80k mark. The Catalac we just picked up was less than 1/3rd you budget
. We will probably wind
up putting $10k into her but the bulk of that is accomodation changes (new upholstery, curtains, modifying the table to our liking, etc...) not safety
at sea issues.
As mentioned there are probably a 1/2 dozen other models that are capable. Sure it would be nice to have a crewed 60'er but I'd much rather live upright looking out the window than in a cramped cave at a 20 degree list for 2-3 weeks.