No boat will have everything you want or need. I looked at all the options with no real budget
but not being dumb to spending a ton of money
. The Gemini 105 we purchased from the original owner satisfied our needs and continues give us pleasure. The only other cat we considered was a Prout Elite, but the boats are old and for the price of the hull
and to upgrade one to our expectations made the choice in favor of the Gemini. Here are the deciding factors in the final purchase
, this is a sailboat so why maintain twin engines. Both the Gemini and Elite have a single engine
. Also both boats have a out drive that can be raised out of the water
. (the Elite is a pain to do and the Gemini is hydraulic) On the Gemini the out drive is attached to the rudders and the boat can turn in a narrow area. Our canal is 25 wide and I can turn around easy. You do have to watch when there is wind
with only a 18 inch draft
. (put the boards down when in a tight marina. In South Florida
and the Keys Crab pots are always a problem and having a out-drive that lifts out of the water
allows me to clear any fouling and I can do service
to the prop without pulling the boat.
This bring us to the draft
, Elite is over 3 foot, Gemini 18 inches boards up. Nice to beach the boat. In other countries taking a dingy to shore and leaving your boat and valuables 25 to 50 yards offshore
invites you know who, leaving you hopeless.
At 14 foot wide we can get into any marina. 20 foot wide boats offer more space but at a price
The downside is the bridge clearance. Not much, so you will encounter bridge slip which is more annoying than a concern. The Elite will take the seas better but we are more coastal cruisers with few blue water passages. When we do make a crossing we watch the weather
and pick the best window for where we go.
Fresh water is also a issue. 36 Gals is weak, but we have a water maker which solves this problem. Refrigeration
is a concern as the refer does not hold much so we have a portable freezer
and powered cooler. These are in the starboard aft cabin. Then this brings up the question of power. We own the only Gemini built with a NextGen diesel
gen-set (5.5KW) uses 1 gallon for 4 hours use. Of course the Solar
panel helps to keep the start battery
fresh, at only 200 Watts it is not enough to run refrigerator
. That is generally solved
back-up but we have decided not to run propane
anywhere in the boat, only the grill
Last but least, we do not have kids
, don't take others so we did not want 4 berth, 2 head
floor-plans and the Gemini with the large queen with windows to look out at night was really cool.
Good Luck in finding you dream boat. Final Fling