We lived on a Gemini for about 10yrs and its on the top of our list if when we get another boat.
The bridge deck
will pound in the right conditions...but not in swells. In swells it rides up and over the wave. It's short steep 3-5' waves that are uncomfortable but it can be greatly reduced by bearing off 20-30 degrees.
They aren't gold platers and they do have a tendency to develop spider cracks. Short of a major grounding or collision
, I've not heard of any structural issues related to it.
There are those that will tell you they can't do offshore
but many have crossed oceans. Use some common sense, make sure the boat is in good condition before departing and it's quite capable of most off shore runs.
I do have a strong preference for the earlier outboard
powered versions. Much simpler and with modern 4 strokes, you don't lose much in range.
For 2 people, capacity should be an issue unless you go crazy loading her up.
Once at anchor/dock, having windows you can see out makes a much nicer living experience and you will likely spend 90% of your time in that condition. Plus less rocking.
If you have a $50k budget
, you can probably find one in decent shape late 90's vintage. One nice thing is the systems are simple so a good DIY
Compared to the other cats listed, you don't have the issues with beam. The Gemini is 14' wide meaning it's rare not to be able to get into a slip.
I won't tell you the boat is perfect but it is a nice cruising platform. If you are looking at doing the Great Loop (great lakes, ICW), it's the preferable option.