I have owned hull
#942 since 2006.
In that price
range you will not find a boat
that is a better value or sails
better. Lots of form & fit issues not found on expensive boats but if you are a relatively good do-it-yourselfer, you can fix those.
I have sailed her across the Gulf from Key West
and never once felt unsafe. I have had her at over 20 kts with rooster tails coming off the sterns - in 40 knot
winds heavily reefed and never felt unsafe.
We purchased a demo in Stuart Fl and sailed her to Hollywood in 15 ft seas with no incidents. We're not super experienced sailors either.
Lots of fiberglass
anomalies, hard to find wiring
paths-due to construction methods and would appreciate more motor
Other than that it is likely the best beginner cruiser available.
Keep it as light as possible. Keep it balanced (the Starboard hull
seems to always be lighter). And reef early in big weather
. It does really well with 30+kts reefed. Lowers the COG and it is so light that I've almost lifted a hull. On the comfort side, if you are more than 5 deg. off horizontal, you are probably making 12 kts or better. Set your coffee down and if seas aren't too rough, it will be there when you get back.
Don't know about the Hunter
boats but mine is great. The only other mfr I would choose over Gemini
would be Fusion Kits and they are over 300k all complete. The daggerboards are the secret.
Best of luck!