First time posting
I want to thank everyone for the amount of time and effort they spend to answer questions I’ve been reading the form for six months now and learned a lot!
Above is the link to the boat
I’m going to look at today the owner says the first owner did not hardly sail it for the first 10 years of his life. He became ill but kept hanging onto the dream unfortunately he was not able to realize it.
That is one reason I retired now while I’m in good health
but I’m not jumping around good enough to manage a mono hull
as it aggravate some hip conditions I have. The second owner Lightly used it in North America on the Great Lakes
and had it stored every winter
owner has cruised to Bahamas
in it and lived on it for up to six months at a time.
looks inviting and after I look at it today of course I was going to have it surveyed.
Location of the boat
on the waterway of Lake Okeechobee seems to be a good fit for me as I have only been sailing monohulls on a lake for six months to learn.
I figure I could find a marina in the area that the boat is currently located on the hard
and then get to know the boat and practice on Lake Okeechobee and then make my way on the waterway to the intercostal.
After that I will find some more experienced Crew to get some sailing hours to prepare for an eventual crossing of the gulf stream
to the Bahamas
This seems like a pretty good timeline since I have a lot of learning
and preparation prior to embarking to the Bahamas I could use this time during the virus epidemic to get to know the boat improve my sailing skills and study weather
window plotting coastal navigation
in general info to prepare me for the journey.
I have purchased numerous books
of Amazon on sale
making in the Caribbean
which should make for a good reading while spending the time on the boat.
I just sold my business at 63 and pretty much retired and definitely looking forward to opening my horizons.
I’m particularly curious about any info pertaining to this model of Gemini
as it was the predecessor to the 104 as far as the quality of construction seaworthiness. Ability to point and handle downwind sailing without plowing the bow. As a novice
I plan to reef early always!
Thanks in advance for any insight you may have!
I chose this boat for the cost and the minimal draft