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Old 18 June 2004, 02:29   #1
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gemini waverider 470 as a dive boat????

hi ho all
this is my first post.
i live in australia .and am looking at getting a rib , mainly for diving for 2-4 people.
the boat will have to be towed a long way each time we use it (aprox 900km return trip) so were trying to keep the weight to a minium.

weve had a good look around and the boat that seems to fit is the gemini470 waverider with a 50 hp merc.
are there any gemini users out there ?
is there anyone out there using a 470 waverider?
if so comments would be apreciated as to how these boats handle .

any pics of similar sized ribs set up for diving would be much apreciated
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Old 18 June 2004, 02:57   #2
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We have a Gemini 5.05 and we absolutely love it...it's cheerful in most any conditions (bar storms when we shouldn't be out there anyway!)
Sadly, can't answer for diving tho' as I don't know how you'd manage for space etc. Just flagging up this post in the hope that Pete 7 will see it later and give you some proper advice!

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Old 18 June 2004, 08:52   #3
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thanks for your reply jackeens

your rib looks like lots of fun .
ribs seem to be gaining popularity in oz .
in fact i was told by the local gemini dealer i would have at least a 8 week wait on a new boat then a few more weeks for a fit out .
thy are sold out in oz and the next shipment is sold as well.
good recomendation for the boat but a bit frustrating for me .
ive also been unable to get a test ride in a gem 470 .

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Old 18 June 2004, 09:19   #4
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hi ho all
this is my first post.
i live in australia .and am looking at getting a rib , mainly for diving for 2-4 people.
the boat will have to be towed a long way each time we use it (aprox 900km return trip) so were trying to keep the weight to a minium.

matt
If for anything I think you should get a medal for the amount of towing you have to do just for a day or 2 of diving. I used to tow 25 miles after a full weekend ribbing and that was more then enough but 900 miles round trip now that is something

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Hey Jugglematt

Gemini is a great make of Rib.

I've had my 550 waverider for 4 months now and its a very capable boat.

Theres no reason why it won't make a fine dive boat.

Geminis arrive in groups here in the UK !!
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Old 18 June 2004, 10:20   #6
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hi ho all
thanks for the replys .
andre just a small correction we travel 900kilometers(return trip) not miles .
that may still seem like a long way for a weekend of scuba ,,,but many travel long distances in oz for a weekend ,,or long weekend .most of the trip is on roads where you travel at 110kmhr so no big deal .

and when we get to the coast we dive on some lovley temperate water reefs ,great sponge life and marine critters .

hey phill . ive heard good things about the 550 gem nice photos , id also love to hear from folks using the 470 as i understand it has a different hull shape .

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Old 18 June 2004, 10:45   #7
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hi ho all
thanks for the replys .
andre just a small correction we travel 900kilometers(return trip) not miles .
that may still seem like a long way for a weekend of scuba ,,,but many travel long distances in oz for a weekend ,,or long weekend .most of the trip is on roads where you travel at 110kmhr so no big deal .

and when we get to the coast we dive on some lovley temperate water reefs ,great sponge life and marine critters .

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Well as you know we are used to miles hence my error but still 900km (562 miles) is still one heck of a trip but as you say diving in such warm waters makes it worthwhile and your towing is not like our towing

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Hi Matt,

I live in Sydney and have a 5.05 Waverider.

I was also considering a 4.7 and 5.5 and I did some research. The 4.7 does indeed have a shallower V and considerably less deck space and for that reason I discounted it. If you could run to it - I would try and get the 5.05 - or even the 5.5 - even a second hand one if possible - the odd bargain does come up.

I went with the 5.05 because i got a great deal on an 'as new' second hand one with only 20 hours on the engine.

The standard Waverider consoles are quite large and take up quite a bit of deck space and I am currently considering upgrading my 5.05 to a 6.5m to give me a bit more space... so have a think before you settle on the 4.7 as you may quite quickly find you need more space.

Also, its worth scouting about on boatpoint or the web for a dealer not local to you who may have some 'in stock' and be prepared to deal.
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Matt, go for the Gemini, and the 5m like the Jackeens. Fab little boat and lots more room than an Avon which really is quite narrow and only medium V. I saw the Jackeens Gemini cross Chichester bar yesterday in nasty wind over tide conditions and it handled very well, quite impressive for 5m. Huge under deck storeage space will be useful for the drinks cooler etc.

I would have no problem with four divers and even twin sets in the Gemini. They have a 75 hp four stroke and the boat seems unfazed by the weight, so do think of at least 60 hp for divers, 75 would be better and a 90 2 stoke would bring big smiles.

Although you are towing huge distances, I don't think you would notice the difference between a 4.7 and 5m rib but at see you will with the extra space and deep v of the Gemini.

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Old 21 June 2004, 13:45   #10
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5.05 Gemini

Very pleased with that report Pete...as you have a lot of diving and teaching diving experience. Can only agree with you about the boat...it's a lot of fun...and those were big waves on the Bar yesterday...

You still have to make your own mind up Matt!!!
But at least you have a couple of opinions...
If you log on again could you tell us all which part of Oz??

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