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Old 23 March 2013, 19:00   #1
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Gemini Waverider 5.5 any good?

Anyone knows anything about the Gemini Waverider 5.5? Especially concerning the hull, how's it handling the sea, and about quality. Compared to for example a Humber 5.8, one of the few in this category I've tried and like the hull characteristiques.
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Old 24 March 2013, 03:30   #2
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I had a Searider Sr4 previously.
Difference in strength of hull, the lay up, is noticeable.
The Gemini is exceptionally strong.
Mine also has a full length metal keelguard - brilliant, and the keel lay up is again, really solid.
Its a wet boat, but mine had to have a retube and not sure if thats a consequence of the re-tube.
I have heard they are quite wet as normal.
When I bought mine, the tubes had gone at the seams, but the boat was almost 10 years old,
and had obviously been well used. All the GRP work was still in great condition though
and didnt look at all like a 10 year old boat.
The Humber has a solid deck top, whereas the Gemini has a collection of deck panels and a bilge.
I am changing the ping pong bailer on the transom, and replacing it with a screw in bung, after it jammed open
I never had the Humber Ocean Pro, I know its a quality piece of kit, but I am happy with the Gemini,
big Deep V hull, just a bit of a wet ride.
I always feel safe in the boat, definitely feels you are "in" the boat whereas the Searider felt
like you were "on" the boat, but then it is over a metre longer than the SR4.
Cant compare it to the ride of a 5.8 OP, as never owned one of those.
Love the keel protection, and therefore the ability to beach it.
hope this helps.
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Old 24 March 2013, 04:54   #3
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I've got a 6.0. Mtr wave rider, and agree they are built like brick out houses. I'd say mine is a very dry ride. Interesting feature is the coke bottles bonded in side the hull. Apparently you can completely swamp it with tubes deflated and it will still have buoyancy? Wouldn't like to try though!!!
Mines going in for a re tube next week with kriton at rib shop.
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Old 24 March 2013, 06:15   #4
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Hi Mitch
hope your well !
my boat is in for a refit with Kieron at the moment prior to Round Ireland this year...sure you will see it when you drop yours there. what colour tubes are you going for?
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Replacing like for like: artic grey with navy blue wear patches.
I'll be taking some before and after photos....
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Mines going in for a re tube next week with kriton at rib shop.
Bloody iPhone auto correct, of course that should say Kieron at ribshop
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Old 25 March 2013, 12:01   #7
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Thanks a lot guys! Seems you are quite happy with your Geminis. I will definitely try have a look at one coming over to the UK over easter. I had another South African RIB ten years ago, a Stingray Predator catamaran hull. That was also a really sturdy boat, I really enjoyed it.
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We have just launched a new boat based on the 850 waverider hull. They make great hulls and very well put together
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