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Old 06 December 2003, 04:30   #1
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Geminii Boats.

I was offrered a 7.3 10 seater Gemini and wanted to know if anyone out there has experiene of these in terms of quality , sea kindliness etc
power is twin115 4 strokes .

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Old 06 December 2003, 06:46   #2
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We love our 5m gemini...for tech info hubby will post soon...(hull seems reassuringly deep to me and so far tubes have stayed on in solent wavelets; finish seems nice & gemini lads helpful when not sewing zapcats back together)
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Old 06 December 2003, 13:01   #3
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I think the geminis are built well, definitely the best constructed of the SA boats and they are said to corner as if on rails. the 7.3 is a good length boat as well
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Old 07 December 2003, 20:05   #4
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i have a 5.05 gemini waverider and it performs pretty well in some quite startling pacific seas.

Two weeks ago we had her out in the open water when a southerly storm blew in with a vengeance and due to driver error and too much weight at the front of the boat (three people sat in the bow locker and tubes) we went straight under a rather large wave... (about 2.5- 3m).

Unbelievably, we were extremely lucky and whilst we all got completely soaked, the rib came out the other side and got us safely back to harbour.

Take a look at www.epicsurf.com.au - these guys use a 6m waverider for commercial purposes. It goes out 3 or 4 times a day and gets quite a bit of abuse - see the pictures,

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Old 08 December 2003, 04:23   #5
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So far everybody seems very happy with the boats, do they ride softly or do they slam at all please?? Also have any faults come to light?
Many thanks for the info so far.

regards Mike
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Old 08 December 2003, 04:30   #6
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JK? I haven't driven one my comments were to do with construction I think John Kennet has.

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I haven't driven the larger Geminis, but I was impressed with the ride of the boats that they used on the press launch day a couple of years ago (6.5m I think).

The ride was surprisingly soft and dry. The large reverse chines mean that the boats corner with very little banking which can be a bit disconcerting -- passengers really need to hang on in tight turns.

Although I was generally impressed with the boats I still have serious reservations about the forward seats as in my mind they make the passengers rather too vulnerable.

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