Originally Posted by RickW
They want 4k a pop seems steep - anyway the new Gemini's seem to be a bit beefier in tube dimensions if that makes sense
Hopefully ROflhat will be along in a bit for a contrast between the various types
Would also like to hear from current runners of the Gemini GRX420
I would avoid those boats on ebay, they appear to be made by a company called Sprite, not sure if anyone else has heard of them but I haven't. If you do go for a zapcat/thundercat go for a known brand which is race proven, if they can withstand racing they're pretty tough!
The ones on ebay are are RC targets for missile lock etc. I spoke to a guy who worked with them.
Gemini's are generally slightly heavier than Ceasar/Aquarius hulls but if you're going for an older hull then a Gemini is more likely to hold together better. All the new hulls coming from South Africa are seam welded as opposed to glued together.
My brand new Ceasar F10 was ~£3000 delivered to my door, custom built with carbon nose etc. so £4000 for an unknown brand is very steep. Worth getting in touch with Jacques at Ceasar, tell him I put you in touch.
I had a surfcat before the thundercats and it was an exceptional boat, almost as good as the thundercat in every way and better at carrying weight and more stable too. There's a guy up here with a zapcat who uses it for fishing, has an A-frame with rods at the back, they make a very stable platform when stationary.
I've never tried a GRX but from what I hear they are the Gemini equivelent to the Surfcat, a bit heavier again but they look very tough. Aquarius make good boats too, I've never owned one but they win a lot of races and almost every speed record in a thundercat is held by an Aquarius. Infanta are a big name too but there have been quality issues reported with a few of their boats, also no UK dealer as far as I'm aware.
Here's a couple of Ceasars, the F10 on top and Pacemaker below which is the models they currently offer. The F10 has a raised nose for better rough water handling but the pacemaker is slightly faster. Mine is an F10