John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Gemini 105 Performance Cruising catamaran
NOVEMBER 2007
 
   
Length overall  33'6"
Beam  14'
Draft(Boards Up) 1'6"
        (Boards Down) 5'6"
Displacement  9,600 lb
Fuel Capacity  36 gals
Water Capacity  60 gals
Base Price  $154,000


Early in September, Performance Cruising Inc. reached a major milestone when they launched Gemini catamaran hull number 1000 at their production facility in Annapolis.  The family owned and operated business began producing the Gemini after a fire in 1981 destroyed their original factory and the molds for their  popular Telstar 26 trimaran. The first Gemini cat (aptly named Phoenix) was launched later that year, and met with tremendous success as a well built, affordable cruising catamaran. Since then, designer and company president Tony Smith has moved the boat through five major redesigns, tweaking and improving the hull, and incorporating the ideas of seasoned and satisfied cruising customers into the mix. Today the Gemini remains a pioneering design that challenges conventional cruising catamarans in both performance and price. For a boat with so many noteworthy features and innovations, perhaps the most interesting characteristic is its uncanny ability to convert devout monohull traditionalists into multi-hull cruisers.

Take one of these cats for a test sail, and you'll understand why the company name is Performance Cruising. While it's no surprise that the Gemini is fast off the wind, her twin lifting centerboards, hull shape and sail plan combine to give her impressive upwind performance as well. Perhaps this more than anything is what sets her apart from other catamarans. In about eight knots of breeze she pointed 40 degrees off the wind, making 6.7 knots SOG. We were using an optional 200-percent headsail called a screacher, a sail well suited for working to windward or footing off for running dead downwind (or anywhere in between, for that matter). The sail's tack is set up to move from one hull to the other on a traveler, so we could make any point of sail smooth and swift. (If the wind pipes up, rolling up the screacher and unrolling the working jib takes only a minute or two.)

"Parkability" is another area where the Gemini shines. At 33 feet long and only 14 feet wide (narrow by catamaran standards), the Gemini doesn't require an oversized slip or T-head in a marina. And her 18-inch draft and beachable hulls make it easy to find a spot even in crowded anchorages. The cockpit area is spacious and protected with a Lexan windscreen and fiberglass overhang. Visibility is very good and line handling is simple. If you want to lie back and enjoy the scenery or soak up some sun, the optional hammock chair back aft is the place to be.

Below, the Gemini offers plenty of space. The master stateroom is located forward on the bridge deck and offers occupants an unobstructed view forward from the queen-size bunk. There are also two staterooms aft (one in each hull) equipped with double bunks. If three double staterooms aren't enough, the saloon dinette can convert to a double bunk, bringing total sleeping accommodations to eight. The single head might make that many folks a little chummy.

All in all, the Gemini 105Mc offers a fast, stable cruising platform that should keep a crew comfortable and happy in a wide variety of conditions.