By Zuzana Prochazka
Gemini Legacy 35: Sailing Catamaran, Reborn
Upgraded and revamped, a Gemini catamaran gets a second life under the guidance of Marlow-Hunter.
Starting in 1995 under the name Performance Cruising, designer Tony Smith built more than 1,100 105M catamarans in Annapolis, Maryland. The 33’ cats had a certain appeal – at 14’ on the beam they were narrow enough to fit in a standard slip, they provided lots of room compared to a 30-something monohull, and they were great for the shallow waters of East Coast gunkholing.
Now that design has received a significant facelift with the help of the team at Marlow-Hunter (the same company that just breathed new life into the Hunter 40; see Marlow-Hunter 40: New Life for a Classic Name in Sailboats), and has been re-launched as the Gemini Legacy. The modifications were many and substantial, so the new Gemini Legacy 35 is almost like a completely new boat.
Approximately two feet longer than the 105M, the Legacy still carries roughly the same profile; you can spot this Gemini by the familiar hard top dodger/pilot house and elongated upswept side ports. The cockpit has been redesigned to include an optional aft bench for stowage, with a helm station to starboard with hatches above for good views of the large fathead mainsail. The Legacy draws less than three feet and has fixed keels that she can sit on. Twin 15 hp Yanmar diesels make the cat agile under power. The boat will sail at five to seven knots and will motor in that range as well.
The interior layout changed somewhat but the creature comforts improved in a million little ways. The saloon is U-shaped on centerline in the raised pilothouse. The galley is still down in the starboard hull, but not so low as to make the cook feel isolated. The countertop work space has increased, and there is a two-burner propane stove and a four-cubic foot refrigerator. A microwave is optional.
|Sail area||656 sq. ft.|
|Fuel capacity||60 gal.|
|Water capacity||36 gal.|
The port hull has access to the owner’s cabin with an athwartship queen berth that’s raised, and it benefits from the forward-facing ports. The nav station with the electrical panel shares the port side as does a full head. The fore and aft ends of the starboard hull can hold either one cabin and a head or two cabins and no head, which means the only head aboard would be on the owner’s side. Both are wet heads, meaning there is no stall shower in either.
Although technically a facelift, the redesign was significant both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, making the boat feel almost like a completely new model. Time will tell if this refreshed version is as enduring as her predecessor, but at just over $200,000 for the base model, there is quite a bit of value in this small sailing catamaran.
For more information, visit Gemini Catamarans.
- Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to Boats.com and YachtWorld.com, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site, TalkoftheDock.com.
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