Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?
Gemini.. perfect for Bahamas, ICW, etc.. have seen many all along the Caribbean chain, wouldn't want a full keel IP anyway, anywhere.
Only caveat is that more than half the Geminis we saw down there looked pretty grossly overloaded, at which point I suspect any performance advantage will begin to dwindle.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)