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Cruising Catamarans Offshore

Thanks for the courtesy of a further reply.
I have located a few cats under 50K that seemed like possibilities. Mostly Geminis and a ''77 Prout 31 that looks attractive, with centerboards and inboard diesel. I believe centerboards to be highly desirable, both for seaworthiness (boards up, or at least the leeward board for lying ahull) and weatherliness (boards down). The outboard on Geminis not so. I gather that the Gemini is considered a near shore craft, altho a few have made ocean passages. I know any lucky fool sometimes manages a voyage in an unsuitable boat, but I wonder just how unsuitable a Gemini really is?
I can''t find much about the Prout at all. The rig with its far aft mast intrigues. It seems like reefed down the main would act like a mizzen for heaving to or lying at anchor. But I really don''t know anything about build quality of either boat.
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