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which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Okay, I know I am gonna get alot of input and opinions....but that is what I want. So, here goes:
Question: If you wanted to keep a boat in the Chesapeake, but also wanted to keep it in the winter in S. Florida....and then to the Bahamas and the Caribbean (Virgin Islands) and maybe eventually down to Cuba and the Yucatan. But mostly in the Chesapeake and the Florida Keys....and,
you would be single-handing alot but would also have a spouse to sometimes crew; and you had to factor in insurance costs, marina costs and general maintenance; and you knew that because of your situation/age that this would be your only boat to get - and your goal was to pay it off so you could retire and only pay maintenance costs...and you were gonna live on this boat alone and/or with your spouse for maybe 3 months straight at a time.......and someone was willing to give you two boats of similar value (okay, just go with my hypothetical and don't get all nitpicky/intellectual on me like 'why do you have to only choose between those two boats...') and this was your opportunity and ONLY options....just saying...would you choose: (and 'neither' is not an option as a response...)
would you choose...if you had to pick:
1.) a 35 foot well-equipped Island Packet mono-hull, or a
2.) well equipped 34 foot Gemini Catamaran

which one would you pick and WHY?

Thanks for your specific 'answer the question and not give your opinion on other options' response-

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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.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

It would have to be the IP as you could not GIVE me a Gemini.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Interesting question, but kinda like asking, "Which would you rather have for dessert- mashed potatoes or sauteed green beans?"

Both are tasty, but neither would be my first choice. I like them both, but always with provisos.

Given your coastal cruising parameters, my money is on the Gemini. IMO, if you are doing short passages with a lot of time on the hook, there is no substitute for square footage of living space. But to get the most out of that space, one has to come to grips with the load limitations, to a greater extent than a similar LOA monohull. More room to move around, less payload.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Hopefully ChucklesR will chime in. He had a Gemini, and switched to an Irwin monohull. I think he's got a great sense of perspective for both boats.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

I knew a Gemini owner that switched to an Island Packet. He said he liked the way that the Island Packet sailed better than the Gemini
I should have the misfortune of having to choose between these free boats!
The bait looks good but what about the hook?
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

I would pick the 35 foot well-equipped Island Packet mono-hull.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Since both were free, I would pick which ever was likely to fetch the best price on the open marketplace, then take it and sell it, and buy a boat that was even vaguely well suited for your described purposes.

While both of these boats could be made to do in a pinch if you were skilled at boat handling and did not care how much sailing you got in, neither are particularly great choices for what you want to do.

But more over, these are such different boats, boats which have such different characteristics, that that it would be unlikely that anyone who knew enough to single-hand them safely would be considering between these two. In other words, get out and sail a bunch of different boats and develop your own tastes and then you will know why the answer 'neither' should be your only correct answer.

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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

You should take the Gemini; now.... where's that IP35 located. pm me so nobody else finds out about it.
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Re: which boat would you take if both were free to you?

Call me greedy, but I'd take both....since they're both free.
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