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post #11 of 18 Old 06-25-2010
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Agree; Gemini 105mc was one of the boat types we were considering.
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there is a gemini on my dock, and i must say she is a beauty... seems like kind of an odd cockpit configuration with the wheel on the right, but her lines are clean and she is roomy. I think they were considering selling her...ask at 105k

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I'd point out that the Gemini 105Mc is probably a bit small for a family of SIX. I've crewed and sailed on them extensively, and like them a lot...but it'd be fairly tight.

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a bit tight for six, agreed... maybe you can just tow the kids in a dinghy behind?

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A 45/50ft it is not impossible to handle alone, providing a very experienced sailor and a modern and appropriated rigging (for solo sailing).

You say you have little experience and expect to learn on a 50ft boat. That seems to me a big mistake. The difference between learning on a small boat and a big boat is that mistakes that are not dangerous in a smaller boat can be catastrophic in a big boat.

It would probably better to buy first a smaller boat, for a year or so (even if you have to rent a house), to really learn how to sail, and I mean all the family.

If you start with a really big boat the chances are that you will live in the boat, but get stuck on the marina forever.

Believe me, I know some of those "liveaborads" that never sail out.

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Hey everybody has got to have a dream, and I don't want to rain on your parade, but!!!!!! It sounds to me the most important thing at this point is to learn to sail. Take some lessons, and get comfortable with the terminology, because it is a whole new language, and you will need to communicate. Learn how a boat sails, and I am sure someplace near you where there is water. Lessons can be had. BEST WISHES in fulfilling your dream. Learning in a structured way is usually much more succesful for most people......i2f

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PCP makes a very good point... getting hit in the head by a boom on a 18' dinghy will hurt and may put you in the water, but doing the same on a 40'+ boat will likely kill you outright.

Beth Leonard, a well known cruising sailor, points out in her book, The Voyager's Handbook 2nd ed., that she is glad that she learned how to cruise on a smaller boat. Smaller boats are more forgiving and allow you to recover from mistakes in ways a larger boat will not. You can often muscle your way with a smaller boat...where a larger one will overwhelm you.

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Ditto that the Gemini would be very tight.
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