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BTW, Geminis don't have daggerboards. They have centerboards, which are a very different beastie... but perform much the same function. The major difference is that daggerboards generally do not swing up in the case of an impact or grounding, centerboards can, and if properly designed will generally be far more forgiving in such an occurrence. Centerboards can also be used to help balance weather helm on a boat, by varying the depth they are lowered. The more they are lowered, the further forward the CLR moves.
Having the ability to retract the dagger/centerboard allows a cat to slip more easily, and not trip over the keels, that are found on some other catamaran designs, in heavy weather.
Rick- I'd be interested in seeing the articles or links you have about Geminis capsizing. I don't believe they have any more a history of it than any other catamaran, especially given that they have one of the largest production bases of any catamaran ever built, with somewhere around 900 currently out there.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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