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|10-27-2011 11:14 AM|
I think they are still performing warranty and customer service functions.
I can't find the article now but last evening I was able to find an interview with the owner and they are indeed planning on making some changes to the ships systems in some ways - although it sounded like they didn't quite know what those would be. Additionally, they are already selling an upgraded interior, and there is mention of new generator options, better air conditioning and switching off the propane fridge to an AC/DC variant.
If they could improve the steering and throttle cables that would be a plus. I don't see the outboard leg as being a problem as it is now... all engines and transmissions have issues given enough time. Although power outboards, we have had Yamahas, Evinrudes, and Hondas... all with eventual issues and expensive maintenance. I guess the only engines we didn't have problems with were our dual Detroit diesel inboards.
|10-26-2011 05:41 PM|
|Vasco||What happened to the "team of quality craftsmen" they had in back creek?|
|10-26-2011 02:46 PM|
Originally Posted by zboss View Post
Perhaps going back to twin outboards, ala the earlier models? Dual engines and trans and shafts will be an instant 20-25% price increase, assuming the glass can be reworked to hold them and the added weight would not be an issue....
Were I you, I would have a LONG talk with The Cat Company, as my understanding is they are the drivers of any new molds/technical upgrades and things that you are looking for....80% theirs at least.
i.e. Hunter is just building the boats, nothing more...
Best of luck
|10-26-2011 02:25 PM|
Thanks for the feedback so far...
I'm really looking at buying a new Gemini and not really concerned that the boat is "built to a price point" since that is really what makes this a compelling buy for me. We simply cannot afford a new PDQ or similar and buying a much later model PDQ (or similar) would make that boat a mid-90's which introduces problems of it's own.
I am interested in any design changes that Hunter may be implementing. Your information on the non-US sourced parts combined with comments by Perf. Cruising that one of the reasons they partnered with Hunter was to "assist in volume buying" leads me to conclude that the Gem will soon be equipped with the same components as the Hunter - as soon as the existing stock of the old components is used up. IIRC New Hunters use the same components as much more expensive boats.
I think it was a wise choice for Performance Cruising to partner with Hunter from a business standpoint and I am hoping a year from now, Hunter will be able to bring some of their expertise to bear and improve on some of the process engineering.
|10-26-2011 11:25 AM|
Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
not to hunter, but the principles have an arrangement with Hunter for "customization" and assembly, as it were...
|10-26-2011 11:23 AM|
Originally Posted by zboss View Post
if you look at certain places in the molded parts of the boat, you will see the same pattern/marks across many years of production... as simple as the antiskid pattern flaws to, well some other well documented areas.
you will also find that the first 105Mc that was "veneered" was very poorly done, and covered some very important parts of the boat that WILL be needed to have access for maintenance. For sure the subsequent boats should be better done, but the angles and compound joints of the mold make it very difficult to veneer and finish this boat in a fashion that is appealing to an upscale or new boat buyer. I liked the "unskinned" version much more, as it was more suited to actually using the boat as opposed to looking at it.
Some of the access locations are still being glued over such that needed access to bilges and such are nigh impossible, unless you are going to cut up that sole or wall...
Hunter has said, that they build to the specs of the owners (PCI, Cat Company, and other principles)
I was set to buy a new Gemini in 2008, until I spoke with the then owners and was told that the hulls only have a one year warranty, and I found that warranty too ambiguous to risk the purchase of a new boat, and hope for a good outcome, YMMV. Like many builders the warranty of systems and components goes back to that company and some of the gear used was not available here in the states, etc.
The boat is, quite honestly built to a price point, and as long as you realize that, it is one awesome boat. They have held their value well, and owners either hate them or absolutely love them...there is no middle ground, and you get a LOT of boat for the money, new or used.
YMMV, and for sure check them out, I am back looking at them again after "downsizing" they are well laid out for a couple, and are quite comfortable - like angled seats and seat backs, and "bar rail" to rest your feet on while sitting...small and agile enough for almost any marina or lift, etc
Best of luck
|10-26-2011 11:19 AM|
|ewoden||I was on one at Annapolis Boat Show. Imperfection on cabin top starbooard side just forward of master birth pwindows. Also HUGE amount of caulk goop where cabin roof met aft bulkhead on starboard side. Seeing that tone of caulk filling that space put me off.|
|10-26-2011 10:32 AM|
|kwaltersmi||Hadn't heard about this change. Did Performance Cruising sell the Gemini line to Hunter, or is Hunter just producing them on contract for PC?|
|10-25-2011 09:13 PM|
|zboss||T37Chef -can you please elaborate?|
|10-25-2011 06:57 PM|
|T37Chef||I can tell you that they must be/are using the same mold for their decks because they have the same imperfections in exactly the same place|
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