Gemini 3400 Introduction

Gemini catamarans have been in production since 1981, starting off with the prototype model 31, and evolving through the 3000 to the present 3200 and recently introduced 3400 models.

As you can see Gemini is not a "new cat on the scene", she has been evolving over the past decade and a half until we have a cruising catamaran which offers a wonderful responsive and fun sailing boat, easily handled and roomy for comfortable cruising for a couple or single sailor or a family.

The first 3200 was launched in March 1990, and we have been building and delivering an average of one boat a week since then. Obviously there is an active owners' association, with its own newsletter, and rendezvous are being organized around the country, in such places as New England, Chesapeake Bay, Florida, Catalina Island and Puget Sound.

Gemini has all the usual features of a well designed cruising catamaran, plus a good deal more. A well designed catamaran should give you an easily sailed boat, allowing you to arrive at your destination without feeling like you have just had a workout. It should give you lots of room inside, with plenty of storage and headroom and good ventilation.

Gemini's hulls are easily driven, without the small keels offered by the other catamarans. Centerboards have two main advantages, when they are retracted they provide Gemini with a completely clean underbody, with no drag through the water. With the boards down they provide 5'6" of lateral resistance, enabling the boat to tack through 70 degree wind. The boards are easy to operate and unnoticeable inside the boat, without interfering with the accommodation. Obviously 18 inches of uncluttered draft makes a boat that will go anywhere, into the most interesting of places that always have "thin" water.

The accommodation on Gemini is unsurpassed, even on a 40 foot monohull, however much you pay for it! With a large cockpit to easily seat eight people and a dinette area on the bridge deck with comfortable seats for six to eight, with a teak table that unfolds from a fiddled "card table" into a full size dining table, all within easy reach of a refrigerator which runs on propane or 110v. The starboard hull houses the galley, with an ungimballed propane stove, with two burners and an oven, double stainless steel sink, and a silverware drawer, with lots of storage and work surfaces. From the dinette into the port hull is the navigation area with room for chart storage and all the tools and instruments you would ever need. Forward of this hull is the molded head, with a marine toilet, with an 18 gallon holding tank, propane water heater, which supplies hot water to the head and the galley, washbasin and medicine cabinet and surfaces, and a hand held shower with a sump pump. . . all this is fitted into a fiberglass liner, making it very practical to clean and dry after use.

Sleeping accommodation is superb, with a master cabin in the forward port hull, with a queen size bed, teak vanity unit and bookcase, and a hanging closet, a true waterfront bedroom! There are also two double cabins with hanging lockers and vanities in the aft of each hull.

Under each of the aft bunks are two 30 gallon water tanks, giving a total of sixty gallons of fresh water, and pressure water is a standard feature.

With the introduction of the Gemini 3400 in 1993 we can now offer molded transom steps, giving easy access from the water, and adding a new dimension to the profile of Gemini. The 3400 centerboard can also offer either the standard 40 hp Tohatsu outboard, or a suitable outboard of your choice, or even a single inboard diesel engine of around 27 hp with a Sonic Drive leg, which is a steerable, hydraulically lifted propeller leg. If an inboard engine is important to you then this enables Gemini to still maintain her wonderful sailing characteristics and shallow draft, whilst giving the range and charging capabilities of an inboard diesel.

The 3200 is still the best value for a blue water cruiser, possibly in the world. She is simple, strong, functional and innovative, with the biggest and most loyal following in the fast growing multihull world.

Geminis have safely and comfortably sailed many sea miles on many oceans, lakes, rivers and canals, and will continue to do so for many more years, giving a lot of pleasure to many hundreds of happy owners.