American-made Cruising Catamaran brings Space and Stability to Sailors in the Northeast
Advantage Yacht Sales, a dealer of new and used sail and power boats in New England, will now offer Gemini Catamarans to their expanding list of brands. Advantage is the first dealer of cruising sailboat catamarans in Massachusetts, and will also serve Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. Gemini has been building catamarans for 27 years and has delivered over 1000 boats, more than any other single-model catamaran ever built.
The popularity of multihull sailboats has increased dramatically over the last few years. This growth has been most visible in the Caribbean charter fleets, where catamarans have grown to make up 22% of all charter boats. As sailors have enjoyed their experiences on a fast sailboat that doesn’t heel while on vacation, they have gravitated toward catamarans for their own vessels at home.
The stability of a multihull is a big draw for many. While many sailors enjoy the feeling of excitement when a monohull heels under the strength of the wind, others prefer a stable platform. While sailing at speeds significantly faster than a monohull, a catamaran allows you to set down your drink without fear, offers sure footing for young kids, and stays flat in any wind conditions. These can be an especially strong draw for those converting to sail from power boats, those with young families, and seasoned sailors who just want a relaxing day on the water, no matter the weather.
In addition, the upcoming 2013 America’s Cup will be contested in 72 foot catamarans, which will surely increase awareness of and desire for sailing cats. The America’s Cup World Series, a precursor to the main event, has already begun, using 45 foot catamarans with winged sails that can reach speeds of over 20 knots. The World Series will visit Newport, RI this summer. The Extreme Sailing Series — an international inshore racing series sailed in 40 foot catamarans – visited Boston this past summer an wowed shore side crowds. These high-profile events have increased the awareness of catamaran sailboats to both sailors and non-sailors alike.
One issues that to date has accounted for the slow growth of sailing multihulls in the northeast is the limited availability of slips and yards that can handle boats as wide as most catamarans. While most large slips in New England are 15 or 20 feet wide, most catamarans carry a beam of more than 20 feet. End docks and double-slips are available for such wide boats, but they are limited in number and come at a higher price.
The Gemini 105Mc catamaran is only 14 feet wide, allowing it to fit into a standard slip. And with the volume of a catamaran and smart layout of the Gemini, the boat boasts much more room than a similar-sized monohull along with rock-solid stability. The Gemini represents a perfect balance for cruising sailors in the northeast.
“Our customers have been telling us how much they enjoy the catamaran experience when they vacation in the Caribbean, so we are excited to be able to offer them the same experience here in their home waters,” commented Jack Wasson, co-founder of Advantage and head of new boat sales. “The American-built Gemini fits so well here, and the value it offers is unmatched by any other builder.”
Advantage Yacht Sales expects delivery of their first Gemini catamaran in January, and will have it on display at the upcoming New England Boat Show in Boston this February.
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Advantage Yacht Sales sells both new and used sailboats and power boats, plus offers service, parts, and storage. Advantage represents Hunter Marine, Gemini Catamarans, Albin Boats, LaserPerformance, and AB Inflatables. They sell boats and yachts from 8 – 50 feet from two locations in Newburyport, MA and Boston, MA, serving Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. To learn more about Advantage Yacht Sales, visit our website at http://www.AdvantageYachtSales.com or call 978-463-3663.
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