The term power catamaran can be accurately applied to everything from pontoon boats, to offshore fishing boat hull shapes, to engine-equipped multihull sailboats, and the debate as to whether they're better than monohulls or not has raged on since the first Polynesian strapped a pair of log canoes together with a handful of palm fronds. In fact, the power cat versus monohull argument is one that will probably never end. But there is a new entry into the discussion, and it's sure to weigh in on the side of the catamaran: the Meilahn Custom Yachts Gemini SuperSport 60.
Most large powercats are designed specifically for heavy-weather sportfishing or long-distance cruising, taking advantage of a cat's superior wave-handling ability. But the Gemini SuperSport is more interested in the leisurely life, with the attitude of a lion lazing about in the shade. It capitalizes on the twin hull's stability and beam by adding touches like a a hot-tub deck, master and VIP staterooms with pedestal queen berths, and a molded-on swim platform that's nearly as wide as the entire boat.
|Fuel capacity||1,100 gal.|
|Water capacity||125 gal.|
It's leisurely until, of course, it springs into action. Another common cat advantage is speed and efficiency, and here again, the Gemini takes full advantage. A pair of twin turbocharged 900-hp Yanmar diesels coupled to Arneson ASD 12 surface drives swinging 21" x 31" Rolla six-blade cleaver props take the boat up to a top-end of 45-mph. Not bad, for a 57,500-lb. beast. And there's another perk to running with that power set-up: the surface drives reduce draft to just a hair over three feet. Most boats in this size range will need another foot or two under the keel.
Construction is high-tech, with Airex core and carbon-fiber, and options include such goodies as satellite TV, FLIR night-vision, and a retractable sunroof. You have a taste for something a bit different? No worries; Meilahn is a custom builder, and can accomodate your cravings. If there's a trade-off in the Gemini 60 it's the 125-gallon freshwater capacity, which seems a bit on the thin side for a boat of this size. Not that anyone will care, since it also has a 1,000 gallon per day watermaker onboard.
The Meilahn is big yet fast, powerful yet sleek, and ferocious yet leisurely. Welcome to the jungle, king.
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