Friday, August 29, 2008

Gemini 52 SuperSport-Meilahn Custom Yachts

There's a new (power)cat on the block.

Stuart, Florida-based Meilahn Custom Yachts will launch its Gemini SuperSport Powercat line at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 29-November 3.

The builder says, "The idea was to build an American-made shallow-draft vessel, customized to each buyer’s wishes, with a power-cat hull system offering zero interruption to the interior design with a wider than usual beam."

The 52-footer sports 52'0" LOA with a 19'3" beam. Her girth enables a two-stateroom, two-head layout with a full galley, and a saloon that seats up to eight guests. Topside there's a dinette area for six, dual helm hairs, expansive cockpit seating for many and a hot-tub.

Her propulsion system utilizes two Arneson Surface Drives (ASD 12), powered by two turbo-charged Yanmar 900-hp diesels. The builder reports that the Gemini 52 can reach cruising speeds between 27 and 45 mph at 1800 to 2200 rpm, with a top speed over 50 mph at 2400 rpm.

The 52's exterior and interior design comes courtesy of well-known designer Steve French and his company, Applied Concepts Unleashed. Her hull and superstructure is built of composite fiberglass, corecell, and carbon fiber.

The Gemini 52 SuperSport can be found in Slip # G-730 at the Lauderdale Show. The company says it plans to build its line of yachts up to 91 feet.

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