Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gemini Catamarans Now being built by Catalina Yachts in Largo, FL

September 25, 2014

Gemini Catamarans, a division of The Catamaran Group, is pleased to announce the selection of the internationally renowned builder Catalina Yachts of Largo, Florida to build the new 2015 and 2016 models of the Gemini Legacy 35.

Following 3 successful years of building the Gemini Legacy with Hunter Marine and subsequently Marlow Hunter in Alachua, Florida, Gemini Catamarans have moved the production of their flagship Gemini Legacy 35 catamaran to Catalina Yachts of Largo, Florida effective September 15, 2014. Catalina’s philosophy is straightforward: Design boats that stand up to real world conditions and sail well. They must be comfortable, easy to maintain and hold their value. A commitment to owner satisfaction, enhancing customer confidence and loyalty, has made Catalina one of the most prominent builders of sailboats in the world.

“The choice was easy as Catalina’s philosophy mirrors our own,” says Gemini Catamarans President Laura Smith Hershfeld. “The success of our Gemini has been the balance of tradition and innovation coupled with actively soliciting feedback from our owners and our dealers. She was designed to be what my father called ‘every man’s’ Gemini, and we strive to keep her as fast, fun and obtainable as she has been for the last three decades.”

This partnership between Catalina Yachts and Gemini Catamarans is expected to increase the strength of both brands. Catalina Yachts Vice President and Chief Designer Gerry Douglas has an outstanding reputation for ergonomically correct features that promote ease of sailing and effortless movement. Laura Smith Hershfeld’s most recent design influence can be seen throughout the Legacy model. From the cockpit to the salon to the master stateroom, she too has a strong understanding of use of space and the importance of light. Gemini Catamaran owners and enthusiasts should be on the lookout for great things from this dynamic duo in the months and years to come.

About Gemini Catamarans

Gemini Catamarans has been building catamarans since 1981. Original Performance Cruising founder Tony Smith moved his entire family across a temperamental Atlantic Ocean to build a better boat and further introduce the United States, specifically the Chesapeake, to multihulls. Gemini Catamarans’ history spans more than three decades, taking the company through water, fire and more than one economic downturn. Not only has the company survived but thrived now dotting the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers with over 1,200 Gemini catamarans from the 3000 model to the Legacy 35. Gemini Catamarans President, Laura Smith Hershfeld, carries on this legacy not only by keeping the family tradition of superior catamaran design alive, but also through her dedication of her first build, the Legacy 35. This Gem was a joint endeavor between Laura, her father Tony and the late Warren Luhrs of Hunter Marine. The Catamaran Company rounds out the strength of our group through vision, capital and marketing.

About The Catamaran Group

The Catamaran Group is the worldwide leader in all aspects of the catamaran market. Specializing in the sale of new and used catamarans, the worldwide chartering of catamarans whether for a day, a week, a month, either bareboat, with a captain or with a full crew, and all catamaran related services and repairs, The Catamaran Group offers a one-stop destination for buyers, sellers, owners and guests looking for a sailing vacation. The company offers a wide range of value-added services including catamaran insurance, documentation, delivery, dockage, financing, yacht management and charter yacht placement options. The Catamaran Group has 18 full time licensed and bonded catamaran brokers with over 250 years of catamaran experience between them. The Catamaran Group and its related businesses continues to be the world’s largest retailer of new catamarans, in addition to being the world’s largest retailer of used catamarans, achieving sales of over 100 used catamarans on an annualized basis over the last ten years.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Steve Long by phone at (954) 449-7644 or by email at

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Steve Long

Tel: (954) 449-7644

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