More boating eye-candy from the Cape Town RIB specialist

You know it’s special when you get 1300 Facebook likes in less than a week.

That’s the happy news for Gerhard Neethling and the team from Gemini Marine who launched a new custom Gemini Waverider 880 on May 27, much to the delight of their social media fans.

Pictures of the new wave-eating beast have garnered high praise, including from the company itself. “We love a good challenge, especially when we get asked to build something ‘Special’” said Gemini in their Facebook post. “We fitted the 1st pair of Yamaha F300F — with Built in Digital Steering —  in South Africa to the WR880 and amongst others, 4 x Ullman Shock Mitigation Seats,” the company said. “Besides the Gemini factory sea trials and customer handover procedures, Gemini also did all the required tests as prescribed in ISO 6185-4:2011. This resulted in successfully completing all the requirements for a GEMINI WR880 fitted with Twin YAMAHA 300HP outboard engines. These include the Maximal maneuvering speed, High speed turn test and the Avoidance line test.”

“Gemini, and the customer, now, have peace of mind that all due diligence was applied to this very special project,” the company said.

Neethling has also hinted at another exciting project already taking shape in the Cape Town yard in the form of an interesting-looking hull and cabin. He told SABBEX it was too early to splurge the story, but there’s always Facebook if anybody wants a preview. “Another very exciting project underway for one of our favourite and most important customers / strategic partners,” says a caption attached to a gallery of teaser pictures. “This one is going to be Awesome! Watch this space!”, the caption says.

Gemini also recently expanded its international footprint by appointing an authorised dealer in Thailand — Tonsai Marine Services.

Tonsai, situated in Bangkok and Phuket, will receive the first shipment of Gemini RIBS later this year. The shipment is due to leave Gemini’s Cape Town facility in August.

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