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Good morning

Myself and and a couple of friends are thinking about buying a boat for spearfishing and fishing purposes. We are pretty interested in rubber ducks due to their affordability on the secondhand market, lightness and stability. I was thinking a duck in the 4.5m to 5.0m range would suit our needs. We are usually two to four people when diving together

Which duck brand would be the better one to choose when looking at secondhand ducks? I'm aware that the condition of the pontoons are important and how the boat has been stored, but what about hull construction? Which brand has the better designed and stronger hull? If we go through with a purchase then we will be doing mostly surf launching and I assume the act of beaching can be quite hard on hulls and transoms over time

I have my skippers and have lots of experience on the ocean, but this has been with my father's Yeld Cat, so I'm not too clued up on rubber ducks and which one is better
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Can of worms. Pls go and see Carl De Villiers at  Boatworld.  Arguably the most honest boating individual in the industry.

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Can of worms. Pls go and see Carl De Villiers at  Boatworld.  Arguably the most honest boating individual in the industry.

X2 on Carl.

Great guy. Builds the Gemini. Had mine for almost 10 years no worries whatsoever.

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Having owned and operated ducks commercially.

Gemini is my first choice.

I have not owned a falcon but many love them.

I would buy a Gemini without much concern.

The size ai would kick up to just over 5 meters.

If you do go for a cat duck,  make sure you have enough power for rough days.

Keep us informed with your progress.

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Any duck that doesn't have rubber tubes filled with air  w;k


Not a fan of ducks (with the exception of my little Ark that can travel in the boot of a car), but Gemini have a good reputation in the market. If you are surf launching, or even going to be at sea when the sea is up, avoid cat hulled ducks. They have way too much flotation in the bow and the propensity to flip far easier than monos.
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Gemini, then Falcon then Infanta. The Infanta's are really nice, good finishes, lots of options and popular with inland dam users (good resale) but maybe a bit cramped for spearos.


Falcon are good, more economical to buy and popular with offshore and inland users. I have a 575, kind of like a good double cab bakkie! Ski, tube, fish, train beginners etc. Really good allrounder.


Gemini are proven offshore, good hulls and good resale.
You really cant go too wrong with any of the above as long as the hull is sound, tubes are looked after, it fits on the trailer nicely and has sufficient power.


With entry level boats and as long as you are not running far, the simplicity of older 2 strokes outweighs the economy of 4's for me.

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Thanks for the advice so far. I have noted that gemini seems to be a well respected brand. I see quite a few Buccaneers for sale on the secondhand market. Is this because they are popular or because they aren't good boats and owners want to get rid of them?
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