Built: c. 1954, by Graham Davis and Ron Harwood in Epsom
Owner: Bryan Davis
In 1953 for his 21st birthday my father was given a set of Axe One planks (thought to be cut from the original set of templates from which the first eight or nine boats were made). The planks were transported to his parent’s house in Cheam in Surrey by various means including the train.
He then set about building Axe One Gemini with some help from his father and his great friend Ron Harwood. Ron always used to say that he remembers the number of rivets they hammered over as exactly 2000. He probably wasn’t that far out. When she was nearly finished Gemini was transported down to Axmouth and finished off on the beach.
Gemini was launched some time in 1954. My father was really more interested in fishing than sailing and she was used initially more for fishing trips before the rig was introduced. No pictures exist with Gemini rigged with her original number 8. However the pictures above show Gemini on the riverside at Axmouth at or around the time of launch with his aunt, friend and dog on board.
In the mid 1960s my brother Geoff Davis and Steven Daniel (current owner of No. 6) learnt to sail in Gemini. For some reason Gemini had by then acquired the sails from No. 12 (Ron Harwood).
Bryan Davis, February 2011