The Burlington, Washington-based Aspen Power Catamarans has earned many accolades for innovation, mostly recently as the 2018 Gold Award winner in the innovation category of Seattle Business magazine. The family business and its engineer patriarch Larry Graf keep innovating, and Aspen’s prototype C107 build that debuted in January is evidence.
Like all Aspens, the C107 features the patented power proa hull made up of two hulls of differing shape and thickness. The design reduces the drag and maximizes efficiency, dramatically reducing fuel consumption. Unlike many catamarans, Aspens also resist the desire to blow up the beam into a full-on party raft, keeping the beam to proa height ratio quite narrow. Below, there’s one single berth in a forward stateroom and two twin berths besides with one enclosed head. You can sleep a total of six if needed.
The C107 departs from more traditional Aspen builds with dual outboard motors versus the single inboard diesel motor of most of its predecessors. For those owners who just love outboards and who want that twin (Yamahas, 270 horsepower total) screw pep, this may be just what you were waiting for.
Another feature of the C107 is a reduced draft, made to scoot over sandbars with ease. One can tilt the props halfway to get a 1’10” draft if needed. The builder reports a hyper fuel-efficient cruising speed of 8 knots, a performance cruising speed of 17 knots, and a maximum speed of 25 to 27 knots.
If you’ve always wanted a more pocket-cruiser Aspen with outboards, the C107 may be your dream boat. The official production release is slated for 2020, but you can learn more from local dealer and builder Aspen Power Catamarans today if you want. Base price of $325,000 at the time of this writing.