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Aspen C108

Norris Comer New Boats

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Scheduled to debut at the Seattle Boat Show is the Aspen C108, a new power catamaran from the Washington-based company known for its unique asymmetrical power proa hulls. Aimed to bridge the gap between the smaller outboard Aspens and the larger inboard models, the trailerable C108 packs twin outboards and designated berths for four, a cruising-focused interior layout, and enclosed head. Clearly, the C108 seeks to do it all.

An evolution of the C107, the C108 has extended the salon by 2 feet and the beam by 8 inches, giving the owner more space while also keeping the boat trailerable. The layout of the salon should be familiar those who know Aspens, as it has the family-style seating around a table to starboard, the galley to port, and the helm forward. Below are the accommodations; two quarter berths, a large master stateroom forward, and an enclosed head with shower.

Aspen C108 SpecsThe partly covered cockpit has some seating but is mostly open, perhaps to cater to anglers who need work space.

Interestingly, not only are the two keels asymmetrical, but so are the attached outboards. The standard calls for 200 horsepower total. These efficient hull forms traditionally need less raw engine power to do more in terms of performance. The swim step and ladder are quite generous, thanks to the space in between the two outboards.

Aspen Power Catamarans and their mastermind, owner Larry Graf, keep tweaking the recipe with success. Perhaps some of the features on the C108 were ideas from Graf’s recent Arctic Adventure down the Mackenzie River to the Arctic Ocean?

If interested, they are taking their first orders now with the expected delivery in the spring. More info from Aspen Power Catamarans.

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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