Aspen Power Catamarans is starting work on a new 35-foot C108 cruiser, with three private staterooms and Aspen’s trademark asymmetrical proa hulls, powered by one 200-hp Yamaha outboard and one 70-hp Yamaha outboard. Larry Graf, the founder, president and “lead adventurer” of Aspen Power Cats, says he will have a mockup of the new 35 at the Seattle boat show, from Jan. 24 to Feb. 1, with finished production models ready shortly after that.
The new 35 has a beam of 10’ 8”, which adds 8 inches to Aspen’s earlier C107 model. The wider beam also adds interior volume and comfort for longer cruises. The salon is large enough to hold a large wraparound dinette/seating area, similar to the one in the company’s 40 footer. It also makes room for a new starboard side quarter berth and a larger head compartment.
The galley is up, on the port side, with the U-shaped dinette/lounge to starboard. A private quarter berth cabin is under each one, while the master, with an athwartships king berth, is forward. The boat has one head with a shower. It also is trailerable, so you can cruise easily in separate parts of the country, or different segments of the Great Loop, for example.
Aspen’s patented proa hull, patterned after South Seas catamarans, results in one hull being larger than the other. Graf experimented with different sizes of outboards for the new 35, before settling on the 70-hp Yamaha on the smaller port hull, and the 200-hp Yamaha for the starboard hull. He points out that the smaller 70 is perfect on its own for trolling.
The proa hull is seakindly and sturdy; it’s made with Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass with watertight bulkheads and double bottoms. To prove its performance, last summer Graf drove one of his 34-footers more than 1,100 miles down the Mackenzie River in Canada’s Northwest Territories to the Arctic Ocean.
Specs.: LOA: 37’6”; Beam: 10’8”; Draft (engines half tilt): 1’10”; Disp.: 9,700 lbs.: Fuel: 130 gals.; Water: 80 gals.; Power: 1/200-hp Yamaha outboard and 1/70-hp Yamaha outboard.