The Pacific Northwest is the entrance to some of the largest cruising grounds in the world, so it will come as no surprise that some of the boats on display at the Seattle Boat Show are designed for long trips to remote places, with boat speed and energy efficiency being critically important. Two new models on display that stand out in this area are the 32 foot Aspen C100 Escape, and the Cutwater 30.

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The Aspen C100, a single-engine powercat, was one of the more interesting new models found at the Seattle Boat Show.

The designer of the Aspen, Larry Graf, says that the C100 Escape is the only full-displacement catamaran of this size on the market as well as being the only single engine cat of this size. It’s powered by a Volvo DE 220 HP that provides a top speed of 28 knots with fuel consumption at 16 knots of 5.5 gallons per hour. Larry says that at “trawler” speed (5.5 to 8.0 knots) the C100, with the optional 120 gallon fuel tank, has a range of 1200 to 1800 miles—likely making it the only recreational powercat in its class that can get you from Seattle to Cabo San Lucas on a single tank of fuel. The extended hard top, which is an option, comes complete with two solar panels generating 15 amps. This is enough to power the two refrigerators at 2.5 amps each and charge the batteries, making the boat energy self-sufficient at anchor. With a LOA of 32’4” and a beam of 10’ 0” the Aspen C100 Escape is trailerable, too.

Cutwater Boats is a sister company to the well-known Ranger Tugs. When asked the difference between the two brands, Mark Mansfield, Cutwater’s national sales manager, says they have “more performance, style and comfort”. The brand new Cutwater 30, a monohull with a molded LOA of 30’ and beam of 10’, is also trailerable and accommodates six people. It’s eco-friendly as well, with solar power, LED lighting, and a 12-V flat screen TV, fridge and wine/water cooler. Comfort is also a big feature with convertible “side-out” cockpit seats that swing outboard to form two double seats, a reversible transom seat, and observers seats on the foredeck. Add to that a separate shower with a dry head, and then you begin to get the idea.

For those who prefer their time on the water to be somewhat more exciting, the brand new Nautique G25 will fulfill their needs. According to Doug McCollum from Pacific Nautiques, the G25 is the largest Nautique and “its increased size puts more hull surface in the water for a huge surf wave that is open, long, and clean, complimenting the G-series wakeboard wake that has changed the sport.” Other features of the G25 include removable in-floor cooler and transom cooler as well as a bow design providing comfortable seating for five.

-James Nolan

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