Oct 13, 2022

Aspen Carbon CatWest coast builder, Aspen Power Catamarans, has developed a new series of lightweight rigid tenders named Carbon Cat. The unique patent in process hull form provides the stability of a catamaran or an inflatable RIB but utilizes lightweight carbon fiber construction making them fast, efficient, and easy to handle.

Aspen Carbon CatThe unique hull shape of the Carbon Cat combines the best attributes of both catamarans and monohulls. Carbon Cat construction and design means that the power requirements should be 35% less than typical inflatables due to the hard bottom and hybrid cat hull shape. During sea trials the T11 reached a top speed of 21mph powered by a single 9.9hp Yamaha outboard.

 

The hybrid design starts with a deep single-entry forefoot that smoothly cleaves through waves for improved tracking and spray resistance. The hull contour then gently widens aft and at the stern resembles a modified catamaran hull which provides lateral stability and lift. This hybrid-cat hull form is incredibly stable, riders can step on the gunnels while boarding and/or sit there underway and the sharp entry forward ensures a fast, efficient, dry ride.

Aspen Carbon Cat

 

 

 

The gunwale is finished with a thick foam bumper made with SeaDek HD for durability and to eliminate scratches and abrasions. The seating area is also cushioned with SeaDek creating a softer surface and better grip. The Carbo Cat is not inflatable, so no worries of punctures, leaks, or popping. A moveable seat cube accommodates rowing or powering.

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