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Twin alternatives to traditional trawlers

For the past five years, Larry Graf — the founding brainchild of Glacier Bay Catamarans — has been building his revolutionary Aspen C90, a 28-foot, single-engine cruiser featuring an asymmetrical proa hull.

The C90 has been well received for its fuel efficiency and stable, dry ride. Graf is now introducing the 32-foot C100, which is essentially a C90 with a 4-foot cockpit extension. Freeboard and tunnel clearance have also been increased. Initial tests are impressive, indicating a cruising speed of 15-plus knots while burning 5.4 gph. Powered by a single Volvo Penta 220-hp diesel, this twin-hull 32-footer has more interior space than most similar-size monohulls, and if it’s like its smaller sibling, the fit and finish will be superb. I’ve run the C90 and liked it, but I really like what Graf has done with this new model by moving the diesel out of the saloon space and into the cockpit.

Aspen C100

Built in China by Jet Tern Marine — builder of Selene trawlers — the Journey 47 LRC was developed by Bay Island Yachts in California. With its twin wave-piercing hulls, this long-range cat cruises between 10 and 16 knots and has a top speed of nearly 20 knots. Running at 12 knots, her twin diesels burn just a bit over 10 gph. With a range of 1,600 nautical miles at 7 knots, she is capable of serious long-range cruising. Her build features resin infusion and the use of weight-saving Core-Cell structural foam above the waterline. A wide open, spacious layout is complemented by the generous use of warm teak woodwork, a signature of the Jet Tern yard. Her beamy twin-hull stance provides superb stability, and her wave-piercing bow shape minimizes pounding and vertical movement in a nasty chop. Bay Island has just released drawings for an express version that eliminates the flybridge.

Journey 47 LRC

See related articles:

- Not your father's trawler

- Trawler Specifications

- A hybrid approach to trawlers

- The cruising-under-power lifestyle

May 2013 issue