Crossover Cat

Aspen's latest multitalented inboard model that's a fuel sipper.

 It’s a catamaran. It’s a center console. It’s a bowrider. It’s a fishing boat. The folks at Aspen Power Catamarans, known for their Proa cat designs from 28 to 40 feet, have struck again with their latest, the Aspen L90 LX, which is a 30-foot-long, 10-foot-wide crossover of sorts. Wraparound seating nearly encloses the bow, while the cockpit is wide open for fishing. Between them is a dual-chair helm station with a compact but fully featured dash, including a Garmin 7612 MFD.

The Washington-state-based builder typically builds enclosed boats with cockpits that are fishable, but it changed things up for the L90 LX, opting for an oversized T-top instead of a cabin roof and bow seating instead of a master cabin forward. Designer Larry Graf managed to fit a small berth and a head into the port hull, accessed via a hatch that serves as steps up to the bow seating area.

A 220 hp Volvo Penta D3 inboard diesel powers the L90 LX, and it pushes the 5,800-pound cat to a top speed of 29 mph, at which point fuel burn is only 12 gph, according to manufacturer tests. At a comfortable cruise speed of 19.8 mph, fuel burn is 4.9 gph. That’s 4 mpg in a 30-foot boat, giving it a range of 260 miles with the standard 65 gallons of fuel. Add the Expedition tanks, and range at 20 mph increases to 420 miles. Owners can go a long way to chase fish.

Each cat is built to order, so buyers can do what they want with the boat, but some features most owners will want to include are the two fishboxes, the aft fishing rail and the 94-quart Igloo cooler. Add a rail-mounted grill, and the fish can go from cockpit to bow table as quick as a cat.

Aspen Power Catamarans, aspenpowercatamarans.com

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