CATAMARANS Aspen C120
Proa or cat? To the outsider, the Aspen
looks just like any other power catamaran. But take a closer look and you’ll
notice that the starboard hull is about
30 percent wider than the port hull.
Instead of having two engines, the
Aspen has only one – in the starboard
hull. To prevent the boat from turning in circles, the boat has a narrower
port hull, and thus less hull drag, so
the boat tracks straight. The standard
Volvo 330-hp motor uses less than 2
gallons of fuel per hour when cruising
at 8 knots, but if you want, the boat can
top out at close to 20 knots.
The generous beam means there’s
room for two double cabins, each with
its own head compartment, plus a single, which shares a head with the guest
double. The saloon is where you’ll spend
most of your time, though, and thanks
LENGTH 42’ 6”
BEAM 13’ 10”
DRAFT 3’ 3”
FUEL 180 GAL.
WATER 80 GAL.
WASTE 50 GAL.
WEIGHT 22,500 LB.
The helm of the
Aspen C120 is
outfitted with two
WHAT COULD BE MORE EXHILARATING than skimming across the water as your boat heels in the breeze? Modern sailing cruisers incorporate advanced rigging designs to make them easier to sail,
and larger yachts often feature spacious galleys and cabins, larger social areas in
the cockpit, and creature comforts.
SAILING CRUISERS Beneteau Oceanis 41. 1
Unveiled for the first time to the U.S. market at the 2016
Miami International Boat Show, the Oceanis 41. 1 is a great
example of a modern, midsized sailing yacht. Twin wheels,
split backstays, a chine crease, and an opening transom that
turns into a generous swim platform have become commonplace in recent years, and they’re here on this latest from
French builder Beneteau.
to the generous beam, there’s plenty of
living space. The helm is forward to
starboard and has Stidd chairs for captain and mate, while aft is the dinette
and wraparound settee. The galley is to
port, ahead of the door to the cockpit,
which has a ladder to the flybridge.
The cockpit is wide and ideal for
socializing. The rig is easily handled with
all lines leading aft. With the port and
starboard sheet winches close to the two
wheels for the convenience of the person
driving, the boat could be singlehanded
without too much trouble. The foresail is
self-tacking, so bringing the boat about
is as simple as it gets. The mainsheet sits
clear of the cockpit on top of a large arch,
keeping the cockpit free of lines.
There are a number of options for
accommodations below, depending on the
owner’s desire, but there’s no getting away
from the sleek European feel to this yacht,
which is apparent as soon as one descends
the companionway. A 45-hp Yanmar sits
below the companionway steps, which
should provide plenty of power to push
the boat to hull speed when the wind fails
to cooperate. beneteau.com
LENGTH 40’ 9”
BEAM 13’ 9”
DRAFT 7’ 2” or
5’ 7” depending
on keel choice
FUEL 53 GAL.
WATER 63 GAL.
WASTE 25 GAL.
WEIGHT 20,000 LB.
Oceanis 41. 1 has
a sleek European
feel both on deck