Dave’s Custom Boats Cat Slated for Display at Shootout

Regardless of what you think of “West Coast custom” catamarans, no company builds them better than Dave’s Custom Boats in El Cajon, Calif. DCB’s workmanship and attention to detail in construction not only lead the genre, they rival that of any...

24th August 2010.
By Matt Trulio

Regardless of what you think of “West Coast custom” catamarans, no company builds them better than Dave’s Custom Boats in El Cajon, Calif. DCB’s workmanship and attention to detail in construction not only lead the genre, they rival that of any custom performance-boat builder east of the Mississippi.

That is, to borrow from the movie “Pulp Fiction,” a bold statement for sure. But it’s one I make based on experience with a wide variety product. As the guy with the second best job in the world as editor at large for Powerboat magazine—Jennifer Aniston’s personal sunscreen technician is job No. 1—I get to log hours in some of the most amazing high-performance pleasure boats on the planet. And DCB consistently blows me away.

But don’t take my word for it. If you happen to be strolling the docks at Captain Ron’s during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout August 28-30 check out the DCB M-35 catamaran with Mercury Racing 1025EFI engines that will be on display.

“We’re going there to check it out and show our product—we’ve heard it’s just such a great event,” Dave Hemmingson, DCB’s principal, told me earlier today. “And from what I understand, it’s going to be a really big deal this year.”

Hemmingson said he’s not planning to enter the cat in the speed runs.

“But you never know,” he added. “We may be there, watch a little bit and decide we want to run.”


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