No custom high-performance powerboat company west of the Mississippi River is doing more exciting work right now than Dave’s Custom Boats of El Cajon, Calif. Earlier this year, the company displayed its M-41 Widebody catamaran for the East Coast crowd at the annual Miami International Boat Show.
The following weekend, that 41-footer strutted its formidable stuff on the water during the Florida Powerboat Club’s Miami Boat Show Poker in the Florida Keys.
But the people at DCB are not resting on their laurels. The builder is just finishing its second M-41 cat, powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
“It's going to be our shop's demo boat for the rest of the season, at least until someone buys it,” said Tony Chiaramonte of DCB. “This thing is going to be over the top.”
Chiaramonte said the company will be taking the 41-footer on a few poker runs across the country this season, including the Lake Cumberland Poker Run in Kentucky in September and the Key West Poker Run in November—unless the boat is sold before then. The company is planning to give demo rides throughout the summer.
On the smaller side of the DCB line, the company recently delivered its first M-29 catamaran, which is the smallest model in the company’s Widebody series. Powered by twin Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS two-stroke direct-injected outboard engines, the boat reportedly tops 90 mph. Chiaramonte explained that the cat was set up conservatively for a multi-time buyer who was more concerned with acceleration and overall performance than top-end speed.
According to Chiaramonte, the twin-outboard 29-footer ran “flawlessly” in its first test run with the owner. “It jumps right on plane, takes every turn perfectly, and doesn’t porpoise at any point,” he said.