When you think of Eliminator, it's tough not to think of catamarans. No accident, that. Eliminator has focused much of its research and development on its catamaran deck-and-hull designs for a number of years—and it shows. Eliminator's cats have achieved a number of firsts, including being the first catamaran to break the 100-mph mark on twin 496 Mag HO power.
Now with the introduction of the 27 Daytona, Eliminator has added another laurel to its wreath. The 27 Daytona featured a tweaked hull design, an entirely new deck and it did the family proud while filling a void in the company's cat lineup.
Many sport catamarans—or offshore cats for that matter—have a speed range where they'll porpoise as they pack and release air from beneath the hull. It's not uncommon. It is uncommon to encounter a catamaran that doesn't exhibit that trait. The 27 Daytona is one such beast.
During our efficiency testing—speed at rpm in 500-rpm increments—we're almost always assured to find a hop if it exists. At certain speeds we may have to exceed the rpm we want, to accelerate out of the porpoise, then "back up" to the desired rpm to smooth out the ride. But we didn't find any such hop in the 27 Daytona.
Credit for that trait may be due to the tweaked bottom, a two-step 26'10" hull with a center pod. Each sponson had a strake in the center on the first two running surfaces, but it was absent from the rear running surfaces. That's the tweak. Other than that, the hull featured the same V-shape center pod with a single breaker strip with a roughly 12-inch notch at the rear. Each sponson also featured a notch, a bit shallower at around 6 inches.
Compared with the 26 Daytona, the 27 can be "hung out" a bit more at all speeds, meaning it runs a little higher in the nose than its sibling. It hopped right on plane in 3 seconds with minimal bow rise or loss of horizon and scrambled to a top speed of 115.8 mph at 5,700 rpm.
San Diego's Mission Bay was rather busy that day with skiers and wakeboarders, and during our top speed runs we barreled across a couple of wakeboard-boat wakes and the 27 Daytona barely flinched. With no need for correction, it danced across the wakes and kept charging toward the top end. Needless to say, it tracked incredibly well.
It also accelerated like a jack rabbit on crystal meth. Powered by a blown Teague Custom Marine 800, the 27 Daytona shot from 30 to 50 mph in 3.1 seconds and from 40 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. More telling was its time from 40 to 70 mph, which was a mere 5.9 seconds.
Handling the power was a 1.35:1 TCM Platinum drive, which was fitted with a lab-finished 15 1/4" x 32" Mercury Bravo One propeller. Propped for "the big number," the boat still offered blistering acceleration, as demonstrated in its 93-mph zero-to-20-second speed.
As a high-volume custom builder, Eliminator still takes the time to rig its boats properly.
Under the twin-screw-lifted hatch, the 800-horse mill was fastened to solid Mercury feet on L-angles through-bolted to the stringers. Before any hardware went in, Eliminator coated the bilge in white gelcoat with a red spatter finish. For extra brilliance, Eliminator finished it off with a clear coat to make it shiny.
Trim pumps and sea strainers were mounted low on the sole and toward the transom of the engine compartment. Wiring was tucked mostly up and under the gunwales. Where it did show, it was supported with stainless cushion clamps and nylon tie-wraps to a standard exceeding U.S. Coast Guard specifications. So too was the plumbing.
All hardware on the boat came from Dana Marine Products, and featured a pewter finish to match the gray accents in the gelcoat. A wise choice, as were the Mercury Racing Zero Effort controls, the Auto Meter Pro Comp gauges and the Bluewater mechanical trim indicator.
It can dump as much rain in Florida in two weeks as it does in Eliminator's Mira Loma, Calif., headquarters all year. Realizing that if it wants to sell more boats on the East Coast, Eliminator needed to build its decks with an inner liner.
The 27 Daytona's inner liner also formed the base for the front buckets and rear bench seat, which featured stowage underneath. Rear-seat passengers were treated to gunwale enclosures with cupholders and handrails that doubled as backrest supports for the front buckets, which also had stowage underneath.
Farther forward, both front-seat passengers benefited from the smoked acrylic windscreens that were genuinely effective in knocking down the wind, which was especially refreshing since some low-slung windscreens don't.
Beneath the deck, Eliminator included everything you need and nothing you don't. An Igloo ice chest slipped into its own well. Up front, the forward-most bulkheads were blocked off with a vinyl drape. The cabin, if you will, featured a simple pad up front if you wanted to lie down or get out of the weather. All carpeting and headlining material had been glued directly to the laminate, which had been ground appropriately to eliminate major bumps and sags.
It's easy to see where Eliminator spends much of its R & D money. And without a doubt, the 27 Daytona proved to us it was money well spent.
Hull and Propulsion Information
|Deadrise at transom||14 degrees|
|Hull weight||4,400 pounds|
|Engine||Teague Custom Marine 800|
|Lower-unit gear ratio||1.35:1|
|Propeller||Mercury Bravo One 15 1/4" x 32"|
|Price as tested||$163,059|
Options on Test Boat
Upgrade to Teague Custom Marine 800 engine ($49,319), TCM Platinum drive with gimbal ($19,819), Extreme triple-axle trailer ($8,499), full-hydraulic steering ($5,375), gelcoat upgrade ($3,500), Auto Meter gauges with GPS speedo ($2,947), rigging kit with sea strainer ($2,797), diamond plate in engine compartment ($850) and Super Flow fuel valve ($593).
|Wind speed||4-6 mph|
|Sea conditions||1' chop|
|5 seconds||35 mph|
|10 seconds||63 mph|
|15 seconds||83 mph|
|20 seconds||93 mph|
|30-50 mph||3.1 seconds|
|40-60 mph||3.7 seconds|
|40-70 mph||5.9 secon|
Rpm vs. Mph
|Radar||115.8 mph at 5700 rpm|
|Nordskog Performance Products GPS||113.6 mph at 5700 rpm|
|Time to plane||3 seconds|
|Minimum planing speed||19 mph|
For More Information
10795 San Sevaine Way
Mira Loma, CA 91752