Imagine barreling across San Diego's Mission Bay at better than 100 mph. Now imagine hitting a large set of wakes from a wakeboard boat puttering across the bay. Your mind races. Your grip tightens on the wheel. What do you suppose would happen? Well, we can tell you from experience that if you're in an Eliminator 27 Daytona, not much.
When we hit the aforementioned wakes, the 27 Daytona did a little side-to-side dance, recomposed itself quickly without throttle or steering input and kept on charging to its top speed of 115.8 mph.
Sounds like a good contender for Boat of the Year honors to us, and when we added up all the scores, it became our 2004 Sport Catamaran of the Year.
The 27 Daytona performed just like a sport catamaran should—and then some. It didn't porpoise or labor to come on plane. It cornered with a level attitude and its tweaked bottom design allowed the bow to ride a little higher than its smaller sibling, the 26 Daytona. It was a blast.
All of it just plain worked. From the 800-horses under the hatch to the 15 1/4" x 32" Bravo One propeller at the end of the powertrain, the 27 Daytona proved itself worthy of this award on all fronts.
For example, the mold work was as straight and true as you'd expect from Eliminator. Rigging, too, was top-notch, which is impressive when you consider that Eliminator is a high-volume custom builder.
We also liked the little touches, such as the front bucket seat support rails that doubled as handholds for outer rear passengers. The Daytona's inner liner also formed the bases for the front seats, and the under-deck area came with a cooler in its own well and a thin cushion if you wanted to lie down.
Even with a high number of boats coming out of its factory doors, Eliminator took the time to tuck most of the wiring and plumbing up and under the gunwales, and gathered it neatly. Where it did show, all of it was supported with stainless cushion clamps beyond U.S. Coast Guard standards (one clamp every 12 inches) and tidied up with nylon tie-wraps.
Somewhat sparse, the interior featured top-shelf hardware from Dana Marine Products, instruments from Auto Meter and throttles from Livorsi Marine, all of which were installed with impeccable care. IMCO full hydraulic steering not only made it easier to drive but also safer.
It's difficult to think of a 27' sport catamaran we like more. There were a few that came close at this year's Performance Trials, but none so good as to beat out the Eliminator 27 Daytona, our 2004 Sport Catamaran of the Year.
Eliminator 27 Daytona Performance Test Results
|Weight as tested||4,400 pounds|
|Price as tested||$163,059|
|Engine model and horsepower||Teague Custom Marine 800/800|
|Propeller||Mercury Bravo One 15 1/4" x 32"|
|Acceleration zero to 15 seconds||83 mph|
|Top speed||115.8 mph at 5700 rpm|
|Manufacturer contact||909-681-1222, www.eliminatorboat.com|
For the Performance Report on the Eliminator 27 Daytona, see "Good Genes," February 2004, Page 100.