While catamarans from DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., can be found on the water from the Golden State to the East Coast, the company has opened—or at least started to open—a new market for itself with the recent shipmen and delivery of an M29 catamaran to the Middle Eastern country Abu Dhabi. The boat, which was built with a Vacuum Infused Resin (VIR) process and balsa-cored with additional carbon-fiber reinforcement and is powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines, was trucked from California to Florida, the transported to the Emirate nation via container ship.

The people at DCB Performance Boat are hoping this M29 catamaran shipped to a buyer in Abu Dhabi will capture attention in the region.


“We don’t currently have any orders going to the Middle East,” said Jeff Johnston, the president of DCB. “But we’re hoping that the M29 attracts attention there and opens that market for us.” 

Though the M29 is the first DCB offering shipped to the Middle East, the $350,000-plus boat has all of the features delivered to buyers in the United States including a complete Alcantara interior and a custom-matching carpet kit with shaved diamonds in the fabric. Additional goodies include a pair of Simrad NSS9 Evo3 touchscreen monitors and a Garmin 7608 GPS center plotter.

For capturing and viewing the action, the catamaran is equipped with two Garmin VIRB cameras—front and rear-facing—on custom billet brackets mounted to a windshield support strut and Simrad Go5’s Garmin GMi20’s in back of headrests

For illumination after dark, DCB decked out the cat with its Interior Rigid LED lighting package (mood lighting, courtesy lighting, LED cupholders) well as its Exterior Rigid LED lighting package (LED’s under bustle/ swimstep, and front sponson/tunnel area of boat). The builder also installed one 10-inch LED Shadow Caster underwater light.

A custom MYCO trailer was built for the M29 and was shipped to Abu Dhabi with it.

“The speed as tested was 108 MPH with Max 5 props,” said Johnston. “The estimated top speed with Mercury Racing CNC cleaver props, though, is 115-plus MPH.”

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