On his drive home from delivering the company’s first completed M29 catamaran, Dave’s Custom Boats’ Tony Chiaramonte said customer Jim Watters was impressed with the 29-footer and its twin 300-hp outboard engines after taking the boat out on Arizona’s Lake Havasu.
Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboards were set up with a 1.62:1 gear ratio and the 25-inch shaft lengths, which run around 400 to 500 less rpm than the 20-inch models. Equipped with twin Mercury Bravo 31-inch-pitch propellers, the model reaches its top speed—a cool 90-plus mph, according to Chiaramonte—with little effort.The twin
Chiaramonte, who said the boat starts at $225,000 with the twin outboards, called the boat “flawless,” pointing out that 29-footer jumps right on plane, takes every turn perfectly and doesn’t porpoise at any point.
With the second M41 Widebody next in the production line, Chiaramonte said the next two M29s, which have been ordered with a single turbocharged Mercury 1350 engine and twin Mercury 565 power plants, should be completed over the next few months.