Just before DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, Calif., went on a mandatory break this Monday in full compliance with state-mandated COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the DCB team had something to cheer about. They married together the hull and deck of the company’s new true-tunnel M37R catamaran.
A 37-foot catamaran with a true tunnel hull, DCB’s latest model took a major step.
“We kept the hull in the mold for just a bit longer than we normally would, because this is the first model and we needed to size and fit the bulkhead positions in relation to both the top (deck) and bottom pieces at the same time,” said Jeff Johnston, the president of the company. “But after we measured and confirmed bulkhead placements, we put the deck on the hull and everything fit perfectly. The next step is tabbing it together.
“It’s a major milestone for the new model,” he added. “We’re eager to get back to work and take it to the next stage.”
The 37-footer isn’t the only project on the company’s plate, according to Johnston. The company has five other catamarans in different stages of production, and four additional M37R models on order.
“The good news is, due to our diligent riggers and purchasing department, most of the trailers, engines and rigging components for those boats in production are already here. We just need the labor to hop back onto these boats.”
Check out the slideshow above for more images of M37R build No. 1.
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