Some days this job is amazing. Take this one, for example. My office for the mid-morning to early afternoon was an elegantly dressed earth-tone DCB M35 Widebody catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines. My host was Brad Macaulay, a super-experienced driver and loyal DCB Performance Boats customer from British Columbia. Deron Rettke, DCB’s resident perfectionist and head rigger, joined us.
And we were just one of 75 boats that turned out for the 21st DCB Regatta this weekend in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Even in a fleet of 75 DCB creations, this new M28R catamaran stood out (click image to enlarge). All running photos courtesy/copyright Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images.
Of course, I wasn’t the only one who had a blast in today’s poker run on Lake Havasu—far from it. For that matter, I probably didn’t enjoy it half as much—and that’s a big statement because it was part of an annual celebration of a great brand and its even greater family of owners—as Roy Moore. The repeate DCB owner came all the way from his home in Windam, Maine, to take delivery of a new M28R powered by pair of Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines mounted on STR X-Act brackets.
“To be out here on this lake, it’s just splendid,” said Moore, who experienced not just Lake Havasu but a DCB Regatta for the first time despite that he previously owned a 2009-built DCB F34 catamaran. “And the boat is beautiful.”
Moore enjoyed the beauty of Lake Havasu for the first time this weekend in his new 28-footer.
Moore said he’s going to have his M28R hauled back to the East Coast next week on its new tandem-axle trailer from Extreme Custom Trailers. For any number of reasons, including the 75-boat event itself plus a few hundred other boats sharing the deceptively lumpy waterway, today was not the day for top-speed runs. However, DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte estimated that the cat will top out between 115 and 120 mph.
The El Cajon, Calif., based custom high-performance boat company built the half-cap boat using the Vacuum Infusion Resin process. The cat boasts a full carbon-fiber layup with foam coring and weighs in at a svelte 5,050 pounds. Fuel capacity (two tanks) is 110 gallons.
Check out the slideshow above for more detail images of the latest M28R from DCB Performance Boats.
For the interior, Moore opted for a 50-percent Alcantara finish in the cockpit and cuddy space under the deck, and it matches the boat’s Phase III gelcoat graphics package. For helm station electronics, he went with two Simrad NSS9 Evo3 nine-inch touchscreen monitors, a Stage II stereo setup with a Fusion head unit, two JL Audio amplifiers and multiple JL Audio speakers. (The Stage II sound system all includes two hard-wired remote controls.) An Interior Rigid LED lighting package (mood lighting, courtesy lighting, LED cupholders) surely will enhance the boat’s dock appeal after dark.
Hardware includes a 40-inch billet swim step with SeaDek surfacing and a Bimini top.
When I returned to the docks a couple of hours ago, Moore and his new beauty were nowhere in sight. And that was exactly what I expected. The Maine man traveled 3,000 miles run his M28R in his first DCB Regatta.
He may even end up being late for tonight’s celebration dinner. Who could blame him?