Asked how he felt about the predominantly silver gelcoat-dressed DCB Performance Boats M37R Widebody catamaran he delivered yesterday in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., with colleague Tony Chiaramonte, Jeff Johnston responded instantly.
With the famed London Bridge in the background, the latest DCB M37R Widebody catamaran turned heads yesterday on Lake Havasu. Photos courtesy Jeff Johnston/DCB Performance Boats
“It’s timeless,” said Johnston, the president of the El Cajon, Calif., company. “Silver with black and gray accents—it’s absolutely beautiful.”
The twin Mercury Racing 450R outboard engine-powered 37-footer is build No. 18 for the DCB team—and the third DCB owned by Utah-based Randy Hallman. Hallman previously owned an F-29 catamaran and, more recently, a silver M33R with 400R outboards, which he upgraded to 450R mills when they became available.
Why silver again?
“I’m into taking care of stuff,” he said. “It’s how I relax—I don’t’ sit still very well. Silver is timeless, cool and easy to care for.”
DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte and Jeff Johnston delivered the silver beauty to Hallman (center) yesterday.
Hallman ordered the foam-cored, carbon-fiber catamaran laid up via the vacuum infused resin process loaded with goodies. The half-capped beauty has a color-matched, six-seat interior all handled in CoolTouch vinyl and complemented by matching SeaDek flooring.
“My last boat, the M33R, was an Alcantara boat and I liked that,” he said. “But the CoolTouch is so much cooler, and Alcantara doesn’t get that hot.”
DCB applied its typically impeccable build quality and craftsmanship to M37R No. 18.
A pair of 12-inch, touch-screen Simrad monitors flank a 22-inch Garmin GPS unit, and the dash incorporates a ventilation system. The helm station’s Isotta Fanete steering wheel matches the cat’s interior and exterior hues, as do the Mercury digital throttles and shifters.
Other amenities include DCB’s Stage III stereo package boasting a Fusion head unit, two JL Audio amplifiers and 10 strategically placed JL Audio speakers. LED mood/courtesy in the cockpit—right down to the cupholders—and engine cowling will ensure the cat is as eye-catching after dark as it is during the day.
For an easier time at the fuel docks, both fuel fills are on the port side of the boat. Hallman also ordered the cat with a custom-fit Marine Concepts cover to protect his new beauty, which was delivered on a triple-axle Adrenaline trailer.
Though the 37-footer will spend most of its time on Lake Powell, Hallman does plan to run it in the spring and fall.
Hallman caught the bug to buy an M37R of his own after taking a ride in one owned by a neighbor. He plans to use it mostly on Lake Powell, though he’ll also run it on Lake Havasu in the spring and fall to “extend the boating season.”
“I loved my M33R, don’t get me wrong, but I love the way this boat handles and accelerates even better,” he said. “I haven’t driven it that hard yet, but I’ve put 102 miles on it so far.
“We’re planning on going home Sunday,” he said, then laughed. “But if it snows in Utah, we may just stay in Havasu a few more days.”
Said Hallman (left), “I love the way this boat handles and accelerates.”
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