The M Series “Widebody” versions of the 29-, 31- and 35-foot catamarans from Dave’s Custom Boats reportedly have been strong sellers for the El Cajon, Calif., custom catamaran and V-bottom manufacturer. Building on that success, DCB has been developing the M41, a 41-foot cat with a 10’ 9” beam, and should have the first model finished in the next two months. Earlier today, company founder and principal Dave Hemmingson released several direct Class-A Surface computer-aided design renderings to speedonthewater.com.
Greatly simplified, Class-A Surfacing is an advanced form of CAD software used to create surfaces that have continuous waves in a given shape or form, without undesired waves or other surface imperfections. The highly accurate design application is most often used in the automobile world. According to Hemmingson, this is the first time that the sophisticated technology has been applied to the design of a high-performance powerboat.
“The M41 definitely blends DCB wide body catamaran and exotic automobile styling,” said Hemmingson. “The hull and deck are completely new—all DCB technology. The hull plug is finished, and all the numbers and specifications for the deck tools are ready to go. The hull tool was cut, and the deck tool will be cut on a. $5 million five-axis aerospace router.”
Hemmingson said that the crew at DCB is hoping to have the first M41 catamaran ready to unveil at Desert Storm April 25-28. Most likely, power will come in the form of twin 1,350-hp quad overhead cam engines from Mercury Racing.
“We are about two months away from full production on it,” said Hemmingson. “I’m really proud of this project.”
Editor’s Note: The link for the DCB website takes visitors to a static “placeholder” page. The company’s new site is under construction.