Southern California’s Danny Haile has come a long way since his first powerboat, a 17-foot Bayliner he co-owned with his cousin, David, more than 30 years ago. Along the way to his current ride, a new DCB Performance Boats M37R Widebody catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines mounted on STR brackets, the 57-year-old cosmetic products manufacturer had a 26 Eagle and a 28 Fun Deck from Eliminator Boats. More recently, Haile owned DCB M31 and M35 catamarans, which he and his wife, Sheila, ran near their vacation home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Danny Haile’s new DCB M37R catamaran will spend most of its running time on Lake Havasu.
“We do most of our boating on Lake Havasu,” he said. “We love just beaching and hanging out with family and friends.”
Haile’s relationship with DCB owners group member Tony Chiaramonte goes back more than two decades to when Chiaramonte worked at Eliminator Boats and handled the rigging for both of Haile’s Eliminator rides. They became close friends early on and remain that way today.
When Chiaramonte debuted the first M37R at the 2020 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, he took the Hailes, who also have a vacation home in the area and had been looking at center consoles since selling their M35, for a test ride. That ride was enough to convince them the outboard-powered 37-footer was exactly what they needed.
“I sat in it and fell in love with it,” Haile said, then chuckled. “The next day, Tony took Sheila and me out for a ride and when we were done she said, ‘That’s it, that’s the boat we want, not a center console. This boat is sexy.’ And I was like, ‘OK, yeah, you can twist my arm.’ ”
Delivered to the couple last weekend in Lake Havasu City, the Haile’s cat is the eighth DCB M37R Widebody to be completed by the meticulous builder. (In a little more than a year, DCB has sold 21 of the outboard-powered, full-tunnel cats, making it the most successful new-model introduction in the company’s history.) The all-carbon-fiber, foam-cored and half-capped beauty is dressed in DCB’s Phase III gelcoat. Interior details include predominantly Cool Touch vinyl upholster with Alcantara sections, a custom Isotta Fanete steering wheel and SeaDek flooring.
Enjoy more images of DCB M37R catamaran No. 8 in the slideshow above.
On the electronics side, Haile order the 37-footer with a 22-inch Garmin GPS unit and two nine-inch Simrad touchscreen monitors at the ventilated dash. A Stage III stereo system with a Fusion head unit and multiple JL Audio speakers provide the tunes.
DCB’s Jeff Johnston and Chiaramonte delivered the boat on an upgraded triple-axle Adrenaline trailer—and Haile couldn’t be more delighted with its build-quality, appearance and performance.
“It’s absolutely gorgeous,” he said. “Yesterday, we had five adults in the boat and a half tank of gas and it ran 122 mph. It seems like it wants to run 85 mph all day long, but then when you push it a little harder it’s like, OK, let’s go a little faster, no problem.
“I can’t believe the ride,” he continued. “It just glides over everything.”
Haile plans to run his M37R a few more times this year before tucking it away for the winter. Come spring, he’ll have it back on the waters of Lake Havasu, where he plans to run it all summer and fall.
“I’ll spend the summer getting familiar with the boat, how it reacts and how I should react to it,” he said. “That’s the process I go through with all my boats. Safety is super-important to me. My thing is to get everyone home safely and without issues, and then have a beer.
“Once I get super-familiar with it, I’ll take it to the Lake of the Ozarks,” he added. “I’m shooting for 2023.”
New M37R owner Danny Haile took delivery of his new ride from DCB’s Jeff Johnston and Tony Chiaramonte last weekend in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.