For the better part of the past three decades, DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, Calif., has staked its formidable reputation on crafting immaculate and finely detailed catamarans with exceptional performance and handling manners. That those catamarans, which began with the company’s F-Series models before transitioning to its current widebody M-Series, have a center-pod between the sponsons made zero difference to most anyone who’d actually driven or ridden in a DCB catamaran.
With its jaw-dropping new M37R Widebody catamaran, DCB Performance Boats took steps to expand its reach. Photo by Tom Leigh copyright Tommy Gun Images.
From the sporty M29R to the M44, they’re simply fantastic on lakes and rivers, which are frankly what they’ve always been designed and marketed for.
Still, many buyers prefer traditional full-tunnel catamarans to their center-pod siblings and have longed for a true-tunnel catamaran option from the builder. The decision-makers at DCB have known this forever. They’ve also watched outboard power take over the catamaran market in the past five or six years and have kept up with that trend with their 28-, 29- and 33-footers.
So why not combine the best of both worlds in their first full-tunnel offering?
With their new M37R Widebody catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboards, which debuted at Super Cat Fest in Central Missouri in late August and reached 120 mph in the concurrent Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, DCB has done exactly that.
Though showcasing a new model at Super Cat Fest—for all intents and purposes an annual exotic go-fast catamaran show at the Camden on the Lake Resort—was a no-brainer, running it in the Shootout was risky. Fairly or not, the go-fast boating public—not to mention DCB’s competitors—judges harshly. They would be watching closely and would be disappointed with anything less than a 120-mph pass.
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