“There goes the Rapid Rabbit right there,” said Paul Miller, co-owner and general manager of DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif. “Look at it go. Lawrence loves running his boat—he’s relentless, damn near fearless.”
Likely the most traveled performance boater in the country, devoted DCB owner Lawrence Coelho isn’t afraid to tackle big water, run his boats in top-speed shootouts or give back to communities across the country. Photo courtesy Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images.
At the time, Miller was driving the all-new DCB M33R catamaran with twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines toward the first stop of the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., when Lawrence Coelho, of Tulare, Calif., came zooming by on the other side of the lake in his DCB F29 catamaran powered by a pair of 1,100-hp engines.
Some 20 to 30 minutes before the Rapid Rabbit sighting, while we were idling though the Lake Havasu channel for the poker run parade lap, Miller and I had a conversation about Coelho’s passion for performance boating and the fact that no other DCB owner has had such far-ranging representation of the brand.
“Lawrence isn’t just a great DCB ambassador, he’s a great person—he travels all over the country for fun and gives back to the different communities he visits,” Miller explained, adding that there’s little to no chance another DCB boater has ventured into as many different waterways as Coelho. “I don’t know how he does it.”