For those who pay any kind of attention to my stories on OffshoreOnly.com and here on speedonthewater.com, the name Tony Chiaramonte probably doesn’t need a whole lot of explaining. His name comes up in pretty much every DCB Performance Boats new delivery article as he handles a bulk of the hands-on customer service for the El Cajon, Calif., company in which he is part owner.
Look for Tony Chiaramonte and the new DCB M33R at an event near you this summer. Photo courtesy DCB Performance Boats
It also comes up most of the time in any top-speed shootout coverage as several DCB customers turn their boats over to Chiaramonte to get the most out of their boats on three-quarter-mile courses from Missouri to Arizona and places in between.
Needless to say the guy is busy—a road warrior without a doubt. The beat goes on this year as Chiaramonte is headed to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., his home away from home, for the Desert Storm Poker Run next week. From there, he’ll be meeting the company’s M33R demo model in Louisiana for the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run and then heading to the Lake Powell (Ariz.) Spring Run in June, the Texas Outlaw Challenge at the end of June, the Missouri-based Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August, the Lake Cumberland (Ky.) Poker Run in September, the Lake Powell Challenge in mid-September and of course the annual DCB Regatta at the end of September back in Lake Havasu.
For some that sounds like a dream job. For Chiaramonte, at times it is. Following a few days outside at the Lake Havasu Boat Show and the longest day of demo rides he’s ever given on Sunday, the last day of the show, it was far from a dream job. Driving DCB’s brand new M33R catamaran powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines over and over doesn’t sound like hard work. But after logging close to 400 miles—about the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco—he was exhausted and he still had boats to take care of not to mention look ahead to the work week.