For Rich Evans of Brooklyn, Mich., a dream came true earlier this week when he and his son, Blake, took delivery of what likely will be the last Mercury Racing 700 SCi engine-powered M31 catamaran built by DCB Performance Boats, as the stalwart supercharged mills have been discontinued by the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine and accessories company. The owner and his son, Blake, as well as couple of guests ran the boat for the first time earlier this week in advance of today’s Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.DCB M31 catamaran this week in Lake Havasu City this week (click image to enlarge).
“I was almost speechless when they pulled it in on the trailer,” said Evans. “It was breathtaking.
The build of the 31-footer, which Evans plans to use this summer on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie, was featured in a prior speedonthwater.com article.
“Seeing pictures is one thing,” said Evans. “Seeing the actual boat, that’s something else.”
For a closer look at Evans’ 31-footer, check out the slideshow above.
Tony Chiaramonte, who co-owns the El Cajon, Calif., custom high-performance boat company with partners Jeff Johnston and Paul Miler, joined Evans for his first time on the water in the catamaran, which in addition to twin 700-hp engines is equipped with Mercury Racing No. 6 drives with 1.35:1 gear reductions.
“We propped it for all-around use with 37s we ran it to 129 mph,” said Chiaramonte. “It was an excellent session—I think Rich was blown away.”
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