The only summer poker run on the Florida Powerboat Club schedule, this weekend’s Emerald Coast event in the Destin, Fla., area will have something a bit uncommon—at least for the Sunshine State—in the mix. Earlier this week, Jeff Johnston of DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., delivered an M35 Widebody catamaran powered by dual-calibration Mercury Racing 1350/1100 engines to Jorge Arellano of Ocala, Fla., and he will pilot it in Saturday’s poker run.
This immaculate new DCB M35 Widebody catamaran will be part of this Saturday’s Emerald Coast Powerboat Poker Run fleet (click image to enlarge).
Fans of offshore powerboat racing likely are familiar with the Arellano name, as the entrepreneur is the man behind JRA High-Performance Boat Sales, a single-engine Phantom V-bottom raceboat project. Last year, Arellano, who paid for the tooling and deck mold of the new 32-footer, reportedly ordered 10 boats to sell to interested offshore racers. Thanks to Arellano, freestyle motocross/extreme sports star Travis Pastrana actually competed in one during the inaugural American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series season-opener in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
But Arellano isn’t a racer—he’s a diehard high-performance pleasure-boat enthusiast. The new 35-footer is his third DCB creation.
“I’ve been on the water every day since I took delivery on Sunday learning this incredible piece of equipment, and I’ve never had anything like it,” he said. “The performance side of DCB is so amazing, and I’m still working in 1,100-hp mode. There’s not a sound or a rattle coming out of the boat. They really take their time building them and doing things right.”
DCB constructed the balsa-cored catamaran using the Vacuum-Infused Resin process with carbon fiber and Kevlar. Its “75-percent” Alcantara interior includes sections of “Chill” premium vinyl, which reportedly mitigates heat exceptionally well. The boat also features a SeaDek boarding kit with the material installed on the walkway between engine hatches, the steps into cockpit and the bow entry way.
The half-capped boat is dressed in the company’s Phase III graphics package that is color-matched to its interior. For greater range, Arellano had the builder upgrade the cat’s twin 85-gallon fuel tanks to 105-gallon fuel tanks.
Set up with a dual-helm option for its Isotta Carlotta steering wheel, the M35 can be operated by a two pilots or one. Helm station electronics include two Mercury Vessel View 9 monitors and a 12-inch Garmin GPS unit in the center of the dash. The six-seater is equipped with an intercom system for all passengers—with a VHF boat-to-boat communication setup known as the DCB Channel—and a rearview back-up camera. Digital throttle and shift controls are mounted in a console on the starboard gunwale.
Additional features include DCB’s Interior Rigid LED lighting package (mood lighting, courtesy lighting, LED cupholders) and exterior, dock and underwater LED lighting packages. For tunes, Arellano opted for a Stage III stereo system with a Fusion head unit, three JL Audio amplifiers, eight JL Audio M6 midrange LED speakers and two 13-inch JL Audio subwoofers.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the newest 35-footer from DCB.
Delivered on a custom triple-axle, gloss-black-painted MYCO trailer with a drive guard and LED undercarriage lighting, Arellano’s M35 reportedly has run 167 mph. But what has impressed the owner most so far is its ride quality and seaworthiness.
“I took it out into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday in two- to three-foot seas and we were just clipping along at 75 mph,” he said. “Following seas, head-on seas and quartering, the boat had no problem with any of it.”