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New Model Update: First Two DCB M44 Widebody Models Nearing Completion

The first two highly anticipated M44 Widebody models from DCB are getting closer to hitting the water. According to Tony Chiaramonte of DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., the opposite-looking 44-foot catamarans are both in the rigging stage now that Craig and Kim Hargreaves’ Spooled Up II is back at the builder’s facility following a half-a-year detour at the Visual Imagination paint shop in Peculiar, Mo.


Spooled Up II, Craig and Kim Hargreaves’ 44-foot DCB catamaran, is back in El Cajon, Calif., for the rigging stage.

The first M44 Widebody out of the mold, which the Hargreaves had painted to match the 52-foot MTI catamaran they took delivery of earlier this year and brought to the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., arrived back at the shop today. DCB’s expert riggers will soon begin installing all of the electronics and wiring as well as the turbocharged Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines and M8 drives.

The slideshow above showcases Hull No. 1, which was painted by Visual Imagination.

“Both of these boats are so awesome, yet they’re so incredibly different,” Chiaramonte said referring to the boats in the slideshows above and below. “The amount of detail Mark and the guys at Visual Imagination put into Craig’s boat is insane. It really is flawless. In all honesty, in terms of wow factor, this DCB probably trumps anything else that’s ever left this shop.”

Check out the slideshow above for more images of Hull No. 2, which is powered by Mercury Racing 1100 engines.

Hull No. 2, which Chiaramonte expects to be on the water in August, features a much-simpler pearl white gelcoat with a complementary black rubrail along each side and black . Owned by Mike and Kathie Stevenson, the boat is being powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1100 engines and No. 6 drives, and is surely going to command the spotlight at any event it takes part in.

Editor’s note: Look for progress updates on the M44 cats at speedonthewater.com.

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