When JP O’Donoghue and his good friend Brad Kloepfer arrived at DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., yesterday they were blown away upon examination of O’Donoghue’s new DCB M35 Widebody catamaran that just arrived from Visual Imagination in Peculiar, Mo.
Lickity Split, a new DCB M35 Widebody, returned to Southern California yesterday after being painted by Visual Imagination in Missouri.
Featuring an outrageous custom paint job, the 35-footer dubbed Lickity Split spent a few months at the Missouri outfit owned by Mark Morris, and, according to Kloepfer, the extra effort—nearly every DCB built features gelcoat graphics handled in house not paint jobs done halfway across the country—was well worth it.
“The paint job is absolutely incredible—we can’t believe how great it came out,” Kloepfer told speedonthewater.com last night. “Seeing the boat in person got us even more excited about it. The paint really is perfect. It’s hard to describe—it’s one of those things you have to see in person to truly appreciate. Pictures don’t do it justice.”
Morris called Lickity Split one of the most detailed paint jobs his team has ever done.
“I think the boat turned out awesome,” Morris said. “It was a big job that’s for sure—extremely detailed is probably the best way to describe it. I mean we painted the engine compartment and the cockpit, and the pressure was on because the paint part had to look as nice as the boat does. That’s not easy when you’re dealing with one built by DCB. Their boats are so detail-oriented. I’m anxious to see the boat when it’s all done.”
For additional images of the 35-foot catamaran, look at the slideshow above.
Kloepfer said the M35 has already been rolled into the DCB rigging bay, it’s home for the next two months as Deron Rettke, the company’s head rigger, puts his meticulous touch on the boat, which is getting twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
“We went over quite a few details with Deron and Carlos (Lafarga, DCB’s expert upholsterer) and tweaked some things,” Kloepfer added. “There’s nothing like working with the best of the best, those guys bring so many ideas to the table. We’re adding things that weren’t in the original design like additional LEDs inside and under the boat as well as an extra chartplotter and RaceView display in the dash.”
Editor’s note: Speedonthewater.com will provide further updates on Lickity Split as available.