Shooting to have their new Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engine-powered M33R catamaran on the water sometime in March, the crew at DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., topped the first completed hull with the first completed deck today to “take a look at them together.” That’s the word from the company’s Jeff Johnston.
DCB customer demand drove the creation of the M33R catamaran.
The all-foam-cored 33-footer is built with a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar—with a goal of a 5,000-pound dry weight. That would make the new outboard-powered catamaran approximately the same weight as the smaller M28R, but with a wider tunnel.
“Our goal is for the M33R to be able to reach the mid to high teens,” said Johnston. “It’s a light boat, but it’s also very strong.”
For a closer look at the boat, check out the slideshow above.
When it’s finished, the M33R will be DCB’s largest outboard-powered catamaran. Johnston said that existing DCB customers drove demand for the 33-footer, and the company already has five orders. The boat will not be offered with stern-drive propulsion.
“The M28R is a super-popular boat, we sold five in our first year and we have two more on orders, but our customers were telling us they want a bigger outboard boats,” said Johnston.