Brand-specific gatherings of powerboat owners are nothing new. They’ve been happening on waterways around the country for decades. But having covered three such events this season alone—one relatively new, one brand-new and another long-established—my appreciation for them has skyrocketed.
Bonded by brand, DCB, MTI and Outerlimits owners gathered to celebrate their common interest at three remarkable events this year (click image to enlarge). Photo of DCB M44 Widebody catamaran owners Buffie and Dave Megugorac copyright Matt Trulio/speedonthewater.com.
Straight up? Of all the events I covered this year on scene, the MTI Owners Fun to the Florida Keys, the inaugural Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats Factory Fun in Rhode Island and the 21st DCB Performance Boats Regatta in Arizona were my favorites.
They were all very different of course, from the powerboats at play to the aquatic playgrounds that hosted them.
A mid-winter event, the MTI run gave 50 catamaran and center console owners and their lucky guests a much-needed break from the cold for a weekend in the tropical paradise of Marathon Key. The early August Outerlimits happening saw 30 muscular V-bottoms and one outrageous catamaran tackle the spectacular waters of Rhode Island’s Narraganset Bay. And last weekend’s DCB Regatta attracted a hefty 75-boat fleet of exquisite new and vintage catamarans, with a V-bottom or two thrown in for good measure, to its home water, also known as Lake Havasu.
And that is where the differences end.