On the heels of the most successful Miami International Boat Show in years, the high-performance marine industry is coming out strong again for the Lake Havasu Boat Show April 20-22. This year, as previously reported, the show has merged with the Desert Storm Poker Run, which translates to nine days of continuous go-fast boat action in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., as well as on the lake itself.
One of the most awaited new introductions slated for the Havasu show is the M41 Widebody catamaran from Dave’s Custom Boats. At 41 feet long, it is the largest model in the DCB fleet. DCB also is reportedly working on its smallest Widebody cat dubbed the M285, which will be powered by Mercury Racing 's new 565 engine. The crew at DCB is hoping to unveil the new cat at the Havasu event, but at this point cannot guarantee the boat will be ready in time.
The general public also will get its first look at the new Doug Wright Poker Run Edition, a close cousin to the highly successful 32 Doug Wright offshore racing cat, at the Havasu event. With a completely restyled deck and a larger cockpit, the five-person 32-footer will be powered by a pair of Mercury Racing OptiMax 300XS outboard engines.
Brett Campbell, a primary subcontractor for Kachina Boats for many years, remembers when the first 39 Patron V-bottom from the Phoenix boat builder was pulled from the molds in 2007. Now, some five years later, the boat has finally made it to the water.
CP Marine, a powerboat service business specializing in maintenance, rigging, upholstery, paint and more, ran the boat at Lake Pleasant in Arizona last week.Campbell, who owns
“For a 16,000-pound boat with a pair of staggered Mercury Racing 525s, this thing turned out to be pretty fast,” Campbell said. “We still have some work to do, but I was pleased with its performance. I was banging the rev-limiter at 5500 rpm at 70 mph. The slip is up there at 22 percent. We need to space down a little and get to around 7 percent slip. If we can do that, the boat will do 75 mph, maybe even close to 80.”
The one-and-only 39 Patron was actually on display at the 2010 Desert Storm Poker Run. Although, according Campbell, it had nothing finished besides the engines being mounted “without any guts” and a “thrown-together” cockpit interior, which he is planning to redo for the current owner, who bought the boat off repossession and turned it over to CP Marine for completion last fall.
Production of a 50-foot, turbine-powered Mystic catamaran for the Qatar Marine Sports Federation started today, according to John Cosker, the principal of Mystic Powerboats in Deland, Fla. The Qatar team will campaign the cat, which was commissioned by Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, in the United States during the 2013 offshore racing season.
“Hopefully, we will have it finished in the next four months,” Cosker said in a telephone interview this afternoon. “From there it will go to rigging, graphics and testing. We have to have it ready for them in time for the (2013) Miami Boat Show.”
Cosker said his point people for the project have been Sheikh Hassan, as well as renowned offshore racing throttleman Steve Curtis.
The boat initially will be set up with twin T-53 turbine engines from Whispering Turbines for offshore racing.
“In August (2013), it will be ready to accept T-55 engines for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout,” Cosker said.
After letting the dust settle from Dave's Custom Boats' (DCB) journey to and from the Miami International Boat Show in mid-February, a phone to call Dave Hemmingson, founder and president of DCB, was answered yesterday with a refreshing and enthusiastic tone.
Hemmingson and the DCB crew, including co-owner Rob Blair, enjoyed a strong show in Miami, with the potential of at least a few sales.
"I love Miami—I think it's the best show in the world," Hemmingson said. "We're wrapping up a couple of deals from the show, maybe more. We got great response. Everyone was anxious to see the M41."
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