DCB Tests First Mercury 860-Powered Boat, A Gorgeous M31 Widebody

Between a photo shoot and testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., the teams at DCB Performance Boats and Mercury Racing appear to be remarkably pleased with their first round of “dialing in” DCB’s first boat powered by a pair of Mercury Racing’s new 860 engines.

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This DCB M31 Widebody catamaran headed to a Canadian customer in British Columbia is the first DCB with the new Mercury Racing 860 engines. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images

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Adrenaline Powerboats Putting Finishing Touches on ZRX 47

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The work-in-progress Adrenaline ZRX 47 was on display at the Key West Poker Run Village.  

For us—and anyone else in Key West, Fla., last month for the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run—it was cool to get a chance to see and lay our hands on the first ZRX 47 Carbon Series V-bottom from Adrenaline Powerboats.

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Fully Dressed Factory Billet Engine Headed To PRI Show

Outfitted with its new Inconel headers and water-jacketed turbochargers, a fully dressed Factory Billet 1,650/1,950 high-performance marine engine (read the story) will be on display during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show Dec. 7-9 in Indianapolis. The unique flex-fuel powerplant will be exhibited in the Precision Turbo and Engine booth during the event.

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Visitors to this week's PRI show this week will get a look at the first completely dressed Factory Billet flex-fuel engine.

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Cobra Performance Boats Readies All-New 280 Venom Cat for Inboard or Outboard Power

Based on the recently released rendering of the new 280 Venom from Cobra Performance Boats, it appears that the outboard application of the 28-foot catamaran, which is slated to be completed a few months after the stern drive-powered version, could be as big of a seller as the inboard model, if not bigger.

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Cobra's new 280 Venom is going to be available with inboard or outboard power options (click image to enlarge).

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Sunsation Building Open-Cockpit Outboard-Powered 32-Footer

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Vaunted builder to offer updated take on a sportboat classic.

With its CCX series of high-performance center consoles, Sunsation Boats reinvented itself and assured its future. The Algonac, Mich., company has been particularly successful with its 32-footer, and in the words of Sunsation’s resident designer/mad scientist Wayne Schaldenbrand, the company “can’t build them fast enough” to meet demand. Like his Sunsation partners Kyle Miller, Jared Morris and his brother, Joe, he knows that’s a high-class problem—and one that everyone company is delighted to have.

But as most performance-boat enthusiasts know, Sunsation made much of its considerable name with 28-foot and 32-foot closed-deck sportboats. Impressive as the builder’s 43-foot F4 V-bottom is, the company’s early success and reputation were built on the smaller single- and twin-engine stern-drive models.

Times and tastes have changed, of course, and as noted above Sunsation has adapted with three outboard engine-powered Center Console Xtreme—hence the CCX designation—models. But the pure sportboats still hold a place in the hearts of the Sunsation faithful, as well as the people behind the brand.

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Sixteen Power Releases ‘Dyno Unveil’ Video

Unveiled in February at the Miami International Boat Show, an intriguing 16-cylinder, 854-cubic-inch engine platform from Detroit-based Sixteen Power has been captured in testing action in the company’s first dynamometer video. The two-minute-plus video features a naturally aspirated, 1,100-hp version of the engine.

According to Sixteen Power’s Tom Robinson, the engine produced peak horsepower at 5,800 rpm.

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Click image above to watch video.

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Gallery of the Week: Teague Ready to Rig New DCB ‘TCM 31’ Cat

Earlier this week the team at DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., put some of the finishing touches on its latest M31 Widebody catamaran before delivering it to a special customer a couple of hours to the north—Bob Teague of Valencia, Calif.-based Teague Custom Marine, which is going to complete the boat early next year.

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The latest M31 Widebody from DCB—Bob Teague's personal boat—is going to be rigged at Teague Custom Marine with a pair of 1,400-hp TCM engines. All photos courtesy DCB

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