DCB's first M35 Widebody Open Bow is also the company's first 35-foot cat with Bravo drives. Photos courtesy DCB Performance Boats
Just a couple of days after moving out of the Los Angeles Boat Show, the DCB Performance Boats crew took its spanking-new M35 Widebody Open Bow to Southern California’s Lake Elsinore for its first water test, and the results exceeded the team’s expectations.
With just DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte on board the 35-foot center-pod-style catamaran, the boat, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 565 engines, reached 100 mph at 5,300 rpm with a pair 15 1/4" x 34”-pitch five-blade Mercury Maximus propellers connected to the Bravo One XR drives with a 1.50 gear ratio.
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“We set up the boat rather conservatively because it’s an open bow, first and foremost, and because it is going to Lake Powell, which has an elevation around 4,000 feet,” Chiaramonte explained. “We’ll probably prop it with the 32s to make sure the owner has a nice, solid 90- to 95-mph boat that he can take a bunch of people in. I had it up to 97 mph with four people on board during our tests at Elsinore.
“The boat turned out so nice,” he continued. “It comes on plane easily and turns really well. Not only is it a little different than the other M35s we’ve built thanks to the open bow, it is the first one we’ve done with Bravo drives. I like it, and I have a feeling the customer is going to love it.”
Chiaramonte said the second M35 Widebody Open Bow, which features a pair of 700SCi engines from Mercury, is going to be wrapped up in time for the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., in late April. He added that there has been a lot of interest in the boat since its debut at the show last week. In fact, it’s likely something you’ll see trickle down to the company’s M31 and M29 models.