With clarity as if he saw the boat for the first time yesterday, Jose Garcia of Newport Beach, Calif., remembers the first time he laid eyes on a Dave’s Custom Boats Mach 22 catamaran at the Los Angeles Boats Show 16 years ago.
DCB's latest M35 Widebody catamaran was delivered to a customer in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., last week. All photos courtesy of DCB
“After going to every booth, it was easy to see the DCBs were the best-built boats at the show—and I’ve wanted one ever since,” Garcia said. “I knew if I was ever going to afford one I’d have to keep working hard for a long time. I watched the company’s boats grow into the F29s and F32s, which were amazing, and now into the incredible M Series with boats up to 41 feet.”
After years of sacrifice and hard work, Garcia, whose previous boat was a 27-foot LaveyCraft Sabre with a single Mercury Racing HP525EFI engine, decided last year that the moment was right to step into a new catamaran from the El Cajon, Calif., builder.
“I went back and forth on the M31 or M35, and eventually I decided to go all in with the M35 Widebody,” Garcia explained. “I opted for Mercury Racing 1350 engines and I feel like I got a hot rod that is still functional for taking family and friends boating. It was an emotional build because it took a lot for me to get to this point. In my opinion, it doesn’t get any better than a DCB.
“I designed my LaveyCraft with those guys so I knew the direction I wanted to take with the DCB,” he continued. “I came up with the initial rendering, the team at DCB tweaked on it and it came out exactly as I wanted. The boat is incredible, it really is more than I expected. “I’m beyond pleased with the attention to detail in the boat and from a customer service standpoint.”
Garcia went out of his way to point out the service he received from everyone at DCB, most notably the above-and-beyond effort from Tony Chiaramonte and Jeff Johnston.
“I’m in the customer service business and those two guys exceeded any type of customer service expectation I could have had,” he said. “I mean when Tony delivered the boat he took care of everything and went out of his way to make sure I was satisfied. The whole process was like that really. Jeff was super helpful and Dave and the team over there built such an awesome machine.”
For more images of Garcia's M35 Widebody, check out the slideshow above.
After taking delivery of the 35-footer early last the week, Garcia spent most of the week getting used to the boat on Arizona’s Lake Havasu between guidance from Chiaramonte and instruction from Tres Martin thanks to the Tres Martin Performance Boat School class he completed.
“I think I’m going to take the class again with Tres when he’s back out here for the Desert Storm Poker Run,” said Garcia, who ran the boat up to 165 mph last week with Chiaramonte, which he said was plenty fast. “I learned a lot and I think I could learn even more from another day of instruction. I don’t have the experience with this type of power or size of boat—it’s a lot of boat—so I want to make sure I’m as prepared as possible. In my opinion, if you own a boat like this and don’t take Tres’ class you must be crazy.”
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