While outboard engines remain the propulsion packages of choice for DCB Performance Boats' M28, M29R and M33R—the company’s latest creation—El Cajon, Calif.-based custom boat builder hasn’t stopped building stern-drive package cats. In December 2017, the builder completed a M31 model powered by twin Mercury Racing 860 engines, the least powerful member of the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine builder’s quad cam four valve (QC4v) power series. It was the first catamaran to be powered by the natural aspirated 860-hp engines since they were introduced at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

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This Mercury Racing 860 engine-powered M31 will debut in April at the Desert Storm Poker Run (click image to enlarge).

Next week, the company will test its second 860-powered 31-footer—and another one is fresh out of the molds. The boat is slated for a April debut at the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

“This is the customer’s second DCB, as he had an M29 with Mercury Racing 565s before this new build,” said Jeff Johnston, the president of the company. “After Desert Storm, it will go back to Lake Eufala in Oklahoma."

For a closer look at the M31 currently under construction, check out the slideshow above.

On the M35 catamaran front, DCB has two 860 builds in the works. The first will be completed in August. The second will be finished by the end of the year.

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