That performance-boat enthusiast Rich Evans once owned a 47-foot Fountain V-bottom and a 36-foot Nor-Tech catamaran isn’t surprising given that the Brooklyn, Mich.-based electrical contractor does most of his boating on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Big water is a common occurrence on Lake Erie, and while typically calmer Lake St. Clair also can get rough.
For Rich Evans and his son, Blake, their DCB M31 will be a pathway to adventure.
But that didn’t stop Evans—inspired by his 10-year-old-son, Blake—from ordering a new DCB M31 catamaran, which will be delivered to him during the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., next month.
“Those are big lakes, for sure,” said Evans, who opted for twin Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines to power his 31-footer. “I have owned a couple of offshore boats in the past, so I know I’ll need to play the wind and pick my days.
“I got rid of those boats when we had kids,” he continued. “Now that Blake has just turned 10, it’s time for one last father-and-son adventure.”
Before ordering the catamaran, Evans spent time looking at photos of DCB builds—in various stages of completion—online. Those images enticed him to reach out to Jeff Johnston, the president of the company.
“I was floored seeing pictures of the boats they’ve put out in the past,” said Evans. “It’s very simple. Between the luxury and the quality, the product they produce is second to none.
For a closer look at Evans’ DCB M31, check out the slideshow above.
“The team at DCB is unbelievable,” he added. “For my son and me, this is a lifelong dream—built by DCB. I’m not out there with my buddies trying to do 160 or 170 mph. I wanted this to be a reliable, turnkey package so that’s why I ordered our boat with the 700s.”
Though his M31 is a father-and-son-inspired project, Evans suspects his 12-year-old daughter, Ava, and wife, Alanna (they also have an almost six-year-old daughter named Kendall) will want "to be part of the adventure” once he brings the boat back home from Arizona.
“Now that they’ve seen pictures of the boat, they’re getting pretty excited about it,” he said. “It’s a beautiful boat so far. I can’t even imagine what it’s going to look like when it’s finished.”