On Sunday, DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, CA, delivered a stunning M35 catamaran to first-time customer Matt Dearing, a landscape-maintenance business owner who splits his time between Oregon and Lake Havasu City, AZ.
After owning some deep-vee performance hulls under 30 feet, Dearing says he found himself attracted to quality, and the fit and finish, of the DCB catamarans he'd seen. "We looked at some used ones, but ultimately decided to go with a brand-new build of an M35," he tells Speedboat.
Taking delivery of the boat in Havasu this past Sunday was an experience to remember. "It was over the top," he says. "Just incredible. The guys at DCB really nailed it. Jeff Johnston's emails and explanations were super thorough. And dealing with Tony Chiaramonte was a dream."
Dearing says he and his wife Erin Dearing brought numerous ideas to DCB and contributed a lot of input into the way the boat looks. "We were very involved with the design and the colors," he says. "We actually had similar colors on our previous boats, and on some of our other toys, so we wanted to incorporate the red and black into the DCB. Our main goal with the color was to have the black laid through the rubrail so that we didn't need to cap the entire boat—just the front and the back. So the rubrail just kind of fades away into the black."
Moving from a vee to a cat, he says, was quite an experience. "It really drove great," he says. "The biggest difference I noticed is how long it takes to slow it down! It's a little bit of a learning curve."
The boat is powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines coupled to #6 drives spinning Mercury five-blade CNC cleavers. With this setup, the boat is capable of speeds in the 150-mph range.
One feature that Dearing is especially proud of is the swim step. "This is the first one they've ever done with a swim step, even though they've probably had about 30 people ask them before. They really hit it out of the park. It turned out huge."
Matt, Erin and their two kids, ages 23 and 17, all love boating. "Our youngest went down with us to the DCB during the build, and we kind of went through the process and learned about it together. It was pretty cool for him to see it."
2023 M35 WIDEBODY FEATURES
• Power: Twin Mercury Racing 1100s with #6 drives and Mercury 5-blade CNC cleavers
• Construction: Vacuum Infused Resin (VIR) process, foam-cored, with carbon-fiber layup
• Phase III gelcoat scheme with half cap/ black powder-coated rub rail with graphics painted to match. All blacked out billet hardware, with upgraded 9” black SeaSmart with laser etched DCB logo.
• Single Oversized 110 gallon (x2) fuel tanks (standard is 85 gallon x2).
50/50% Alcantara/CoolTouch interior package, with matching under-cuddy.
• Custom 3-color SeaDek entry kit with plush cockpit carpet kit.
• Custom Isotta Carlotta steering wheel, custom painted black, with black Alcantara wrapped grip, embossed DCB logo in center cap.
• Two Mercury VV9 touch screen monitors
• One Garmin 10” GPS monitor
• Dash ventilation system
• Stage III stereo – Fusion head unit | Two (2) JL Audio amplifiers | eight (8) JL Audio M6 midrange speakers with LED | Two (2) 12” JL Audio M7 free air subwoofers.
• Mercury DTS controls custom painted Black & matching Red throttles
Interior RGBW lighting package (mood lighting, courtesy lighting, LED cupholders and engine cowling mood lights)
Dual spray foot showers at front between sponsons to spray sand off feet for boarding, with additional spray nozzle retractable hose on oversized transom swim platform.
• Marine Concepts cockpit cover
• Triple-axle Extreme Trailer, with 20” FUEL wheels, mood lighting, double handle steps up front