Ever since the center-console muscleboat market exploded on the East Coast, many have wondered which West Coast builder would throw its hat into the ring, and take a bite out of this ever-expanding market segment. Now, after years of strategizing, the first major Southern California-based builder appears to have staked its claim: DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, CA, has announced that it will tool a 42-foot center console, which it hopes to have ready by spring of 2020.
According to company owner Jeff Johnston, the 42CC has been “a long time coming—we’ve been asked to build one for the last two seasons, and the time finally came to design and tool one. We’re very excited about it.” Johnston said that the concept is basically done, with the engineering phase to follow; artist’s renderings of the boat have been released and depict an impressive quad-outboard concept sure to compete well with center-console offerings from the East Coast. DCB already has two orders for the 42 and is currently fielding commitments for hulls 3-5.
The design of the boat—branded as “V42CC,” although Johnston said that nomenclature might change—is a collaboration with SFG Yacht Design. The boat will be equipped with three, four or five Mercury Racing 400R outboards.
Johnston added that part of why DCB made their announcement now was to make the knowledge public prior to February’s Miami Boat Show, when some customers might be deciding whose center consoles to purchase in the next several seasons. “At least they’ll know it’s coming down the pipeline,” he says.
Meanwhile, DCB has just finished a successful display at the Los Angeles Boat Show, where it showed off its new M44 Bananas XL, which is being delivered to repeat customer Dave Magoo today and will be launched on the water for the first time tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 23). The boat, powered by twin 1350/1550 Mercury Racing engines, is capable of reaching speeds of 180+ mph, according to DCB.