Longtime performance boater Scott Oldnettle is catching a flight from Alabama to Las Vegas today. From there he and his fiancé, Suzanne, are driving to Lake Havasu City, Ariz., where they will participate in this weekend’s Monster Bash Poker Run.
But before registering for the event organized by Lake Racer LLC, which also produces the Desert Storm Poker Run on the popular Lake Havasu, Oldnettle is going to take delivery of his spanking new DCB Performance Boats M35 Widebody catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines.
The new boat, which DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte water tested on Southern California’s Lake Elsinore earlier this week, features a bold dark blue gelcoat adorned with black and yellow stripes along each hullside as well as flanking the thick gray stripe down the center of the deck. The same color scheme, although a bit subtler, was used on Oldnettle’s other new boat—a Sunsation Boats 34 CCX powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines that was delivered in late July.
“Both boats were started around the same time so we asked Sunsation to paint the boat using the same colors we were using on the DCB,” said Oldnettle, who lives in Deatsville, Ala., and has a place in Destin, Fla., where he does most of his boating. “The Sunsation is more of our ‘goof-off’ boat. The new one [Oldnettle upgraded from a 2014 34 CCX with twin Mercury Verado 300 engines] is a little faster—it cruises at 45 to 50 mph rather than 35 to 40 mph—but it is fully loaded. We added a generator this time around and we also have joystick docking, which is nice. We love the Sunsation and Wiley and Mitch at Captain’s Choice Boats have been great to work with.”
As for the DCB, the Alabama native said he can’t wait to get into the 35-foot catamaran, which is expected to top 160 mph with ease. Oldnettle—who owned a DCB F32 catamaran with twin Ilmor Marine 625 engines before ordering the M35, not to mention a handful of Fountain Powerboats V-bottoms before that—said he is going to spend Thursday with Chiaramonte getting a full rundown of the boat’s features and some time behind the wheel with the vastly experienced DCB customer service guru.
“I started looking at a new DCB and basically the options were the supercharged 700-hp Mercury engines, which weren’t a big step up from the 625s in my old boat, or Mercury’s turbocharged 1100 or 1350 engines,” Oldnettle said. “I was thinking about the 1350s but the price difference to jump up to the M8 drives wasn’t worth it in my opinion so I went with the 1100s and the No. 6 drives.”
Oldnettle said the boat will be hauled back to Alabama early next week on its new triple-axle trailer from MYCO Trailers—a first for the crew at DCB, who said working with Bill Tweedie and the rest of the team at MYCO was a pleasure. From that point, he plans to enjoy the boat as much as possible this winter and then take it to various poker runs across the country next year.
Former Powerboat editor Jason Johnson was an integral part of the magazine staff from 2005 through 2011, utilizing journalistic integrity and experience in and around performance boats to report on all aspects of the go-fast lifestyle. The award-winning writer resides in Southern California and is the executive editor and co-publisher of speedonthewater.com, and writes for Sportboat and Powerboating in Paradise magazines.