Held earlier this month, the Los Angeles Boat Show at the Pomona Fairplex in Southern California was filled with everything from pontoon to wakeboard boats. But the show also boasted a substantial fleet of go-fast catamarans, V-bottoms and deckboats from the likes of DCB Performance Boats, Eliminator and Nordic—the three most notable West Coast custom boatbuilders still in the game.
By most accounts, however, the absolute showstopper of the four-day event was Bananas, the latest DCB M44 catamaran powered by dual-calibration Mercury Racing 1550/1350 and capable of speeds beyond 170 MPH.
The boat is owned by Southern Californians Dave and Buffie Megugorac. No strangers to fast catamarans, they also own a DCB M35—the first Bananas—that is powered by Mercury Racing 1350s and can top 160 MPH. Devoted high-performance powerboat owners that they are, the Megugoracs plan to keep both boats created by El Cajon, Calif., custom high-performance powerboat builder.
To accommodate the dual-fuel engine configuration, DCB installed multiple fuel tanks—a pair of 100-gallon tanks for 91-octane fuel and two 40-gallon tanks for 112-octane fuel. Even though he’s not sure how much, if at all at first, he is going to use the 1,550 HP mode, Dave Megugorac said the ability to switch between horsepower outputs electrically intrigued him and helped make his power decision for him.
The six-seat catamaran boasts Alcantara-finished upholstery and the signature yellow-and-black Banana’s color scheme. The boat’s custom trailer was built by Skater Powerboats.
“The M44 is as sexy as it gets,” said Megugorac. “We went all out on this boat with so many cool things. We built a Cadillac. The boat has 44,000 BTU worth of air conditioning. We went with electric seats with built-in A/C and an ‘eject button’ that raises the cushion up four inches to make it easier to see over the bow. We also put in a concealed front-facing camera in the tunnel that drops down and has infrared technology for night vision.
“I have all the confidence in the team at DCB to build the best boat possible,” he added. “They continue to drive themselves to do things a little better each time.”