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I was just reading the latest Powerboat Mag where they tested the new DCB Widebody 31. Things super blinged out, great lines, powered by Teague 900+ whippled motors and #6's.

The asking price is 630k!!!!

A new 36' Skater, MTI or Nor-Tech with same power/drives will be around 700k.

Does anyone know anyone personally that owns a DCB in the mid 30's range that was about this price?

My question is; what made them buy a DCB over the big 3?

DCB's are good looking boats but with a center pod and lower profile they are definately purpose built (lakes/calm water).

I just don't get it. Like I said, not trying to hate - it just doesn't make sense to me.
 

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Havasu Hangin' said:
Oh boy...here we go again. The DCB lake boat boys are gonna be out justifyin' in force.

Tank- did you mention resale value, too?
Haha! I know there's a lot of DCB bashing that goes on around here. Whether in fun or hatin'. That's not my intention with this thread. But the resale thing truly is a good point.;)

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If I had that kind of disposable cash, I'd buy one in a hearbeat.
Wait, clearify. If you had the money you'd buy one too (as well as a skater/MTI/Nor-Tech)? Or if you had 700k to spend you'd pick a DCB first. Please explain why if it's the latter.

My guess is that the true purchase price of that 31 is around 441,000 or a 30% discount from retail.
So when said and done half the price of the big 3. Now THAT makes sense to me! Nice looking boat, runs well, fast, etc. for half the price of the "comp" (though again, I really don't see a DCB in the same class).
 

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If I were going to only run the river and lakes I would go ahead and buy the dcb. But if I was going to run offshore it would be big three all the way. I think dcb makes a very nice looking boat that performs great so no hate from me, but I agree they are not in the same category as the big three.......
 

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Tank just get in one and you will understand... I am guessing for a lake yes DCB over the others , you can cruise and not have that MONSTER porpoise...
 

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If I were going to only run the river and lakes I would go ahead and buy the dcb. But if I was going to run offshore it would be big three all the way. I think dcb makes a very nice looking boat that performs great so no hate from me, but I agree they are not in the same category as the big three.......
Ok, but lets go back to my original observation - at 630k you are waaaaaaay to close to Skater/MTI/Nor-Tech pricing. Why wouldn't you just buy one of the big 3 so you're ready for both?


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Tank just get in one and you will understand... I am guessing for a lake yes DCB over the others , you can cruise and not have that MONSTER porpoise...
Haha! "Monster porpoise"? No big cat of the big 3 I've ever been on showed any sign of porpoise. But you're right, I've never been in a DCB. Guess I'll have to take a ride. However, I don't think any ride could justify me to spend that kind of money and not just go buy one of the big 3.
 

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Ok, but lets go back to my original observation - at 630k you are waaaaaaay to close to Skater/MTI/Nor-Tech pricing. Why wouldn't you just buy one of the big 3 so you're ready for both?




Haha! "Monster porpoise"? No big cat of the big 3 I've ever been on showed any sign of porpoise. But you're right, I've never been in a DCB. Guess I'll have to take a ride. However, I don't think any ride could justify me to spend that kind of money and not just go buy one of the big 3.

There is a 30 spectre"im guessing" that rocks like that fron 60 to 120plus and 32 skater and they also would make me sick... Just watching them amazes me how people can stand it... For the ocean yes those would be the choices
 
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Wait, clearify. If you had the money you'd buy one too (as well as a skater/MTI/Nor-Tech)? Or if you had 700k to spend you'd pick a DCB first. Please explain why if it's the latter.
1. I don't do big blue (unless I'm in a 100' fishing boat :D)
2. I doubt I'd ever go larger than 30-32. I don't want to round up a crew to go boating.
3. That pretty much eliminates Nor-Tech & MTI
4. Some of the newer larger Skaters I've seen are awesome. But I don't care for their smaller boats much.
5. The M31 is 10' wide

Now when that day comes, and it will come, I might check out the 28' Eliminator Speedster. Might...
 

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I always wanted to know what DCB racing is? I think DCB's are just beautiful boats, that I'll never be able to afford, but having a freind who raced off-shore in the old Modified cat class in APBA, I've been to many races and never seen any. Do they have a race team?
 

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I don't know how else to put it. Those three manufacturers are the biggest in cat sales...PERIOD. They are also the three most debated boats to buy when someone is seriously considering an offshore performance cat purchase. Yea, you'll get those that opt for an OL but they don't sell the amount of cats as these three do.

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There is a 30 spectre"im guessing" that rocks like that fron 60 to 120plus and 32 skater and they also would make me sick... Just watching them amazes me how people can stand it... For the ocean yes those would be the choices
I've been in a few Spectres (in the ocean and in the lakes) and I would definately buy one in a heart beat. Besides the fact they handled great and ran fast, they were priced bellow any comparable boat. Never been in a 30 Spectre though.

Never been in a 32' Skater either. But then again, I've never heard ANYONE say a Skater Porpoises.

There's always driver error to contend with. I can make ANY boat porpoise bro. ;)

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1. I don't do big blue (unless I'm in a 100' fishing boat )
2. I doubt I'd ever go larger than 30-32. I don't want to round up a crew to go boating.
3. That pretty much eliminates Nor-Tech & MTI
4. Some of the newer larger Skaters I've seen are awesome. But I don't care for their smaller boats much.
5. The M31 is 10' wide

Now when that day comes, and it will come, I might check out the 28' Eliminator Speedster. Might...
Alright, I feel ya. Of course now we're talking apples to oranges. I'm trying to keep it apples to apples. You're asking 630k for a boat... that is in big boy/baller territory. I don't personaly see the justification when you're limiting your boating (and ride quality with a center pod).

I would have to definately look at Eliminator or Spectre and save a few hundred thousand if I was talking about a lake only boat in the 30' range though. Run it by the bling shop and pimp my ride:D.
 

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Tank, first of all that's full retail and then some. Lets say you could own that boat in the 4's. I'd be surprised if you could buy a fully rigged to the hilt 32 Skater, custom paint, full stereo, interior, epoxy bilge, blinged out trailer, top of the line interior with intercom and tons of GPS's, with 1000hp per side and VI's in the 4/5 hundred thousand range. So if that's the case it's priced accordingly IMO. Dave's finish work, rigging etc. is as good as it gets anyhow. If you were to compare that 31 to anything, anywhere on the market, do you think you find a boat that's constructed and rigged better at any size? Just wondering if you've ever looked inside an engine compartment or under a dash in one of his boats.

Hell Dave does all Penske board, carbon fiber, vacumm bagged lay-ups.
 
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Saw that on oso. Whats the story with it? That paint scheme would give me a migraine :D
 

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One thing I always wondered is why DCB puts a center pod in the bottom? Seems like all the larger boats run as true cats with just the two sponsons and a flat center. However I notice the west coast guys always have the center, yet none of them actually race (at an advanced competitive level).
 

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Never been in a 32' Skater either. But then again, I've never heard ANYONE say a Skater Porpoises.

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Start a thread on OSO asking what size cats porpoise at what speeds. Skaters porpoise at low speeds (low is a relative term in you have a 70mph boat). Lets say 40 to 70 it's gonna ride horrible, it's gonna track all over the place, ride wet, and turn for shit. 80 to 100 it's gonna start to get better, but somewhere in that range it's gonna porpoise. Low 100's to top speed, it's gonna turn into a magic carpet ride and excellerate like a freight train. They are bitchin boats at speed for sure.
 

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Ok, but lets go back to my original observation - at 630k you are waaaaaaay to close to Skater/MTI/Nor-Tech pricing. Why wouldn't you just buy one of the big 3 so you're ready for both?
I don't have a logical argument, I would buy a Skater/ Spectre/ Mti, if I were going to spend that much cash. But some people would argue that if you take big blue out of the equation then DCB is defiantly a good choice. They make a damn nice boat and I would enjoy the hell out of one on any lake in the country. Its kind of the like the old traditional hot rod vs billet hot rods. Some things just better suit some people taste's than others. I do however agree that if you are that close to the price of a Skater or MTI might as well go for it :D
 
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