Over the years Lake Havasu City has been host to many a manufacturers regatta. From the early days the regatta has been an institution for both owners and fans of the many builders that have come and gone in the west coast boating scene. In their hay day regattas pulled in huge numbers of both boats and attendees and manufacturers spent cubic dollars to show their appreciation to the brand faithful. Since those days we have seen a couple of economic down swings put a dent in both attendance and budget for most regattas and in some cases we've seen manufacturers fall by the wayside altogether.
While times may have changed some and regattas may be more on the conservative side, a few manufacturers still see a value in bringing their customers and industry professionals together to celebrate their brand and the sport in general. One such manufacturer is DCB Performance Boats. Since 1990 DCB has faithfully presented its customers with a great boating weekend bringing together customers, potential buyers, and the latest offerings from the El Cajon, CA builder and this year was no different.
Speaking of latest offerings... DCB delivered their latest Mercury Racing powered outboard catamaran, a striking orange M28R with 400Rs to customer Roy Moore who made the trip all the way from Maine just to take delivery of DCB's new masterpiece.
Another notable new build was Greg Timmons' new M33R complete with Mercury Racing 450R's. Beautiful in blue and silver, Timmons' new ride is the first for DCB with the new supercharged outboards and it's already turning heads and putting up great numbers.
With 76 boats and 350 people in attendance DCB kept the tradition alive in grand form for 2019. And why shouldn't they? DCB is one of the premier builders in the industry and they put on an event with great vibes all weekend with festivities kicking off with a Friday lunch run up to the ever popular Pirate Cove Resort just north of Topock on the Colorado River.
Registration, as the event itself, was held at the London Bridge Resort with a party following at Martini Bay also on the Resort property. Saturday started off with a drivers meeting to go over safety concerns for drivers and passengers participating in the days poker run. The run started with a parade under the historic London Bridge and through the Bridgewater Channel. From there participants were treated to amazing weather and a great day of boating on Lake Havasu. DCB also treated their customers to a helicopter shoot for those that wanted to commemorate their weekend with a couple aerial photos by photographer Todd Taylor.
Saturday evening participants gathered for the annual banquet and raffle. Great food, strong drink, and good company. How better to finish off a great weekend?
While many builders out there may not find value in regattas it's always refreshing to see DCB setting the standard for what customer appreciation can and should be. If you own a DCB of any kind you owe it to yourself to attend one of these events. And if you don't, you owe it to yourself to make your way down to the docks next year and check out the scenery that only DCB can provide.
Words and Photos by: Tom Leigh (Tommy Gun Images)