When it comes to his thorough 368 Skater Powerboats catamaran conversion project, Larry Guillen has run the full gamut of emotions—let’s just leave it at that. But the emotions just around the corner are the ones he’s actually looking forward to, the thrill of blasting across the water in his Skater with family and friends as well as the weight-off-your-shoulders feeling that comes after finishing such an extensive and exhausting project.
The practically new 368 Skater Powerboats catamaran Cállete is ready for testing, according to Larry Guillen, the boat’s eager owner.
Last weekend, Guillen and Brad Stewart, the owner of E-Ticket Performance Boats who has handled the project from start to finish, splashed the 36-footer on its trailer into Arizona’s Lake Havasu to fire the boat’s refreshed Sterling Performance engines, put everything through a leak down test and make sure the drives, gauges and other components were working properly.
Although he was disappointed that Cállete wasn’t ready in time for last month’s Street Party at the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., Guillen said he’s focused on the fact that the boat should be dialed in soon and ready for loads of summertime fun.
Check out the slideshow above for a couple more photos of Cállete, including a shot of how the 36-footer used to look.
“We should be able to start testing this weekend, but it depends on the schedule of our fuel injection guy Brian Macy from Horsepower Connection in Havasu,” Guillen said. “We definitely need him to be there with his computer to make sure we don’t screw something up and grenade an engine. I can’t wait to start testing. Brad is making a few adjustments and the interior and engine hatches are ready so the boat is looking great.
“At the end of the day, the boat is bad ass,” he added. “It’s definitely taken a lot of time and hard work, but the boat turned out exactly the way I wanted it. Brad is super talented—he can do things no one else can.”
Editor’s note: Look for another update on Cállate once Guillen and Stewart are ready to talk about the boat’s performance.