Working on site at the Skater Powerboats facility in Douglas, Mich., ace high-performance powerboat paint man Thomas Kulesia, II, of No Coast Design and his talented crew are handling the graphics package he designed for the first Skater 318 catamaran. Kulesia, who’s home base is in Elkhart, Ind., has logged more than a week painting the 31-footer, which is the first Skater to be powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines.
Watch the No Coast Design paint job for the first Skater 318 catamaran come to life in the slideshow above.
“The design contains more detail than most projects of this size,” Kulesia said. “It is going to be a really cool, ‘First Edition’ 318. The boat features ‘No Coastal Deep Blue’ as its main color and some unique ‘Planetary Silvers.’
“We are nearing the homestretch,” he added. “But we are taking our time to execute the subtleties of the design. I work with a talented team of painters and craftsmen who execute the designs. My strengths and tenure are in the design, and then the translation onto the surface. I know what I am looking for and we execture that as a team.”
“It’s fantastic—it looks really good. I knew it wasn’t easy, but I never realized how difficult it really was and how much time it takes,” said Steve Lane, the owner of the first 31-foot cat, who lives Toms River, N.J. “Man, these guys are good. They really know what they’re doing. Thomas is really good. I let him take the lead and he got me to the right place.”
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