On his way to cover the fourth annual Kuttawa Cannonball Run in Kentucky this weekend, speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden detoured to Skater Powerboats in Douglas, Mich., yesterday to check in with company founder Peter Hledin, national sales manager Tony Cutsuries and the rest of the Skater crew. While he was there, he snagged a quick side-by-side shot of a pair of new Skater 388 catamarans that are ready for rigging.
Next up for engine installation rigging, these Skater 388 cats are headed to buyers in Arizona and Michigan. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix/speedonthewater.com.
One will be powered by twin 1,100-hp supercharged engines from Sterling Performance. The other will be powered by twin 1,100-hp turbocharged engines from Mercury Racing. Appearance Products is producing the interiors for both 38-footers, which will be painted in house by the father-and-son team of Steve and Jake Schulte.
“We are just slammed with builds in addition to those two,” said Cutsuries, who is headed to Skaterfest in early August and Super Cat Fest later that month. “We’ve been cranking ever since we reopened.”
Dubbed Mavrik, the Sterling engine-powered 388 is going to Michigan-based David Schaller, who owns a 32-foot Skater of the same name. The Mercury Racing engine-powered 388 is headed to a Skater client in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.