For the crew at Sonic Power Boats in Fort Pierce, Fla., 2016 has already been a busy year and it’s barely seven weeks old. According to a press release from Sonic, the company’s latest 42 Hyper Sonic was recently delivered back to the factory after receiving an elaborate paint job by Dean Loucks and the talented team at The Art Of Design in Elkhart, Ind., and its newly designed 32-foot catamaran is leaving for Indiana this week to receive another one-of-a-kind paint job from TAOD.
Complete with a paint job from The Art of Design, Sonic’s 42 Hyper Sonic will be for sale next month. Photos courtesy Sonic Power Boats.
With a beam of 9 feet, 6 inches and a tunnel width of 50 inches, Sonic’s new 32 Fast Cat already has been rigged with a pair of Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines. Although the crew will spend more time dialing in the boat once it returns from TAOD in April, the 32-foot cat reportedly reached triple digits in its first sea trial.
The new 42-foot V-bottom, which was built as a stock boat with a pair of 700-hp Mercury Racing engines, is being prepped for rigging and interior installation, and is expected to be available for sale at the end of March.
The company also just completed its third 36 Ocean Spirit this year—a clean center console powered by triple Mercury Verado 350 engines that was developed with the assistance of Miami naval architect and yacht designer Arthur Barbeito.
Next up for Sonic, according to the release, is the all-new 357 Cat, which is also to be painted by Loucks and company at TAOD.
For more photos of the new 42 Hyper Sonic as well as the 32 Fast Cat and 36 Ocean Spirit, check out the slideshow above.
Loucks, who is known for his design flair, visited the Sonic factory and was impressed by the facility and the number of boats under construction.
“I knew the Sonic brand, but never had the opportunity to paint one and it seemed ideal to use the new 42 Hyper Sonic as the platform to launch a custom paint design by The Art of Design,” said Loucks, who custom paints everything from helicopters and sailboats to luxury RVs and fine art, not to mention performance boats for many builders across the country. “It seems like Sonic is maintaining the powerboat look while creating something different. The new 42-footer is something I’d like to have.”
According to the release, Loucks, who said the lines, flat deck, sports car-inspired windshield and race-style motor mounts appealed to his aesthetic sense, jumped into the project with several renderings and concepts.
Editor’s note: Look for future updates on these new models and others being produced by the Sonic Power Boats team.
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