For Dean Loucks, the founder of The Art of Design in Elkhart, Ind., the opportunity to paint a second 50-foot catamaran from Mystic Powerboats—the first one was My Way, Bill Tomlinson’s turbine-powered cat that ran 224 mph to claim Top Gun at the 2013 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—was a complete pleasure.
Not only is Loucks a fan of the Mystic aesthetically speaking—he said the 50-footer’s “lines and curves are incredible”—he also has a special connection with the boat’s owner, Mark Wetterau of Southern California. Loucks painted Wetterau’s previous boat, Double Take, a 46-foot Skater Powerboats cat built in 2002 by Douglas Marine (which is currently for sale at Performance Boat Center in Missouri), as well as the 40-foot Skater he owned before that. And just last week, he completed a radical look for Wetterau’s new ride, which is back at Mystic’s shop in DeLand, Fla., for rigging, interior and more.
The catamaran, which is an open-cockpit pleasure boat with twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines, is expected to be ready to hit the water by early summer.
Loucks said he can’t wait to see the entire boat complete since The Art of Design was involved with designing the seats, dash and panels to complement the paint, just like the team did with Bill Pyburn’s new Pure Platinum 388 Skater that debuted at the in Miami Internationa Boat Show in February (read the story).
For a few more angles of the new 50-footer’s paint job, check out the slideshow above.
“Mark wanted an automotive feel with his new boat; he’s very detail-oriented and had some things in mind,” Loucks said. “We were working on Pyburn’s Skater at the same time and he was asking for something similar, an elegant automotive feel inside that manages to pull together the outside design that we worked on for so long and get all of the colors to work together.
“Of course even the color schemes are similar with the two boats,” he continued. “It was a little challenging to do them at the same time, but you just try to pretend you don’t know anything about the other boat. Both boats are so detailed with all of the little pieces and shading. I mean the pinstripes on Mark’s boat change in size in different areas of the boat. The design is pretty intricate.”
Loucks, who said he’s being more selective with his clientele and limiting the number of boats The Art of Design paints a year, believes all of the precise details in the design add a little extra motion to a boat that is sure to be ahead of the pack.
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