Completed by famed boatbuilder Mark McManus in 1988, a 41-foot Apache sportboat originally dubbed inXS is well-known to aficionados of the brand. It’s a classic, brawny wave-crusher, the kind of ride that always will be coveted by conventional, non-stepped V-bottom traditionalists. But the boat’s graphics were as faded as they were dated, when Greg Hansen of Long Island, N.Y., purchased it a few years ago—and from day one he knew wanted to update them.
Kinetic Animation brought Greg Hansen’s 41 Apache into the modern world.
At McManus’ suggestion, Hansen reached out to Ryan Beckley at Kinetic Animation in Sarasota, Fla., to have the 41-footer wrapped. The makeover was part of a total restoration project that included new, custom-built 850-hp 598-cubic-inch engines and updating the dash with new colors and gauge bezels.
“I looked all around the Long Island but no one could do the job,” said Hansen, who is in the construction business. “Mark told me there was one guy who could handle it, Ryan Beckley in Sarasota, and that I needed to talk to him.”
“Ryan and I went back and forth for a few months on the design,” he continued. “His attention to detail was unbelievable.”
Slammed with work—a high-class state of being these days for most people in the high-performance marine industry—Beckley couldn’t handle the job immediately. Hansen was willing to wait and had the boat hauled to the Kinetic Animation facility.
Thanks to Kinetic Animation and a creative client, the before-and-after look of this 1988-built 41-foot Apache is simply remarkable.
“He was very patient with me waiting for a design—I have been buried this year,” said Beckley, who heads out tomorrow with his Super Stock-class, TNT Caddy Shack-backed raceboat to this weekend’s Lake Race at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central, Mo. “And we made a lot of tweaks to get to the final design.”
Printing the graphics took two full days. Installing them took another 4-1/2 days. The boat, which is equipped with Mercury SpeedMaster drives and reportedly tops out at 80-plus mph, arrived back in Long Island about a month ago, and everyone involved is thrilled with the results.
“The thing is sick, bro,” said Hansen. “Now, we’re just waiting for some nice weather to come to us.”
For Beckley, the project was a much-appreciated opportunity to modernize a classic V-bottom.
“I had always loved the Apache tribe graphics, so it was really cool to re-create this art and do it in more-modern colors,” he said. “I’m really happy how it turned out.
“I sent some pictures to Gail Paik, who designed and painted many of the original Apaches,” he added “She gave us a nod of approval.”
Hansen and Beckley worked closely on the new graphic design for the boat.