Never one to waste time, Rick Bowling of Alamo, Calif., has already run his repainted Gone Again Skater Powerboats 28 catamaran—the sister-ship to his canopied 37-foot Talon catamaran with Mercury Racing 1350 engines of the same name—twice since its new graphics were completed 11 days ago by Bullet Fiberglass in Madera, Calif. The 28-footer, which Bowling bought used in 1995 and is powered by twin 300-hp Mercury Marine OptiMax outboard engines, was in dire need of a more contemporary appearance.
What a difference new graphics make, even on a 22-plus-year-old boat. Said Bowling, "I love the new look."
Bowling ran the 28-footer on Clear Lake, which is about an hour north of California’s Napa Valley, the weekend after he picked up the boat from the paint shop. Yesterday, he ran it on the Sacramento River Delta. Local fans of the well-known catamaran will get a chance to see it in action again on the popular waterway during the Big Cat Poker Run August 11-12.
Bowling had the boat's interior refurbished and fuel tanks replaced a couple of years ago. With the new paintjob finished, the restoration project is now complete.
“I love the new look," said Bowling, who has a second home on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. “I plan on taking it on the Big Cat Poker Run as I want to have my Talon at Lake Tahoe in July and August."
For a more angles of the 28-foot Skater's new paintjob, check out the slideshow above.