Past Restorations

Brand X is for Everything

Most everyone knows Jason Ventura of Brand X Hi-Performance Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., as the hands-on, no-nonsense pro that he is. The guy who has been at the helm, by the side and behind the scenes of so many iconic performance boats campaigned at poker runs, races and other events over the past two decades has a remarkable reputation in the industry thanks to his attention to detail and vast amount of experience.

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After the repair work done by the team at Brand X Hi-Performance Marine, you’d never know Chris Ryder’s 36-foot Skater had a giant scratch down the side of it. Photo courtesy Jason Ventura

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Smallest Gone Again Skater Catamaran Makeover Complete

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.

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What a difference new graphics make, even on a 22-plus-year-old boat. Said Bowling, "I love the new look."

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Project Completion: Metal Flake Fountain Express Cruiser On Lake Of The Ozarks

Local and visiting powerboat owners who flocked to the Lake of the Ozarks during the Memorial Day weekend had the chance to see something a little unusual on the Central Missouri waterway. That’s because Chad Engel of Custom Image Auto Body finished the metal-flake gelcoat work (read the story) on his parents’ 2009 Fountain 38’ Express Cruiser in time for the holiday weekend and delivered it to them.

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Something you don't see every day, this metal flake gelcoat-finished Fountain Express Cruiser turned heads last weekend on the Lake of the Ozarks.

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The Evolution of the Original Statement

When Chris Mills of the Michigan-based Boat Customs told me about one of his latest projects a few months back, there was an extra enthusiastic inflection in his voice. Every so often a boat that comes through his company’s shop piques his interest a little more than most—and this was one of those times.

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Michigan-based Boat Customs recently finished the paint job on the first 42 Ultimate built by Statement Marine.

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Smallest Gone Again Catamaran Getting Makeover

With four well-known catamarans dubbed Gone Again in the high-performance world, it can be a little tricky to keep them straight. But with the exception of one, a 38-foot Skater owned by the STIHL offshore racing team before it was purchased by former top-speed shootout specialist/fledgling offshore racer Kenny Mungle and is now for sale, three of the four trace their ownership roots—and all four trace their name— back to Rick Bowling of Alamo, Calif.

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After 22 years on the water, the smallest catamaran in the well-known Gone Again family was due for an update.

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