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you have got to be a kid before Christmas waiting for a full body shot
I’m dying to see the damn deck!! It’s hard to get the full impact with cell phone pictures. I really want to make a trip back when it hits the rigging line but flying in these times doesn’t thrill me.

The interior guy is nearly done already.
 

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The rear steps look like they already have baby oil on them and slicker than shit as shiny as they are..... but how theF do you cover that paint with SeaDek or GatorStep??
 

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The rear steps look like they already have baby oil on them and slicker than shit as shiny as they are..... but how theF do you cover that paint with SeaDek or GatorStep??
Yea, not gonna cover that art up. I'll just deal with it I guess? The waterline will be over the bottom of the last step. I think I can shimmy my way back in. The wife? might be a good show. :rolleyes:
 

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Yea, not gonna cover that art up. I'll just deal with it I guess? The waterline will be over the bottom of the last step. I think I can shimmy my way back in. The wife? might be a good show. :rolleyes:
Steve they make a clear bra product with grip in it. Yes it is not perfectly clear but might be a compromise to have a few spots or strips on the steps.
 

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Steve they make a clear bra product with grip in it. Yes it is not perfectly clear but might be a compromise to have a few spots or strips on the steps.
I'll make a point to talk to the Skater guys about it when I go back soon. I'm planning a trip while its on the rigging line.
 

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Now the painter is just messing with you
When my chevelle was first painted they laid down a thin "guide coat" when starting to cut and buff the clear. My anxiety as they casually spray black paint over my blue and white car which already looked tits before final sanding and such. Obviously all comes out well, but hard to watch it go from 90% to 50%, so it can go to 100% looking good :)
 

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When my chevelle was first painted they laid down a thin "guide coat" when starting to cut and buff the clear. My anxiety as they casually spray black paint over my blue and white car which already looked tits before final sanding and such. Obviously all comes out well, but hard to watch it go from 90% to 50%, so it can go to 100% looking good :)
Great point. If you look at this photo, you can clearly see the variation in texture due to paint depth. The sanding then more clear then more sanding and buff will leave it devoid of any perceptible difference

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First time i have seen this thread, that is just stunning.....I don't say that easily.👍
 

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WOW It is so nice to see with all the damn type off!
Super Sweet Job.
next to the rigging dept.
 

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I think it looks like crap! I wouldn't let that thing even close to my garage!
 

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Looks beautiful neighborhood, can't wait to see her roll through the neighborhood, you might have to trim your trees a bit lol, let me know if you need any help in April !
 

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I know some young gals going through their hallucinogenic mushroom phase.... I think they'd just sit and stare at this for hours.
I'm sober (usually), and can look at that for hours!

This is going to be another show piece...
If I'm ecited to see the finished product, I can't imagine @nganga !
 

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They'd look great under my Christmas tree!
(Need a bigger tree I think...)
 

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It’s not typical that boating websites get to see such great detail and step-by-step build pics from one of the most iconic boat builders today.

We read about them long after the owner has taken possession but rarely have behind the scene step-by-step commentary.

A Skater build is what dreams are made of.

Speed On The Water, thankfully, has done a couple articles on this boat but this is what boating forums should encourage.

Hats off to Nganga and I look forward to seeing this build on the tilt trailer at DS 2021. You’ve built one hell of a beautiful Skater and I can’t wait to see it in rigging and across the finish line.
 

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So fkn cool!

Great story!

My dad and I visited the Eliminator factory when they started rigging the 36' 1350 boat. I was shuffling around the shop with Jake discussing my new build, checking shit out... My dad kinda falls back and is looking at other things, really not all that interested (hates boats, loves HP).......... 5-10 minutes later we are headed back towards the showroom, and I see my dad, and he's HEAD FIRST into this box behind the 36. Comes up for air, and yells "WTF are these, they have turbos on them".................. It was the 1350s and the drives sitting next to the boat.... I about died laughing..... Jake didn't say much, I scamper by and say "don't look at those, we can't afford them"......... I later explained what they were. He's still in awe.

What most don't realize, even on the 700s, the motors and drives are HUGE!! Pics don't remotely do them justice!

Nganga (Steve I believe)- THANK YOU for taking us on this journey, its something I know I don't want to go through. Your vision, and patience are something Ill NEVER have! Excited to see the delivered boat and smiles from you!
 

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It’s not typical that boating websites get to see such great detail and step-by-step build pics from one of the most iconic boat builders today.

We read about them long after the owner has taken possession but rarely have behind the scene step-by-step commentary.

A Skater build is what dreams are made of.

Speed On The Water, thankfully, has done a couple articles on this boat but this is what boating forums should encourage.

Hats off to Nganga and I look forward to seeing this build on the tilt trailer at DS 2021. You’ve built one hell of a beautiful Skater and I can’t wait to see it in rigging and across the finish line.
I fully agree. This boat will be an incredibly reliable 130+ mph & absofrickinlutely DESTROY any water Havapuddle has for it.
 

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Thanks guys for all the supportive comments.

The patients required are just that, required. If you can’t wait for 18-24 months, a new Skater probably isn’t for you. Keep in mind Michigan was shut down for 10-12 weeks right in the middle of my build also. (Covid)

I learned patients and “enjoying the ride” in my international hunting and fishing travels. I learned to enjoy the marathon travel that sometimes takes 4-5 days to get to Safari camp. It’s a mandatory part of the journey, learn to enjoy it and the people you meet along the way.

Meeting and working closely with: Peter Hledin, Tony Cutsuries, Steve and Jake Schulte (the painters) Craig from Appearance Products (interior) have made my life better and I’ve learned things I never could even fathom from them. They’re all open books, you just need to be willing to read.

If I could go back, I’d change nothing.

Steve
 
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Thanks guys for all the supportive comments.

The patients required are just that, required. If you can’t wait for 18-24 months, a new Skater probably isn’t for you. Keep in mind Michigan was shut down for 10-12 weeks right in the middle of my build also. (Covid)

I learned patients and “enjoying the ride” in my international hunting and fishing travels. I learned to enjoy the marathon travel that sometimes takes 4-5 days to get to Safari camp. It’s a mandatory part of the journey, learn to enjoy it and the people you meet along the way.

Meeting and working closely with: Peter Hledin, Tony Cutsuries, Steve and Jake Schulte (the painters) Craig from Appearance Products (interior) have made my life better and I’ve learned things I never could even fathom from them. They’re all open books, you just need to be willing to read.

If I could go back, I’d change nothing.

Steve
Someday I would LOVE to build a new Skater. This has been an incredible journey watching your new boat be "born"
 

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Thanks guys for all the supportive comments.

The patients required are just that, required. If you can’t wait for 18-24 months, a new Skater probably isn’t for you. Keep in mind Michigan was shut down for 10-12 weeks right in the middle of my build also. (Covid)

I learned patients and “enjoying the ride” in my international hunting and fishing travels. I learned to enjoy the marathon travel that sometimes takes 4-5 days to get to Safari camp. It’s a mandatory part of the journey, learn to enjoy it and the people you meet along the way.

Meeting and working closely with: Peter Hledin, Tony Cutsuries, Steve and Jake Schulte (the painters) Craig from Appearance Products (interior) have made my life better and I’ve learned things I never could even fathom from them. They’re all open books, you just need to be willing to read.

If I could go back, I’d change nothing.

Steve
This is perfectly said and this year for manufacturing has been a very big challenge. everything, and I mean everything is hard to get and or on back order.
Like I tell my clients and customers... Good things take time and you will get what you pay for.

We are running behind as well and trying to pick up every day we can.

Your boat will be great and have no or less issues if you give them the time they need.

-Tony
 

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This is perfectly said and this year for manufacturing has been a very big challenge. everything, and I mean everything is hard to get and or on back order.
Like I tell my clients and customers... Good things take time and you will get what you pay for.

We are running behind as well and trying to pick up every day we can.

Your boat will be great and have no or less issues if you give them the time they need.

-Tony
"I want it right, not right now"

Steve
 

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This is probably one of the best build threads RDP has ever had. I've enjoyed every step of the process we got to share in. I hope I get to see it in Havasu someday.
Thanks very much for that. I have several iphone videos the interior guy has sent me. I'd put them up but don't know how to upload stuff. He Facetime called me today to show me the crazy LED shit he's doing on the side panels.
 

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@rivrrts429

Thanks for supporting your technically challenged friends.

That step down in the center is getting some milled Aluminum steps installed on them. I was assured they coat them in a manner that they won't burn your feet.
 

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I’ve never done DS but I think I will go just to see this thing. I’m sure my boys would love to see why dad works so many hours 😂😂
And it would be my pleasure to meet you and your boys.
 

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I’ve never done DS but I think I will go just to see this thing. I’m sure my boys would love to see why dad works so many hours 😂😂
your boys would love the street party and all the boats
 

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So is this a 388 or 368? Thread title says 368, backseat says 388.


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