• The New Platinum 388 Skater: What it is and is Not

    As much as one might be inclined to whine about the cold and snow of being on location with PBN, we can’t whine about it. We know this is what really gives PBN the edge in covering things for you. Being deeply involved requires more than sitting behind a computer it requires being on location and we know you have seen the beautiful pictures of boats and bikini's and we often say if you've got to have a job it should be this one! Well with the sun and fun comes braving one of the most brutal winters in years. But the Gods again shined down on us and we were fortunate enough to hit a high 30's degree day and sneak into lovely Michigan without getting trapped in another blizzard, so, yes well were feeling damn lucky these days.

    The trip is just another piece of the continued coverage of the evolution of the new Platinum SKATER’s that are progressing rapidly. Additional development decisions are constant in the quest for “The Ultimate Driving Machine" (to steal from auto). If you've followed this story at all you know that Bill Pyburn and Chris Bradley are in the middle of building an entirely new designed 388 Skater Platinum Series which will go well beyond what the current boat that Bill has piloted around the country and achieved world record speeds with.

    If you’re in the game you already know SKATER’s are recognized for their extreme performance but what each SKATER really is is a one off, hand built, work of art. Unlike production boats that have a standard hull and deck that are laminated together SKATER actually use a hull or bottom mold and each deck or top is hand crafted to a specific design.

    Many questions have risen from this project and our story, so here are some examples of some of the questions we have been thrown; (A) why would someone takes what would seem to be the perfect boat and build another? (B) Is this just another SKATER with a new paint job? (C) Is this just another boat salesman’s dreamed up idea making up names to create new hype to sell new boats?

    What we can do is draw a line in the sand about what the new Platinum Skaters are and what they are not. What they ARE NOT are posers, fluffed standard offerings or name gimmicks. Bill is the man fueling SKATER’s enthusiasm and everyone else’s interest about these new 388 SKATERS’s, known as the Platinum series. Now don't get me wrong, Bill may be fueling the passion but it’s still 100% the man Peter Hledin who is crafting the boat and making sure all the details are covered. Bill has probably spent more hours behind the wheel of the 388 than any other human. That experience has brought invaluable data that is being shared to develop these new Platinum 388's and if you have never seen the current pure platinum boat via one of the say 50 YouTube videos then you should take a look as this boat and its astonishing performance characteristics.

    The Platinum series boats are the real deal and let me just share a handful of the changes that are shaping these new boats. Starting with the boats proven running surface the decks have been cut down to aid in aerodynamics, they have had hundreds of pounds shaved through the use of one of Skaters special laminate schedule construction lay ups. They feature newly designed tunnel extensions and transoms design. Even the leading edge of the windshield has been laid back and other subtle changes that are designed to provide better performance have been integrated.



    These features aren't just communicated via some renderings or Skype communications; this is a hands on collaboration between Bill and Pete that bring real performance value not just some aesthetics. Bill and Pete talk about details in a way that creates a unique language about the cause and effect of each tiny change like they are two crew chiefs in a quest to win Indy or Daytona and its really astonishing to witness.

    By blending the design changes with the performance characteristics they are bringing a true masterpiece to the water. Pete details and confirms center of gravity measurements and Bill speaks to the effects of how the bustle will allow airflow to bring the boats top performance. Transom angles, engine placement, exhaust exit design, engine room bulk head placement, engine hatch operation, windshield height, seat positioning and the way down to the stowage of anchors is discussed, not a single aspect of the boat doesn't go evaluated.

    Pete's ongoing passion is incredibly inspiring, he always wants to make the next one better and we can't help but give credit where credit is due. The Douglas Marine crew is truly a whole team of craftsmen. But don't take my word for it, we are going to show you numerous things that we are presently sworn to secrecy about but in the very near future you will all know. . One thing for sure is these new 388 Platinum Skaters of Bill Pyburn and Chris Bradley are going to set the bar again in the history of SKATER’s legacy and its perpetual forward motion.

    CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL THE PHOTOS!


    Comments 1 Comment
    1. RUNNINHOTRACING163.1's Avatar
      Great write up and niiiiiiiiiiiiiice Job Bill & Peter ,gunna be AWESOME & take care of that finger :-) we'll need to get Pete a Segway for cruising the shop




      ITS A SKATER NATION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Recent Articles

    PBN-Brad

    FPC READY FOR A GREAT AND DRY EMERALD COAST POKER RUN

    THE EMERALD COAST POKER RUN IS ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY! The 22nd Annual Emerald Coast Poker Run is shaping up to be a great event. Stu Jones from the Florida Powerboat Club reports early registration is up and the Emerald Grande is sold out. The better news is many rooms are still available at alternate locations and they have a new property onboard with great rooms rates and docks on property.

    Many heavy hitters are already registered and the fleet of boats looks to be very impressive.
    ... read more
    PBN-Brad 2 Days Ago
    PBN-Brad

    "RAISING THE STEAKS" 48 MTI BUILD

    "Raising the Steaks" is one very serious new build from Marine Technologies.



    One of the benefits of belonging to the very best powerboating forum is to be able to live a little vicariously through the real lives of the other members. Such is the case for all of us being able to capture glimpses of PBN member SummerO who has been patiently awaiting the delivery of his brand new 2015 48 MTI with Mercury Racing 1350 QC4v Turbo Motors.

    Set up with
    ... read more
    PBN-Brad 3 Days Ago
    PBN-Brad

    VIDEO: A Little Rain Can't Stop The Pirates of Lanier

    Pirates of Lanier was a blast. A little weather couldn't keep us down and Powerboat Nation was thrilled to be able to again participate and support this incredible event. In the end over 300 registered boats, $430,000.00 raised for the supported charities and a great gathering of like minded powerboaters from around the country.

    We could not be more pleased than to be included in this great event and are already looking
    ... read more
    PBN-Brad 5 Days Ago
    PBN-Brad

    A BIG HAULER MAKEOVER

    When you own a performance powerboat a proper hauler is a usual additional requirement. The extent owners go to make their boat haulers unique and custom varies greatly and some pull out all the stops to make them unique.



    For Michael and Nikki Pierce who own a one of kind 45 Cigarette Maximus they did in fact pull out all the stops to make their Freightliner Hauler something special.

    The first step of this great transformation was the interior which has an incredible JL Audio
    ... read more
    PBN-Brad 5 Days Ago
  • Sign Up for Our Newsletter!

    Get Powerboating News in Your Inbox!

  • Recent Article Comments Widget

    LAriverratt

    A BIG HAULER MAKEOVER

    Denny at Geaux Signs does some great stuff...wrapped my skater!!! Go to last post

    LAriverratt 2 Days Ago
    Sydwayz

    A BIG HAULER MAKEOVER

    That's a GREAT looking truck! It really turned out well, and the unique look and features of the... Go to last post

    Sydwayz 4 Days Ago
    Sean Stinson

    A BIG HAULER MAKEOVER

    Beautiful set-up....congrats....PBN representation is outstanding as well!!!!! Go to last post

    Sean Stinson 4 Days Ago
    Helt

    A BIG HAULER MAKEOVER

    What a transformation... PBN recognition on the rear is stand-up.. Class all the way... Go to last post

    Helt 5 Days Ago