Creating The New Tilt: Boat Customs Makes Over 40-Foot Skater

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At Sterling Performance we take pride in our engines and love to see a beautiful boat equipped with our high powered engines. In the article below originally posted by, Ed Tirakian a known performance boater has purchased his latest boat that is equipped with our unmatched engines. Read more below on the boat and his project ahead. 

If you know dedicated performance boater Ed Tirakian of Michigan, chances are you know his boat Tilt. Although which Tilt you know is the next question, as Tirakian has owned several go-fast catamarans over the past 30 years with the same name, a nod to his days of buying and selling pinball machines, and a similar color scheme.

Now Tilt fans will have a new boat to drool over as it cruises on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair this summer. After two seasons of not boating in the 2003 Skater Powerboats catamaran he purchased in 2016—the former Bacardi O owned by August Busch—Tirakian is eager to get the boat, which is powered by a pair of supercharged engines from Sterling Performance Engines, on the lift in his backyard and start running it.

After talking to Tirakian about his latest boat, a project that turned into more than he originally intended, enthusiastic is a good way to describe the man. Patient also is an adjective you could use, especially after the time it took for the makeover to be completed by Chris Mills and the team at Boat Customs in Caledonia, Mich.

Tirakian doesn’t hold Boat Customs entirely accountable for how long he was without his boat—he admits the project took on a life of its own as it went from a windshield conversion and paintjob to more bodywork than expected, a full interior overhaul and refreshing the 1,100-hp engines, No. 6 drives and BAM Marine transmissions.

“I love the boat and its new look—I can’t wait to for the season,” Tirakian said. “The project turned into more than we anticipated doing, but now that it’s done it was well worth it. I originally intended to do the projects in a couple stages, but once I missed one boating season (2017), I figured we might as well do the engines and drives and get everything the way we wanted it.”


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