Thanks to ace paint man Stephen Miles and the talented crew at Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., Brian Mihelis of Massachusetts has what could be the only all-white Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats V-bottom in the form of a 39 GTX. In early 2017, Miles and company began stripping the 2005 model-year sportboat from its original red and blue colors to the one hue defined "as the absence of color."
From there, the 39-footer went to the Outerlimits team this spring for the installation of a brand-new, mostly lack-of-color-matched interior. Outerlimits completed the project this summer and delivered the boat to Mihelis, who was more than ready to get his boating season started.
“It’s nice to finally be able to say it’s done,” said Mihelis, who plans to run the boat as much as possible for the rest of the season with his wife, Taylor, and their two children. “I wanted it to be neutral—all white with black accents,” he added. “It wanted it to be like a blank canvas. It came out awesome.”
According to Outerlimits’ Dan Kleitz, the interior renovation happened between new boat builds. Though the project was mostly cosmetic, it also proved to be extensive.
“We ripped out all the old gauges, the wiring and the dashes,” he said. “We put in new carbon fiber dashes, new Garmin touchscreen GPS units, and the latest Mercury VesselView monitors. The dash had yellow toggle switches and the throttles had yellow handles. We replaced them with black switches and black handles.
“We built and installed a brand-new white vinyl interior with black Alcantara
accents, and also put in a new cockpit carpet,” he added. “We even did some work on the stereo.”
Originally built with 710-hp Ilmor Marine engines, the GTX 39 was repowered with Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines and No. 6 drives by Jim Wiley, the owner prior to Mihelis. According to Mihelis, who had Outerlimits inspect the drives while the boat was at the facility during the winter, the engines have 100 operating hours.
While Kleitz and company obviously exist on new builds, he said he’d like Outerlimits to tackle more renovation/restoration projects for its customers. “We’re definitely open to it,” he said. “We’ve done several projects similar to this one for our clients. We want to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for Outerlimits customers.”