Anyone who pays attention to what I write about on OffshoreOnly.com and Speedonthewater.com knows that I’ve done a lot of stories with Justin Wagner of Waves and Wheels throughout the years. To be sure, Wagner and I have developed a friendship during years of working together on various stories from my Powerboat magazine days to today.
Todd Crossley and Justin Wagner are all smiles standing next to Crossely’s 41-foot Apache Powerboats V-bottom that will soon look nothing like its current self. Photo courtesy Justin Wagner
But the truth is, I’ve covered so much of his work because, first and foremost, he is a great source of information and he’s good at relaying said information. Second, his work speaks for itself—just ask the customers and manufacturers that he’s done business with since starting his Osage Beach, Mo.-based company in 2001.
Despite all of the coverage, my recent phone call with Wagner was by far the most excited I’ve heard him talk about a project he has in the works—and that includes his Ironman-themed Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon project boat from 2012.
That’s because he has a 1987 41-foot Apache Powerboats—a true offshore V-bottom that many an Apache fan is familiar with, Scalp Hunter—sitting in the storage area of The Boardwalk at Waves and Wheels, the new waterfront marina he opened this summer on Lake of the Ozarks.