Past Restorations

Taking Deja Blue To Another Level

Between interviewing Greg Dutka, a Colonel in the United States Army and the owner of a Sunsation Powerboats 32 Dominator SS, and Justin Wagner, the owner of Waves and Wheels and Bluave Marine Audio in Osage Beach, Mo., there were several things that stood out to me. Obviously the full interior overhaul is remarkable and the stereo system upgrade is out of this world—the YouTube video below demonstrates that. But the thing that amazes me is that Dutka, who is currently stationed in Bagram, Afghanistan, until mid-May, is getting his first glimpse at the updated 32-foot V-bottom, which the crew at Waves and Wheels recently finished, right here on OffshoreOnly.com.

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Greg Dutka turned to Justin Wagner (pictured) and the team at Waves and Wheels to update his 2006 Sunsation 32 SS Dominator. Photo by Shawn Kober/Big Planet Media

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PSI Racing Eliminator 25 Daytona All Set For Desert Storm Showcase

At the moment, Brendan Alvarez is somewhere in the middle of Texas about halfway between his home in Sarasota, Fla., and tomorrow’s destination—Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Alvarez, of PSI Racing, is hauling his revamped 2008 Eliminator Boats 25 Daytona catamaran to the Desert Storm Poker Run and plans to have the 25-footer, which he sold in 2014 and repurchased in 2016, on display at the event’s massive Street Party on Thursday.

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Brendon Alvarez's Eliminator is going to be on display at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Photos courtesy Brendan Alvarez

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Brand X Gets Dirty Money Skater Looking Better Than Ever

There are a few reasons why Dirty Money—a 2015 Skater Powerboats 368 catamaran—is one of the more recognizable boats amongst the poker run community. First of all, the orange, black and white 36-footer, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines, is gorgeous. Second, the owners of the boat, Beau and Tiffiney Renfroe of Georgia, are two of the nicest people around. Third, the Renfroes use their Skater—as well as their Deep Impact Boats center console and Fountain Powerboats sportboat—and they’re not afraid to travel to Florida, Missouri and beyond to enjoy boating with their friends.

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Beau and Tiffiney Renfroe plan to enjoy Dirty Money, their 36-foot Skater that was recently updated by Brand X, quite a bit this summer and fall. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Skater 30 Prototype Repower And Renovation: Coming Full Circle

When Mercury Marine introduced its first supercharged six-cylinder Verado outboard engine—a 200-hp model—in 2004, rumor had it that next up was a 400-hp offering. Despite that Claus Bruestle, then manager of the Verado program, tried to dispel that rumor by saying the power output was “possible” but not "not needed at this time," good gossip is hard to squash. So when the next Verado outboard turned out to be a 300-hp version, more than a few folks were disappointed.

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Completed in the 2005, the Skater 30 Prototype is among the most beautiful catamarans the Douglas, Mich., company has ever built (click image to enlarge).

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Stephen Miles Design To Paint Cobalt

Like most folks who make a living in the high-performance powerboat world—this reporter included—Stephen Miles can’t afford the kind of new big-dollar custom V-bottoms and catamarans he dresses in exquisite paintjob at the Owensboro, Ky., graphics shop that bears his name. Still, he enjoys being on the water as much as anyone, especially now that Carter, his two-year-old grandson, is delighted to go with him.

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With a Stephen Miles paintjob, the boat painter's personal boat could end being the sexiest Cobalt on the planet (click image to enlarge). 

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