Besides covering events and reporting on new go-fast products, one of the best parts of this job is meeting the performance boaters who make this go-fast world go round. One such individual is Jason Dooley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. I’ve had the privilege of meeting Dooley, who purchased a 1995 Cigarette Racing 38 Top Gun a couple of years ago from one of my friends and Speed On The Water magazine contributor Tank Sears.
When Sears told me about Dooley’s complete makeover of the 38-foot V-bottom, it was an obvious choice for a feature in the third edition of Speed On The Water magazine. And who better to tackle the story than the man who knew the boat inside and out before Dooley took ownership? That’s exactly what Sears did as he documented the impressive overhaul from the cosmetic changes and entertainment upgrades to the re-rigging and complete repower with a pair of 720-hp engines.