When both of the talented people behind some of the coolest transformation projects I’ve seen over the last several years tell me how proud they are of a project they tackled last summer, it speaks volumes. So, after months of sitting on the story for no particular reason, I finally picked up the phone this week to touch base with Tony Phillips, the Oklahoma performance boater who turned to Justin Wagner of Waves and Wheels and Andy Imhof of Maryland Offshore Marine Center to transform his Profile Powerboats 30-foot V-bottom into a real head-turner.
Justin Wagner and Andy Imhof stand in front of the 30-foot Profile V-bottom that their respective teams at Waves and Wheels and Maryland Offshore Marine Center completed last summer. Photo courtesy Justin Wagner
Phillips, who owned the 2004 Profile for a couple of years before deciding it was worth making it like new rather than investing in a new boat, immediately told me that both Wagner and Imhof and their teams did an outstanding job on his boat. And after using the midcabin open-bow V-bottom for the summer on his home lake, Lake Tenkiller, he said that he is “100 percent happy” with how it turned out.
“My boat was the talk of the lake last summer—in fact, the people with the dock next to mine thought I got a new boat,” said Phillips who enjoys boating with his wife, Tracie. “Even some of the guys with the bigger boats were coming over to take a look at my boat. I’m really glad I called Justin when I did. I spent about 30 minutes on the phone with him when I was looking to find someone to handle the project and I got a comfortable feeling from him that the team at Waves and Wheels takes a lot of pride in its work.