To say Justin Wagner of Waves and Wheels has been busy lately would be an understatement. Not only has his company, which he founded in 2001, continued to crank out stereo installs and complete interior updates during an expansion that more than tripled the size of its current Osage Beach, Mo., facility, Wagner also has been pushing—and pushing hard—his new Bluave Marine Audio line of pro audio equipment engineered exclusively for the marine industry.
For now, the new Bluave marine-specific products include 7- and 9-inch coaxial speakers and 10- and 15-inch subwoofers.
After introducing the business last October at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Tampa, Fla., Wagner and company have been hard at work lining up dealers, installing the product in their customers’ boats and fine-tuning the equipment with some of the best sound engineers around. Things have been going so well that between the offices, product storage and a demo area, the original 5,400-square-foot shop is no longer being used for fabrications, rigging and upholstery installs. All of that work is now being handled in the 12,000-square-foot shop that was completed in March.
“Justin has been telling me about his new products for at least a year so when he sent me some speakers a while back, I was eager to give them a try,” said Chris Foster of Mobile Solutions in Brentwood, Calif. “We’ve done a couple of installs so far—nothing too excessive—and we’ve been pretty impressed. I love the highs on them. I also like that Bluave offers the larger speakers and subwoofers, too.”