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Rumblings From Black Thunder

The excitement and enthusiasm is quite evident, there’s no doubt about it.

I remember it clearly while sitting at the open house luncheon hosted at The Boardwalk at Waves and Wheels during the late-August Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri alongside father-and-son Don and Bob Jenkins, the founding family behind Black Thunder Offshore.

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Along with new 43-foot and 46-foot V-bottoms, Black Thunder Offshore is planning to produce a 47-foot center console in the near future. Rendering courtesy Black Thunder Offshore

I also recall it while talking to John York—Black Thunder’s director of marketing—in the cabin of his 46-foot Black Thunder tied up to the docks during the mid-September Lake Powell Challenge in Arizona.

And it was quite clear the last couple of times I’ve caught up with Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels and Bluave Marine Audio, as he’s prepping interior designs for the new-and-improved 46-foot raised-deck V-bottom coming soon from the Hanibal, Mo.-based boat builder.

Every one of them, and hundreds of others who are part of the Black Thunder faithful, are genuinely excited about what’s to come for the longstanding offshore V-bottom builder. They’re all expecting 2019 to be a big year for the brand.

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