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.
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
That’s right, Dutka basically picked out a few options and let Wagner and his talented team tackle the project without any further involvement. Wouldn’t you love to see his reaction as he reads this and watches the video?“With respect to selecting Waves and Wheels to work on my boat, I had been following the company’s builds for several years on the OffshoreOnly forums and was impressed by its work and creativity,” said Dutka, who shipped his 2006 model, which is powered by twin MerCruiser 496 Mag HO engines, back from Hawaii—where he was stationed for several years—to Texas about a year and a half ago. “The interior in my Sunsation was getting tired after years of nearly year round use in Hawaii. Despite the fastidious cleaning after every use, the salt water, rain and humidity of living in Hawaii took a toll on the interior.
“I sent my boat back to the mainland—Austin, Texas—in 2016 to have the engines removed and serviced and the bilge re-rigged to clean up the evidence of running around the Hawaiian Islands for three years,” he continued. “I had James Speros, the owner and chief mechanic of MobileMERCman, pull the motors, inspect for saltwater impact and re-rig the engine compartment. He also pulled the drives and went through those. The motors and drive internals were in great shape, but the saltwater had a significant impact on wiring, rigging and items like hose clamps and water passageways.”