A little more than two months ago, I checked in with the principals of Black Thunder Offshore about the rebirth—if you will—of the longstanding offshore V-bottom builder based in Hanibal, Mo. The attitude was certainly optimistic (read the story), but now that the team at Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach, Mo., has gotten a hold of the company’s new-and-improved 46-foot raised-deck V-bottom, the enthusiasm is growing.
The new raised-deck 46-footer from Black Thunder Offshore is getting closer to hitting the water. Photo courtesy Black Thunder Offshore
Just today, in fact, Black Thunder founder Don Jenkins was at The Boardwalk at Waves and Wheels, and he was blown away by the work that’s been done so far. Justin Wagner and the team at Waves and Wheels received the boat a few weeks ago and have been hard at work on the interior designs and execution ever since.
“I had to pat Justin on the back,” Jenkins said. “He and his team have done an excellent job so far. I believe they’re helping us take the next step forward for Black Thunder boats. Justin really has been an asset. Everything looked good to me today—I’m excited where they’re headed with it.”