Following Ironman

Ironman Hustler Chapter Closes, Skater 46 One Begins at Waves and Wheels

Justin Wagner spent a couple of years planning and designing his Ironman-themed boat, which ended up blossoming from an all-white 2001 Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon a couple of years ago into a movie-inspired machine with lighting, schematics and more in tribute to the Marvel comic book hero. The pride and joy of the founder of Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach, Mo., the popular catamaran made appearances at events on and off the water from Missouri to Iowa to Louisiana, and was a hit—especially among kids—wherever it showed up.

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Justin Wagner stands on his new pride and joy, a 46-foot Skater that he will convert into his next Waves and Wheels showpiece.

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Waves and Wheels 'Ironman' Hustler Returns to the Water

wnw ironman wagner drivingJustin Wagner of Waves and Wheels has done some upgrades to the Ironman-themed Hustler 377 Talon since we last saw it at the 2012 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.

Since returning from the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run in Louisiana in May, Justin Wagner of Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach, Mo., has been awaiting the return of Ironman, his Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon theme boat that we followed extensively last year on speedonthewater.com (here's the series of articles).

Yesterday I caught up with Wagner, who is expecting to test the boat this weekend as well as run it in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout the following weekend, assuming all goes as planned. Ozark Speed and Marine in Camdenton just wrapped up a rebuild on the boat's Mercury Racing 575SCi engines with Teague Custom Marine Superchiller intercooler kits and Performance Boat Center is expected to have the show-quality rigging finished this week.

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Update: A Ride in the 'Ironman' Project Boat

Because I made the trip to central Missouri for the 24th annual the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, I had to take the opportunity to catch up with Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels in Lake of the Ozarks, and check out the Ironman-themed Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon.

Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels, drives Ironman, his rebuilt Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels, drives Ironman, his rebuilt Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.Fortunately Wagner had some time on Friday to walk me through some of the boat's clever features and take my family and me for a ride in the 37-foot catamaran with twin Mercury Racing HP575SCi engines. I have to admit that it was pretty awesome to see Wagner's dream boat in person since I've been following the project through Wagner and his crew for the past six months. It also was nice to just hang out with Wagner and his family while taking in some of the spectacular sights and sounds of the SuperCat Fest held at Camden on the Lake.

Since we had our kids on board (hence the picture of my 2-year-old daughter practicing her boat-driving skills below) we weren't out to see what the boat was capable of performance wise. Wagner did inform me that he will be upgrading the engines with a Superchiller Intercooler kit from Teague Custom Marine, so I'm sure the boat will have some serious punch in the near future.

Overall, I was impressed with the level of detail and thought that went into the boat. From the motorized bow pod featuring six Focal speakers, four Kicker horns, a huge light-up Arc Reactor, .377-caliber Gatling guns and target lock lasers to the Stark Industries diagram inside the engine compartment, the creativity was off the charts. The Ironman vision lights in the fairing and the pulsar rays on the transom were an awesome touch as well.

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Project Update: Ironman Nearing Completion

Although Justin Wagner and company from Waves and Wheels aren't quite ready to show off the finished cockpit of the Ironman-themed Hustler Powerboats 377 Talon, Wagner did fill us in by saying everything is coming together smoothly despite being able to really only focus on the boat after hours at his Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., shop.

Waves and Wheels owner Justin Wagner takes final measurements before building the pop-up speaker pod in the deck."The level of equipment in this boat is way higher-end stuff than anything I've ever installed in a boat," Wagner said. "It's going to be a kick-ass setup. I can't wait to run it in the poker run and the Shootout."

So while the crew has been working on customers' boats throughout the day, they've also been logging hours late into the evening and early morning to get the one-of-a-kind catamaran prepared for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, which is just around the corner. Here's a look at many of the things Waves and Wheels has been up to lately on the boat, including building custom speaker pods, installing accessory switches and mounting five high-output Mosconi amplifiers.

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Project Update: Ironman Hits the Water

Despite a handful of things that need to be finished aesthetically speaking, the Waves and Wheels Ironman-themed project boat hit the water last weekend—and we have spy photos to prove it. Actually they’re just photos provided by Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

The Ironman-themed Hustler 377 Talon from Waves and Wheels took its maiden voyage last weekend on Lake of the Ozarks.The Ironman-themed Hustler 377 Talon from Waves and Wheels took its maiden voyage on Lake of the Ozarks.After the Performance Boat Center crew finished all of the rigging for the boat and its twin Mercury Racing HP575SCi engines, Wagner and Andy Sanders of Performance Boat Center took the 2001 Hustler 377 Talon catamaran out for test ride on Lake of the Ozarks.

“The boat ran well the first time out,” said Wagner, who is taking the boat to Iowa this weekend to boat with family on the Mississippi River. “We couldn’t run it too fast as we had an air bubble in the power steering line, but, man, the boat accelerates like crazy. We’re hoping to get some better props on it and see what it can do.”

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