Past Restorations

Eliminator Goes ‘Above and Beyond’ with Revamped 25 Daytona Interior

Last fall dedicated performance boater and drag racer Brendan Alvarez—the owner of PSI Racing in Sarasota, Fla.—repurchased the Eliminator Boats 25 Daytona catamaran he bought new in 2008 and sold in 2014. Then, after making sure the boat, which is powered by an in-line six-cylinder turbocharged PSI Racing engine, still ran well, Alvarez turned it over to the Eliminator crew in Mira Loma, Calif., to freshen up the interior.

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The PSI Racing fleet of dragsters includes two Toyota cars and an Eliminator Boats catamaran. All photos courtesy Brendan Alvarez

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Restoration of Brad Smith-Owned Sportboat Nears Completion

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This 1987 Liberator pickle-fork hull sportboat once owned by engine builder Brad Smith should be back on the water this season.

Jeremy Strup and Ryan Branch of Joplin, Mo., planned to have the restoration of a 20-foot Liberator pickle-fork sportboat built in 1987 and owned by the late Brad Smith of Smith Power fame finished almost a year ago. But as with most renovation projects involving vintage boats—in this case one that’s 30 years old—there was a lot more work to do than they anticipated. But according to Branch, the project celebrating the popular engine builder, who died during a poker run accident in 2013, should be complete in two or three months.

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Repower Sanity

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Because sometimes less is a whole lot more. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

In the market for a high-performance catamaran for almost 15 years, Greg Harris bought a well-known 32-foot Skater from even better-known performance-boat enthusiast Ron Szloack last August. Earlier that month, Harris and Yvonne Aleman, his longtime girlfriend, had piloted the 32-footer, which is powered by twin 1,150-hp supercharged engines from JC Performance, in Szloack’s annual Skaterfest event and fallen in love with it.

Harris and Aleman took delivery of the cat, which they dubbed Mad Props, during the 2016 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri. From there it went to Brand X Hi-Performance Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., where it is stored and maintained not far from their home in the Fort Lauderdale area.

From the start, Harris knew he’d purchased an elite high-speed ride, one that had topped 170 mph and earned the “World’s Fastest 32 Pleasure Skater” nickname among the Skater cognoscenti. Also from the start, he knew he wanted to repower the unique carbon-fiber model, which is 12 inches wider than a “standard” Skater 32, with Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines as soon as his budget allowed.

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Picture Perfect Profile

When both of the talented people behind some of the coolest transformation projects I’ve seen over the last several years tell me how proud they are of a project they tackled last summer, it speaks volumes. So, after months of sitting on the story for no particular reason, I finally picked up the phone this week to touch base with Tony Phillips, the Oklahoma performance boater who turned to Justin Wagner of Waves and Wheels and Andy Imhof of Maryland Offshore Marine Center to transform his Profile Powerboats 30-foot V-bottom into a real head-turner.

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Justin Wagner and Andy Imhof stand in front of the 30-foot Profile V-bottom that their respective teams at Waves and Wheels and Maryland Offshore Marine Center completed last summer. Photo courtesy Justin Wagner

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Waves and Wheels Tackles Nor-Tech 340 Sport Rear-Facing Seat Conversion

When Illinois performance boater John Tillery started thinking about ways to improve upon his 2013 Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats 340 Sport center console, he turned to Justin Wagner and the team at Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach, Mo., to tackle the project. The high-end entertainment and interior installation shop handled the stereo system on Tillery’s 34-foot center console a few years back so Tillery, who splits time between his home in Illinois and his home at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, had experienced the attention to detail that Wagner and company provide.

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Waves and Wheels fabricated this reclining lounger on a 34-foot Nor-Tech center console (click image to enlarge).

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