Feb 6, 2015

Revitalized 38′ Cigarette Gunning for Miami Boat Show Poker Run

Last month the talented crew at Waves and Wheels in Missouri wrapped up a serious upgrade to a 2002 Cigarette Racing Team 38 Top Gun, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 500EFI engines. Now the 38-foot V-bottom is at Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., having the paint touched up before its owner—Nebraska’s Casey Hackenkamp—brings the “new” ride to South Florida for the Miami Boat Show Poker Run organized by the Florida Powerboat Club.

Between the interior, LED lighting and entertainment system, Waves and Wheels went wild on the Cigarette Racing 38 Top Gun.

Hackenkamp took the boat to Waves and Wheels in October and let the gang go above and beyond with the lighting, entertainment system and more. According to Waves and Wheels founder Justin Wagner, the list of modifications that his team tackled in the 38-footer was extensive. And judging from the slideshow and YouTube video below, he isn’t kidding.

Starting at the rear, Waves and Wheels removed the siderails, which Wagner said “dated the boat pretty bad,” and reupholstered the sunpad to match the new cockpit interior. Along with replacing the carpet throughout the boat, Waves and Wheels drew inspiration from modern Cigarette models when modifying the front bolster seats and sculpting and re-foaming the three-person rear bench, all of which were covered by a rich burgundy and dark blue upholstery.

The same upholstery was used to cover the custom two-tone side panels that included a half-dozen 6.5-inch Focal speakers in Waves and Wheels casings that lit up and changed colors just like the LED lighting along the cockpit floor and the four speakers installed in the transom above the swim platform.

“Casey was super cool with everything we wanted to do,” Wagner said. “He likes extremes more than the norm so we went with a monster sound system that is well balanced and designed so he can play it all day long. We built a custom rack just for the amps inside the cabin, beefed up the battery bank and installed four 15-inch subwoofers, two 10-inch subs and 22 speakers, including three in each of the motorized gull-wing-style pods built into the deck.”

Also in the cabin, Waves and Wheels installed a new headliner center strip with lights, reupholstered the side panels, mounted a 20-inch LCD TV on the bulkhead ahead of the port-side passenger seat, set up a PlayStation4 game console and added a 40-inch LCD TV ahead of the V-berth. The company built a custom cover for the 40-inch TV using the Cigarette logo that was there originally.

Wagner said one of the most difficult tasks was installing an air conditioning system in the cabin. “Something that most people won’t even really see or notice took the most work,” he laughed.

Another major part of the overhaul was the dash modification in the cockpit. Along with repainting the panels on each side—Andy Imhof of Maryland Offshore Marine Center handled the custom work—Waves and Wheels installed a custom GPS panel with a new Garmin system ahead of the passenger, a flush-mounted iPad panel above the sliding cabin door and a new steering wheel at the helm. Also at the helm, the crew was able to replace the boat’s original GPS system with a new larger Garmin display to the left of the Gaffrig GPS speedometer.

Last but not least, underwater lighting was installed to complement the boat’s radical interior, which is guaranteed to attract plenty of attention at the docks. Even when surrounded by a bunch of newer boats at next month’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run.

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