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ack on Page 26 of SoCalJetboats, of which he’s been a memthis issue, in our ber since the group’s inception. Previously the owner of a 1982 Eliminator Swimsuit Section, we gave you a sneak Bubbledeck, Dewey acquired the Daytona

peek at a 1978 19’ Eliminator Daytona jetboat. Now take a closer look at the entire hull, owned by tattoo artist Mike Dewey, who plies his craft at Empire Tattoo (Upland, CA). When he’s not inking freehand, Dewey enjoys outings with 64

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in 2015 after spending 10 years bugging his friend Danny for it. Ultimately, Danny gave Dewey a great deal on the boat, which is equipped with a 700-hp big-block Chevy coupled to a Berkeley jet drive assembled by Greg Shoemaker of GS Marine. The

454 hydraulic roller motor was bored 60 over and stroked a quarter inch to achieve 496 c.i.; dual 750 Holley carburetors and Bassett headers are among the features of the Daytona’s package. When Dewey bought the boat, the previous owner had already emblazoned the deck with the name Wet & Reckless; being an artist himself, it’s safe to say that neither the name nor the lettering would be

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Speedboat June 2016  
Speedboat June 2016