Building on what started 30 years ago with Florida Sportsman’s first installment of One Man’s Dreamboat – a popular series of articles in the magazine featuring readers and their custom boat projects – Florida Sportsman has teamed up with Marine Customs Unlimited in Stuart, FL, to bring the pages of the magazine to life. Project Dreamboat debuted in April 2016 and now all episodes of season one can be watched online at floridasportsman.com/fspd.
In Episode 9, Florida Sportsman boating editor Dave East heads out with Brian O’Donnell, owner of Marine Customs Unlimited, to discuss one of his most custom builds, a completely transformed classic Bertram. The episode also features a custom paint job on a 32 Seacraft and an emergency fix on a custom Sportfish.
As you watch, you may recognize the narrator’s voice. Pasadena, MD, resident John Klug, once a DJ for Baltimore’s 100.7 The Bay radio station, is the narrator of Project Dreamboat. Below is a an article on Klug and Project Dreamboat that first ran in the April 2016 issue of PropTalk.
When John Klug first auditioned to be the voice of the Florida Sportsman’s television show “Project Dreamboat,” he didn’t want to betray his excitement. “I’m a big fisherman and love being on the water,” says the Pasadena, MD, resident, “but it was an open audition and they didn’t know how badly I wanted the gig.”
Klug is a voice over artist who is most well-known for his work on Baltimore’s 100.7 The Bay radio station, where he is the host of the “More Music Morning Show.” But the Project Dreamboat gig was too good to pass up (don’t worry, though; your favorite on-air personality isn’t leaving his day job). “They had no idea of my background, but were really fired up when they found out I had a connection to the water.”
Project Dreamboat is being billed as “a reality show meets ‘How It’s Made.’” Based on a popular series of articles in the Florida Sportsman chronicling readers and their custom boat projects, Project Dreamboat is a 13-part television series profiling multiple owners and their boat projects. Two to three projects will be followed per episode, bouncing back and forth throughout the build process. “It’s definitely something I would watch,” says Klug.
“The show focuses on the idea of one man’s dreamboat, taking his idea of the perfect boat and bringing it to life,” says the show’s creator and Florida Sportsman Magazine publisher Blair Wickstrom. “We’re also looking at the guys who have already completed their dreamboats, to give proof that it can be done, and give a ton of ideas to others who are still in the planning process.”