Prototype MTI V-Bottom On the Water
Current testing is with triple 300-hp Mercury Verados; quad testing to come.
Sea trials of the first V-bottom from renowned custom go-fast catamaran builder Marine Technology, Inc., began in mid-June and are still ongoing. That’s the word out of the Wentzville, Mo., boat company. With a far-from-finished, cobbled-together deck, center console, and interior, the first 42-foot hull taken from the mold has been pulling validation-testing duty on Lake of the Ozarks.
“The testing has been going great,” said Randy Scism, the owner and founder of MTI and multi-time offshore racing world champion, who declined to elaborate further on boat’s performance but added that he expected buyers to be “very pleased” with it.
The prototype stepped-hull 32-footer currently is being tested with triple 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines. Scism said he also plans to test the boat with quad 300-hp Verados.
“We have several clients who have ordered one and are anxiously awaiting the results of our testing,” said Scism. “”I can’t tell you how excited we are to be working on this project. It’s a totally new design for a totally new market.”
Scism said he plans to market the high-styled, futuristic new model to existing MTI clients in search of a high-performance-oriented, custom-built center console, as well as new customers with similar tastes and needs. He also said he hopes it will catch on as a yacht tender, as MTI became a Sunseeker dealer earlier this year.
“I don’t think anyone in the center-console world is building anything like this,” he continued. “I believe it’s going to be a game-changer.”
- Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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