By Matt Trulio
MTI Joining the Center Console World
Missouri custom catamaran builder Marine Technology Inc. is adding a 42-foot center console to its line.
The first time I spent any meaningful time with Randy Scism, the owner and founder of famed high-performance catamaran builder MTI, was about ten years ago during the APBA Offshore World Championships in Orange Beach, Ala. Powerboat magazine had assigned me to cover the event, as well as write a profile on Scism. What better place to interview and hang out with a former world champion powerboat racer—Scism throttled for and manager the Dubai-based Victory team in Union Internationale Motonautique Class 1 action from the late 1980s to late 1990s—then at a powerboat race? It was a great gig.
I learned a lot about Scism in the days I spent with him, and I was actually pleased with the profile I wrote—a rare thing. But what stood out most about him for me, above anything else, is that Randy Scism looks before he leaps. He considers things. He’s not impulsive.
And then when he leaps, he leaps big.
And so it is with MTI’s upcoming 42-foot long center console, which will debut in the next few months. Without question, the renderings of the boat depict an almost futuristic-looking creation with swept lines and a V-hull, making it the first V-bottom to be added to the MTI line. And at 42 feet, it is two to six feet longer than most of the 2011 and 2012 center console releases coming from other performance-boat builders.
That such an aggressively styled model comes from MTI is no surprise. This is the company, after all, the built some of the most well-known and wild “theme” catamarans in history, including the Corvette boat, Speed Racer, the Mercedes boat, the Batman boat, Terminator and Pure Evil—the latter two boats built for New England Patriots defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.
But why this model, and why now? Simple economics.
“The center-console market is the hottest market out there at the moment,” says Scism.
The MTI center console, which has an 11’6” beam, will be outfitted with a clever six-person seating arrangement behind an elongated swept-back acrylic windshield. The windshield actually will cover and provide protection for all six seats. A walkway will separate those seats from the flip-down bench in the aft section of the cockpit. In addition to a transom walk-through, the 42-footer will have starboard-side entryway.
The console itself will house a small cabin with big features including air conditioning and a head locker. Ahead of the console will be twin contoured, forward-facing lounges.
Power options for the twin-step, composite-built post-cured model will include quad 350-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines, twin Mercury Racing 525EFI stern drive engines and even twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines.
“For our existing clients who are accustomed to MTI performance, our center console has to meet high expectations,” says Scism. “We expect it to perform better than anything out there.”
For more information, visit MTI.
- 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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