Coming in at #4 and #8 in the Top 12 Stories of 2012, as published by Offshore Only (read the full article here,) MTI was one of the dominating topics of boating news in 2012!
What happened: In nearly perfect early-August conditions, retired offshore racer Hayim teamed up with current offshore racer Tomlinson in a 42-foot MTI catamaran with twin Mercury 1,350-hp engines to shatter the existing 270-mile round-trip record time by almost an hour.
- Why it matters: In a year that saw dwindling offshore racing fleets, the loss of the sport’s best-known raceboat and diminishing fan interest, Hayim and Tomlinson sparked interest in the foundation of the sport—running hard offshore. They also reportedly raised $65,000 for cancer research.
What happened: In a bit of a surprise, owner Randy Scism and the gang from Marine Technology Inc. showcased a prototype version of the MTI-V 42, the company’s highly anticipated center console, at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri at the end of August. Dubbed the Performance Validation: V-001 vessel, Scism provided demo rides for a few days surrounding the top-speed event.
Why it matters: This new 42-foot model—the first V-bottom from MTI—is going to be a game-changer. With a patented hull design and MTI’s brilliant fit and finish, there’s no doubt the boat will bring a new level of performance to the center console market. Surely it will be one of the highlights of the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.
Source: www.offshoreonly.com; Matt Trulio; January 2, 2012.