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!
4. Hayim and Tomlinson Shatter Around Long Island Record
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.
8. Driving MTI’s Game-Changing SV42 Prototype
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.