Just a couple of days after running Mercury Racing’s MTI 340X test platform for its new V-8 300R engines on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks in near freezing conditions, MTI owner Randy Scism was basking in the sunshine near Stiltsville—the intriguing assortment of historic hand-built wood stilt houses on Biscayne Bay en route to the Atlantic Ocean—in a larger MTI catamaran and surrounded by a dozen MTI customers and their 34- to 52-foot catamarans.

“We’re just out here goofing off today,” Scism said on Saturday afternoon. “A bunch of customers wanted a break from the winter weather so they came to South Florida and we put together an impromptu fun run for today and tomorrow. We had 12 boats with us today and I think there will be 15 on Sunday, including some center consoles. All of these guys have their boats stored in our location at Haulover Marine Center so it’s pretty easy now to put something like this together.”

Following a trip to Sundowners in Key Largo for lunch on Saturday, Scism said it’s particularly nice for customers from the Midwest and the Northeast to be able to get out of the cold weather, head to the Sunshine State and get to use their boats with the assistance of MTI’s “white-glove” service approach.

“Thanks to the MTI sales and service center at Haulover, we’ll probably be doing more runs like this with our customers,” Scism said. “It’s just too convenient not to.”

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