We love hearing about the real boaters who make MTIs a legend on the water. In our newest blog post, we’re excited for you to meet Mark and Britney Godsey of Chattanooga, Tenn., who recently acquired a new canopied 52-foot MTI cat. Read below to find out why they chose this particular model, what they think about the boat so far, and what they’re planning to do with all that power.
Look out Lake Hartwell, Lake Cumberland and Lake Kentucky—there’s a massive MTI headed your way with one of the most fun-loving, down-to-earth couples in the world ready to take full advantage of the “new ride.” Mark and Britney Godsey of Chattanooga, Tenn., recently traded in Project Mayhem, their twin Mercury Racing 1100-powered 38-foot cat from Marine Technology Inc., for a canopied 52-foot MTI cat with a gorgeous paint job and completely rebuilt Mercury Racing dual-calibration 1550/1350 engines and M8 drives.
Starting next week, the Godseys are headed to three events in row—the Hartwell Lake Poker Run (June 6-8 in South Carolina), followed by the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run (June 14-15 in Kentucky) and the Kuttawa Cannonball Run (June 21-22 on Kentucky’s Barkley and Kentucky lakes).
You may recognize the Godseys’ new Project Mayhem as the former Pass Blocker—the MTI originally built for retired NFL lineman Brad Benson of New York Giants fame and then sold to well-known performance boater Ron Szolack, who had the engines and drives rebuilt, had a few things updated in the six-seat cockpit and had it partially repainted to remove the Giants logos and some other graphics from the sides of the boat.
Mark Godsey, who called Britney the ultimate decision-maker in acquiring the 52-footer, picked up the boat a couple of weeks ago from the team at Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., after working out a deal with an accommodating Szolack, who took the 38-footer off Godsey’s hands and currently has it listed for sale at Performance Boat Center.
“The next few weeks are going to be busy but fun,” Mark Godsey said. “The thing is a beast—I’ve owned some big boats, but this one is something else. I’m excited to be in a closed canopy boat. Of course being inside is a big change, but the main difference with this thing is that you need a couple of extra people with you to help, especially when you’re tying it up to a dock. I wasn’t sure what Britney would think about the canopy, but she got in it and loved it. She likes how roomy it is and the fact that is has air conditioning and heating.
“The boat has great power and it eats up the water,” he added. “I love way the way it handles; it’s a big boat but it still feels manageable. It accelerates surprisingly well. It’s pure MTI—it’s what I expected and then some.”
Original article published on offshoreonly.com.