Greg Harris and Yvonne Aleman said goodbye to their catamaran. After, they test drove a Mercury Racing 450R-powered 340X demo boat and fell in love. Check out the article below for about their MTI sport catamaran journey and their new 340X.
A little more than a month ago, Greg Harris and Yvonne Aleman said farewell to Mad Props, a 32-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 700SCi engines. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based couple ran their beloved and colorful, 2009 model-year cat for a little less than four years at events around the country. They agreed that their next boat would be a new or late-model pre-owned Mercury Racing 450R outboard engine-powered catamaran.
All of the models they considered, as well as the builders behind them, had something that appealed to them—except for one thing. Time.
Which, at least in part, explains why they just purchased a 2019 MTI powered by a pair of 450Rs. The 34-footer was the Wentzville, Mo., custom boat company’s immaculately cared-for demo boat.
“There’s almost no inventory out there,” Aleman said. “We have a phenomenal relationship with all of the builders. Running the 34-foot Fountain with Billy Moore, for example, was awesome and it sold us on the Mercury 450R outboards.
“This was a timing decision,” she continued. “We have phenomenal relationships with all of the builders.”
“We are used to having a boat on the water, so delivery time was critical for us,” he said. “Randy Scism at MTI has always treated us like family, even though we didn’t own an MTI. The fact the 340X we bought was a demo model and kept by them made the decision easier.”
Scism learned via Facebook that Harris and Aleman were looking for a new outboard cat and reached out to them. As it happened, the couple was looking to escape their COVID-19 confines of Fort Lauderdale and they visited Scism at his Wentzville facility in early July. They quickly learned that a new MTI 390X or 340X catamaran was out of their timeframe.