This article features the young boater, Alex Pratt. Pratt has participated in a variety of activities, including motorcycle racing, boat racing, and working in the sales industry. Pratt is a huge fan of MTI and loves his MTI boat. MTI is the leader in the manufacturing of High-Performance Racing and Pleasure Catamaran style boats, Center Console Vee-Bottoms, and Twin Outboard Catamarans. To read the orginal article from Speed on the Water and for more images of Alex with his MTI, click here!
We chose to include the 25-year-old Alex Pratt, who splits time between his hometown of Clearwater, Fla., and his other residence in Saint Joseph, Mich., where he heads up sales for Pratt Industries, a large custom trailer company, in nearby Bridgman, based on the boats we’d seen him running around in 2019, and because of his enthusiasm for the performance boating lifestyle.
In February, after attending the Miami International Boat Show, the retired motorcycle racer, who competed in Unlimited Supersport road events, picked up a 48-foot catamaran powered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines from longtime MTI customer Johnny O’Loughlin—his first catamaran.
The boat was on display and available for demo rides at the Mercury Racing docks during the show and Pratt fell in love with it. He proceeded to use it in March for the MTI Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys and then in early May at the Performance Boat Center Spring Fun Run on Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. He left the 48-footer, which he described as “the coolest thing ever,” at Performance Boat Center, and has returned several times to run it.
“After having the MTI, I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to a V-bottom again; well, besides a center console—I’m looking to get a new one here pretty soon,” Pratt said.
“I’m sure it helps that MTI knows how to rig a boat. It’s kind of mind-blowing actually when you think about how hard you can run a boat for such a long length of time and not have anything fail.”
“This is a fun industry and I’ve met some incredible friends because of it,” he continued. “Randy Scism and the whole MTI family have treated me so well. I grew up around the Chicago crowd and the South Florida crowd—they’re way rough compared to the Midwestern hospitality that the people at MTI, Performance Boat Center, and more treat you with. It’s pretty refreshing.”