One of our favorite lifestyle boats the MTI 42 got a new look over the weekend by Chad Shutter and we absolutely love the results. The boat owned by Bill Sestak was given to Shutter for a complete makeover including a rebuilt dash, GPS unit, speakers and LED lights in the cockpit, and a refreshed engine. Continue reading below for all the details on the awesome MTI 42 makeover!!
When Bill Sestak of Bridgeport, N.Y., describes Chad Shutter of Boat Repairs Plus and BRP Marine Custom, he speaks from significant experience. For the winter of 2020 and much of the summer, Shutter had Sestak’s 2009-built MTI 42 Race/Pleasure catamaran at his fiberglass, interior and graphics shop in Denver, N.C., for a total makeover.
Bill Sestak ran his totally renovated 42-foot MTI cat for the first time in August on Oneida Lake in New York.
“Chad is a perfectionist,” said Sestak, who took delivery of his renovated 42-footer powered by refreshed Mercury Racing 1075SCi engines in August. “I couldn’t be happier with the work he did.”
The work required to bring the cat into the modern era was extensive. Originally called Cat Tagious—a name boldly expressed in large script across its deck and engine hatches—the boat had a dated interior and a dash in dire need of modern instrumentation. Sestak gave Shutter the greenlight for extensive changes.
“We completely rebuilt the dash and added a new Garmin GPS unit, Mercury Vessel View monitors and new push-button accessory switches,” Shutter said. “We added smaller Garmin GPS screens in the backs of the new and taller headrests for the driver and co-pilot bucket seats, and we rebuilt and reupholstered all of the seats in Alcantara. Bill allowed me to go the whole way, upgrade the entire stereo system, and hide all the speakers at the dash.
“The flip-up speakers in the deck faced forward instead of aft and into the cockpit,” he added. “So we built new speaker boxes and turned them around. I have to give a lot of credit to Eric Anderson, my rigging and wiring guru out of Florida who is now here full time. He’s very talented and picky about his wiring.”