Flavia Torrente has been around boating for a while now she has no doubts about her favorite MTI boat. “Momma” Torrente has supported her husband, Shaun Torrente, throughout his racing career and has been around a lot of boats, but it was the first ride on the MTI 390X that she knew it was her favorite boat out there! Continue reading below to see why this boat has been “Momma’s Boat”.
Even though you’re likely to see Shaun Torrente driving a gorgeous new MTI 390X catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R engines in the Florida Keys this week, the two-time defending F1 H2O world champion driver and owner of STR Components in Southwest Florida wants to make it clear that the new 39-foot cat featuring his STR X-Act HD adjustable brackets is his wife Flavia’s boat.
“This is Momma’s boat—no doubt about it,” Torrente said in an interview on Monday after he splashed the gray, white, black, and green MTI for the first time. “Flavia has always enjoyed boating and been extremely supportive of my racing career, my business objectives, and the fun part of this lifestyle, but this is the first boat she’s really wanted. I can tell you the exact day it happened, too. It was February 2, 2020.
Torrente said he could tell while he was driving that Flavia was having a good time cruising around in the MTI and that the boat would be ideal for them and their daughter, who they lovingly refer to as “Teenie.” The Torrentes will have the 390X, which is named 39′ Deep, in the Florida Keys this week, and they also are going to have a booth set up in the Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run exhibit space at Gilbert’s Resort to promote the STR line of products and the GSR High-Performance Catamaran Driving School that Torrente recently acquired.
Flavia’s catamaran, which features MTI’s latest eight-seat cockpit design with custom-painted seatbacks for the front four seats, is loaded with accessories ranging from dash blower vents and two large Garmin display screens and a Mercury Racing VesselView in the dash to a JL Audio stereo system and LED lighting under the dash and in the four cupholders. It also has custom-painted engine cowlings, matching SeaDek flooring, and service lights in all of the storage compartments.