The Belisle family is elated with their new MTI 390X. Longtime MTI owners, Eric and Keri Belisle, decided to join the outboard-powered MTI cat club and are having a blast with their new boat. Continue reading below to learn what they like about the MTI 390x and their experience with the build process!
Florida performance boater Eric Belisle, a longtime member and former president of the extremely charitable Fort Myers Offshore organization, isn’t new to the outboard catamaran segment of boating nor is he new to the extended MTI family of boaters. But thanks to his new MTI 390X catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R engines, Belisle and his lovely wife, Keri, are new to the outboard-powered MTI cat club—and thrilled with their current state of affairs.
The Belisles took delivery of their new 39-footer a couple of weeks ago and ran the white, black and blue beauty in last weekend’s FMO Naples Hyatt House Lunch Run. They had a blast, of course, and can’t wait to spend more time in the catamaran featuring the optional eight-seat cockpit layout MTI introduced in the boat last summer.
“I’m super happy with the boat; Keri loves it, too,” said Eric Belisle, who previously owned a 40-foot MTI with twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines and, most recently, a 48-foot MTI with a pair of Mercury Racing 1100 engines. “I got to ride in the demo 390X not long after MTI unveiled it at the end of 2019 and I was blown away. It handles choppy water like a big boat, it has impressive performance thanks to the 450R engines and it requires significantly less maintenance with the outboard engines.”
“Working with MTI owner Randy Scism and everyone on his team with the build was an awesome experience,” said Belisle, who added that the company’s attention to detail on the rigging, the cockpit interior and the boat’s understated paintjob was remarkable. “They did a great job keeping us in the loop and documenting the whole process, too. Having Shaun here to help with setup also has been a huge advantage.”