The Scisms tested the first MTI 390X at Lake of the Ozarks as it takes the steps to be a part of the 2021 season. With the boat now being considered under the Factory Stock class, tests are being run to get this boat race-ready and the Scisms are going for gold this season! Read more below to see how the test went from the Scisms and what it means for the 2021 season.
After a test session earlier today on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, the team at Marine Technology Inc., in Wentzville, Mo., is one step closer to entering its first MTI 390X in the brand-new 450R Factory Stock class, the offshore racing catamaran class that was added last fall to the rulebook of the Offshore Powerboat Association—an American Power Boat Association member-organization—for the 2021 season, and the Scisms are ready to go!
MTI founder Randy Scism and his daughter, Taylor—MTI’s client relations manager who will be driving the new canopied catamaran powered by twin stock Mercury Racing 450R engines alongside celebrated throttleman John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine in Miami—were able to get some seat time in the boat today and were plenty excited to talk about it afterward.
“I have to admit, after getting to run the boat for the first time, I’m excited to go racing,” said Taylor Scism, who plans to test the boat with Tomlinson in South Florida leading up to Thunder On Cocoa Beach, the season-opener for the second-year, six-race APBA Offshore National Championship Series backed the OPA and Powerboat P1. “I wasn’t sure how sitting in the enclosed cockpit was going to feel on the water, but it was pretty spacious and I was actually more comfortable inside once the hatch closed than I thought I would be. It was different mainly because it’s harder to tell how fast you’re going when there’s no wind or noise. That part is going to take some time to get used to.