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Gio Gargiulo’s exotic automobile-themed MTI catamarans won’t be forgotten anytime soon. Gargiulo equipped his 52-footer with genuine marinized Lamborghini parts such as its headlights, taillights, and power mirrors. To learn more about these historical MTIs and how they came to be, continue reading.

Mostly absent from the high-performance powerboating scene these days since the death of his best boat-wrangling buddy Larry Goldman in 2017, New York’s Gino Gargiulo made a big splash with exotic automobile-themed MTI catamarans. That isn’t to say that the Wentzville, Mo., company didn’t build outrageous theme-boats for other clients during the years, but Gargiulo’s two Lamborghini-themed cats grabbed attention wherever he took them. (His first automobile-themed MTI cat was a 42-footer celebrating the Mercedes brand.)

Inspired by the Lamborghini’s LP720-4 50° ANNIVERSARIO Aventador built to commemorate the famed Italian sportscar builder’s 50th anniversary, Gargiulo’s first Lambo-themed MTI catamaran was a 48-footer showcased during the 2014 Miami International Boat Show. Of course, it was displayed alongside its four-wheel Lamborghini counterpart—also owned by Gargiulo—in the MTI exhibit.

Gargiulo called the cat Raging Bull.

Though the cat was “display ready” it wasn’t ready enough for Gargiulo to enjoy it with Goldman in the Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run the weekend after the show. Instead, the cat went back to MTI where its for-display only Mercury Racing 1350 engines were replaced with 1650s. Disappointed as he was not to be able to make the run in his new prize, Gargiulo was delighted with the finished product.

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