The recent MTI Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys was a great opportunity to run the 39-foot 450R Factory Stock-class raceboat and the brand new color-matched MTI-V 42 powered by Mercury Racing’s new V-10 400R engines. The offshore racer and performance boat enthusiast brought the GC Racing MTI 390XR canopied catamaran to elevate the experience which definitely caught the eyes of many. This has only gotten us more excited for what’s in store for the 2023 racing season as well as other upcoming MTI owners events. Continue reading to learn more!
The “Tiffany blue” color scheme of the jaw-dropping boats from Wentzville, Mo.-based Marine Technology Inc., in the photo below isn’t the only thing the two boats captured running together by Tom Leigh during last week’s MTI Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys have in common. The boats are built by MTI, are powered by Mercury Racing engines, were ordered and delivered through TNT Marine Sales in Miami, and are owned by South Florida performance boater Willy Cabeza.
Cabeza, who has owned an MTI 390X and has one of the company’s new 440X cats on order, took delivery of the MTI-V 42 luxury performance center console just in time for the fun run and opted to elevate the experience—for his family and the 45-boat MTI family in attendance—by bringing the GC Racing MTI 390XR canopied catamaran he started racing last summer in the new 450R Factory Stock class with throttleman Gary Ballough by his side. Talk about an amazing experience.
“This new 42 is impressive—this is our first one and it’s real nice,” Cabeza said. “We had an incredible time, as usual, at the fun run. We look forward to the event because it’s in our backyard and we’ve got a lot of friends here. Since the raceboat wasn’t back in ‘race mode’ yet (meaning the two rear seats for offseason fun were still in it), we decided to bring both boats and wear all of our race gear. We had a blast. Hawks Cay is a great place for an event and everyone at MTI makes it so easy on all of us.”