MTI At 25—Team Vengeful Takes Key West

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Flashback to 2018…. going by the “new” name, Team Vengeful, flew out of the gate at the Key West Poker Run to show off the forces. Referring to Johnny O’Loughlin’s two color-matched MTI catamarans, viewers of the event were intrigued by the dynamic duo and the work that goes into having them both at one event. Continue reading to learn the full story behind the intriguing duo!

Offshore powerboat racing fans can stop wracking their brains—as in “Who the heck is Team Vengeful and when did it compete in Key West?”—about the headline above. That’s just the name the team gave Johnny O’Loughlin’s color-matched 48- and 34-foot MTI catamarans when they arrived as part of the 2018 Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run fleet.

Twin Mercury Racing 1550/1350 sterndrive engines powered the 48-footer called Vengeful. A pair of Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines, of the in-line six-cylinder kind of course, powered the 34-footer, naturally dubbed Lil Vengeful.

Longtime friends from the Empire State, O’Loughlin and Jimmy McIntyre, now the throttleman for the Super Cat-class LiquorSplit team, ran from Miami to Key West on Wednesday in the larger cat before the primary departure-wave the following morning. To make it back for the Thursday run in the 34-footer from the Wentzville, Mo., company, they left the 48-footer in Key West and flew back to Miami Wednesday evening.

And that is how two people get two boats to Key West in two days.

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