Experiencing Mercury Racing’s 1350s

During the recent Powerboat magazine boat tests in Florida, I was given the opportunity to experience firsthand the magnificence that is Mercury Racing’s new turbocharged 1350s. The occurrence was made all-the-better by the fact that they were loaded into John Woodruff’s new (as in a week old) Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) 48-foot catamaran, Windship, and…

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How to Select the Best Marine GPS System

Selecting a marine GPS system suitable for your own boat involves some research into the capabilities of the various systems available. There are a number of manufacturers, and each GPS unit may have some features that are different from others. You may find that some of the units have an electronic charting display, and some…

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How To Tie Boating Knots

Uses: The Figure Eight knot provides a quick and convenient stopper knot to prevent a line sliding out of sight, e.g., up inside the mast. Its virtue is that, even after it has been jammed tightly against a block, it doesn’t bind; it can be undone easily. This virtue is also, occasionally, a vice. The…

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Steps to Smooth Anchoring

At some point in your boating career you will probably want to anchor. You may want to stop and fish, swim, have lunch or stay overnight. A second reason to drop anchor may be to control the boat if bad weather is blowing you ashore or if your engine has quit and the wind and…

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Education (and Tuition)

Sometimes education comes unexpectedly. When special designs or capabilities come together in a unique new way, surprises can occur. This just happened: In preparation for the Miami International Boat Show, MTI was testing one of its 48 Race/Pleasure catamarans powered with Mercury Racing’s 1350s and M8 drives. Dry sump. I’ve written before about the purpose…

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MTI 48 foot Cat Sets the Pace

Despite lean economic times, Marine Technology, Inc.’s largest high-performance catamaran (MTI 48 foot) is its hottest seller. Two years ago Marine Technology, Inc. introduced its 36-foot-long catamaran. Based in Wentzville, Mo., the high-performance catamaran builder already had 39-, 42-, 44- and 55-foot long models. The thinking was that new 36 would be an entry-level boat…

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MTI At The Miami Boat Show Poker Run

MTI participated in the 16th Annual Miami Boat Show Poker Run February 24-27, 2011. The poker run allows boat manufacturers and dealers the opportunity to showcase their latest models in the water and at speed…something that the confines of the Miami Convention Center could not provide. For the last several years, the destination for the…

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QC4V QUAD CAM FOUR VALVE: Mercury Racing

POWER TO GO The first engines designed and built — from block to prop — in-house by Mercury Racing, the Quad Cam Four Valve 1350 and 1100 represent the culmination of everything we’ve learned in more than 70 years in racing. Our most powerful, durable, and efficient performers ever, these engines set new standards for…

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MTI Boat, Featured In Powerboat Magazine, On Display At The Miami Boat Show

Latest & Greatest Loaded with cutting-edge electronics, MTI’s 48-foot showstopper takes full advantage of the highly anticipated Mercury Racing 1350 QC4v engines. What a difference a year makes. Just ask Georgia native and 40-year boating veteran John Woodruff. If he had not attended the Miami International Boat Show in early 2010, there’s a very good…

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MTI looks West to market its stunning catamaran

On just about every major lake with a sizable high-performance-boating fleet, you’re sure to find an MTI or two in the mix. The rare exception is in California and Arizona where the catamarans can be harder to find than a state with a budget surplus. So when it came to designing the new 36-foot catamaran,…

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Miami Boat Show is Almost Here!

In less than a month, the Miami Boat Show will open its doors! In my opinion, Miami is the best high performance boating venue in the world. It’s a chance for me to escape Wisconsin’s winter and catch up with my industry friends and many of our customers. And there’s always something new. This year’s…

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Show & MTI Booth Information

The 69th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami, one of the world’s greatest boating events, returns February 11-15, 2010, showcasing thousands of the latest powerboats, sailboats, engines, electronics and marine accessories from more than 2,000 exhibitors from around the world.

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