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With one V42 center console delivered to a customer in Miami and three orders for the new model to fill, Marine Technology, Inc. of Wentzville, Mo., reportedly is booked through October with orders for the 42-footer. Once those boats are complete, the company will build it’s own “demo” model to take to events around the country in 2014.
“What people don’t realize is that the prototype 42 that was at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout last year was a finished hull with a plywood deck,” said Tim Gallagher, MTI’s sales and marketing director. “The first finished product, the boat now in Miami, is a world away from the prototype. It’s also a world away from all of the other center consoles out there.
“There are so many cool things MTI did with the boat, “ One of them was the light bar we built into the top with LEDs from Rigid Industries. It’s not like the typical ‘spotlight.’ When you turn it on, you can see channel markers three miles ahead.”
According to the latest newsletter from the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Gloria Estefan, a Grammy winning crossover artist and leading Miami businesswoman, will take a prominent role in the ongoing advocacy campaign to restore the iconic Miami Marine Stadium as a centerpiece of cultural life in Miami. Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 2012, will serve as the voice of efforts to preserve Miami Marine Stadium at a time when the Miami City Commission is weighing approval of a new site plan for the stadium.
Estefan agreed to lend her support to the National Trust and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium's ongoing efforts by appearing in public service announcements, sharing information about the campaign with her friends and followers on social media, and appearing in print and video materials supporting the stadium's restoration.
"Miami Marine Stadium is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind place and I am thrilled to join the National Trust and Friends of Miami Marine Stadium to help restore it to its former glory," Estefan said. "As someone who once had the honor of performing at the stadium, I can attest to the fact that it is a completely unique place, and I know thousands of Miami residents feel the same kind of personal connection to the stadium."
Bucking at least a six-year industry trend of declining offshore racing engine business, Scorpion Racing Engines has seen a surge in demand for offshore racing power this season. That’s the word from Frank McComas, who co-owns the Livonia, Mich.-based high-performance marine and auto racing engine shop with Mark Pritula.
In addition to long-term offshore racing engine clients including the Instigator and Cleveland Construction teams, McComas has added several new teams including Broadco, Stihl and Qatar to his customer list this year.
On any given weekend you’ll find Christopher Kuster at the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks completing his next work of art and showing off his latest paintings, many of which capture the essence of the Florida coast in vibrant watercolor and oil. You’ll also find a good mix of cartoonish art featuring hot rods and powerboats—two of Kuster’s favorite things.
As you can see from the included examples of his artwork, the self-proclaimed horsepower junkie offers a fresh, fun perspective on gas-guzzling machines. What you can’t see in the art—the fact that Kuster is a quadriplegic who paints with his mouth—is even more impressive. Yes, he uses his mouth to draw and paint. Just don’t make the mistake of saying to him, “Wow, I couldn’t even do that with my hands,” because—as he told me—if he had a dollar for every time he’d heard that, he’d be a rich man.
Instead he’ll settle for being the “Paint by Teeth” man. A member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), an organization owned and run by disabled artists with European roots dating back to the 1950s, Kuster is a C5 quadriplegic who was injured in a shallow water diving accident in 1992—just two weeks before his 22nd birthday. He started painting more than 10 years ago and more recently, as in the past few years, he began the motorsports endeavor, Motor Mouth Studios.
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