Within a few minutes of posting a couple of videos from today's rides in the MTI 340X catamaran and MTI-V 57 performance center console, we got several text and email messages from friendly readers not present at the Miami International Boat Show. The gist of those messages was the same: You guys have really tough jobs.
Trust us, we know how lucky we are to do what we do for a living and count our blessings every day. When the toughest part of your job is choosing five highlights from the second day of the Miami show, you know you have it pretty good. So here goes.
Going To Extremes With MTI
We might as well start here. Marine Technology Inc.’s 57-foot center console is the largest boat the Wentzville, Mo., company makes. The 340X sport catamaran is the smallest boat the company makes. With veteran performance-boat drivers and multi-time world champion offshore racers John Tomlinson of TNT Custom Marine at the helm of the 57-footer and Bob Teague of Teague Custom Marine piloting the 34-footer, we took rides in both and couldn’t have been more delighted.
Check out some more highlights of the Miami International Boat Show.
Hustler Powerboats Shows Off Its Shotgun
Getting to sit down with Joe LoGiudice, the owner of Hustler Powerboats, to discuss the company’s all-new 39 Shotgun—a cool, new, roomy outboard-powered sportboat from the Calverton, N.Y., boat builder—was a treat (as it usually it is). Yet this time around, LoGiudice was as passionate as we’ve ever heard him when talking about one of his new boats. And for good reason, the 39-footer, which is powered by triple Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines, had all kinds of unique hidden design features. Look for a more detailed story on the new model next week.
High Fives For BBLADES New Wheels
For the second year in a row, Brett Anderson of BBLADES Professional Propellers of Princeton, Wis., has introduced a new series of propellers. And for the second year in a row, they’ve created buzz at his Miami show display. This time around, Anderson showcased his new 5-SPEED propeller line and began taking orders for testing and purchase.
Surf’s Up At Bluave
Just six years ago, we were reporting on Missouri-based Waves and Wheels as a company to watch. Since then, we’ve watched Justin Wagner and his enthusiastic crew expand on their custom audio system and interior business. And now Wagner’s Bluave Marine Audio stereo components, which he displayed in Miami for the first time, are white-hot with the likes of DCB Performance Boats, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats and more.
New Mystic Mojo
While Mystic Powerboats M4200 luxury center console commanded a healthy share of attention for the DeLand, Fla.-based company during the past two days, the company’s upcoming 38-foot catamaran, which will be based on its C4440 model, and M3800 were the talk of the display. With two 38-foot cats sold and a third sale almost complete, Mystic principal John Cosker said he expects the first 38-footer to debut at the Offshore Powerboat Association Lake Race in June on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. And Cosker and Greg Weber, Mystic’s director of sales, also reportedly took orders for the new M3800, as well as the M4200.