Randy Scism, the man behind Marine Technology, Inc., added something smaller to his display of V-42 high-performance center consoles in this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat, which opened last Wednesday and closed on Sunday. As they had in 2016, Scism and MTI national sales manager Tim Gallagher showcased one of their white-hot—sales- and performance-wise—340X sport catamarans powered by Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines in the annual South Florida event.
Scism and Gallagher expected the 34-footer to attract some attention at the docks, even in a show—with its impressive and expansive displays of big-dollar yachts, cruisers and offshore sportfishing vessels—that for the most part does not cater to the go-fast powerboating world.
But the results of their efforts greatly exceeded their expectations.
“We left with multiple deposits on the 340X and several deals pending—they take a little longer—on the V-42 center console,” said Scism, who arrived in Key West, Fla., yesterday to join his Super Boat International Unlimited-class CMS teammate Bob Bull to compete in the SBI Offshore World Championships this week. “I think it was better than the best Miami International Boat Show we’ve had in years. To me, it was a much different show. There weren’t as many spectators, but there were a lot more real buyers.”
Scism admitted that some of the attention the 340X reaped in Fort Lauderdale last week could have had something to do with its novelty. With the exception of the Wright Performance Powerboats 360 exhibited in Fort Lauderdale by Performance Boat Center, it was the only high-performance sport catamaran in the show. But he also believes the appeal of MTI’s outboard-powered sport catamarans is broader and more attractive to a more-general boat-buying audience.
“The 340 is just so user friendly,” he said. “The engines come with three years of warranty and you can buy two more of factory protection. You can cruise at 85 to 90 mph all day and get two to three miles per gallon of fuel economy.
Scism said that MTI had two 42-footer center consoles in the water next to the 340X, as well as another V-42 in the super yacht display area. And both display areas delivered pending V-42 deals. But the most pleasant sales surprises came from the 340X sport cat.
“It’s just a really run, really easy to own boat,” he said. “Conditions allowing, you can ran run 100 mph in it all day long. And it’s a blast to drive. Its been a homerun for us.”
Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.