Coming out of the power-cruiser world, Steve Marini of Albany, N.Y., was exhilarated when he purchased a new Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats 43-foot V-bottom powered by Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines in 2012. But although nothing ever went wrong with the boat beyond a thrown propeller blade, the future cost of ownership worried the no-nonsense, straight-talking construction company owner.
Steve and Lisa Marini’s new Nor-Tech 390 Sport Center Console adventures in the Bahamas in its future.
So in less than a year, he traded in the 43-footer to the company, then headquartered in Cape Coral, Fla., and bought a Nor-Tech 390 Sport Center Console powered by four Mercury Marine Verado 300 outboard engines.
“That was Nor-Tech’s first quad-outboard boat,” said Marini, who splits his time between his home Albany and a second place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with his wife, Lisa. “When they were building my 43, I visited Nor-Tech and saw a Nor-Tech 390 demo boat. Terry Sobo took me out on it, and I fell in love with it. I had the 43 less than a year before I traded it in on the center console.”
Four weeks ago, Marini took delivery of his third Nor-Tech, a stunning 390 Sport Center Console powered by four Mercury Marine 350 Verado outboard engines. Marini ordered the 39-foot stunner through Bob Crow at SoFlo Boats in Fort Lauderdale. To say he is a Nor-Tech fan would be a massive understatement.
“I do business with a lot of people, and I would never do business with any boat company other than Nor-Tech,” he said. “Any problem I’ve ever had has been taken care of immediately.”
From their South Florida home-base in Fort Lauderdale, the Marinis typically head for the Keys when they’re in town for a long weekend. But once a year, they run to the Bahamas and Abacos Islands. While there, they split their time between island-hopping, snorkeling, swimming and just taking in the scenery.
Check out the slideshow above to enjoy more images of the 39-footer.
With their next extended Bahamas trip in mind for 2020, Marini chose the fuel-efficient, deeply warrantied 350-hp outboards for the boat.
“We like to cruise at 60 mph—I don’t care to go 90 mph,” he said. “This boat is fast enough. The warranty also was a big thing.
“Believe it or not, my quad 350s are more fuel-efficient than my 300s were,” he continued. “It’s using about 25 percent less fuel. On the trip to Key Biscayne we just did this weekend, we were getting 1.25 miles per gallon.”
Said Marini, “I do business with a lot of people, and I would never do business with any boat company other than Nor-Tech,”
Outside of the “SoFlo package” of options that includes electronics, flooring and more, a radar system was the only major option Marini added to his purchase.
The Marinis return to New York today, but they’ll be back in South Florida for the week of the July 4 holiday. Their plan is to point the 390 toward Islamorada. That’s their favorite destination in the Florida Keys.
“We love Islamorada,” said Marini. “We’re already looking forward to it.”
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