If you didn’t see the note in my OffshoreOnly.com column during the week of the Key West Poker Run in November, you may have missed the fact that MTI was delivering a new 43-foot catamaran powered by twin Teague Custom Marine engines just in time for the Florida Powerboat Club run.
Well here is your chance to take a longer look at the beautiful blue, gray and black MTI 43—the fourth 43-footer built by the Wentzville, Mo., company—thanks to the images of Pete Boden, who captured the boat during the Saturday morning Speedonthewater.com photo shoot.
A couple of hours after the shoot, the boat’s owner—a performance boat enthusiast from Switzerland who owned a TCM-powered Fountain Powerboats V-bottom—opted to enjoy as much time as he could in the boat by joining the scheduled lunch run with the MTI owners and hitting the Florida Powerboat Club raft-up just off of Boca Grande Key.
Fortunately for the owner, who was joined by a couple of friends, his daughter and her boyfriend, the man behind the 1,200-hp supercharged power plants—Bob Teague—was by his side on Saturday. In fact, Teague was by his side for the entire Key West event, which actually started at Haulover Marine Center in North Miami with Teague spending a couple of days making sure everything was dialed in for the run.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the 43-foot cat in Key West.
“Between the trip back and forth from Miami to Key West and all of the other boating we did while we were in Key West, I think we drove the boat 700 miles that week,” Teague said. “Our customer was there to boat so that’s what we did. Well, boat and swim. They loved to get out of the MTI and swim around.”
Teague said one of his longtime parts customers in Switzerland, Renzo Quadri of Quadri Racing Engines, had a hand in the owner’s confidence to choose the 1,200-hp engines for the MTI since Quadri services boats for customers in Switzerland and surrounding European countries.
“My goal going to Key West was to provide a good experience for the customer so I was on top of that and I’m pretty certain it was a success,” Teague said, adding that the boat runs really well in all conditions and that he and Villars didn’t run it much faster than 140 mph during the event. “I definitely need to thank Milton (Calafell of MTI), who was helpful when we were adjusting some things before the poker run.”
According to Teague, the 43-footer is back in Missouri getting a few updates done before it goes back to its current home at the MTI sales, service and storage center in Haulover Marine Center.
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