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Image Of The Week, II: Platinum Addiction Versus Phantom

A household name in go-fast boating circles for commissioning some of the most outrageous high-performance powerboats ever built, Florida’s Bill Pyburn, Jr., took delivery of a new MTI V-42 center console during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri in August. That Pyburn—who has owned exotic custom go-fast creations from the likes of Skater Powerboats, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats and more—ordered a center console as his first MTI speaks volumes about the 42-footer as well as the ongoing popularity of center consoles among discerning go-fast boat buyers who’ve have owned just about everything else.

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A pair of stunning MTIs—one fresh from the factory and another a longtime poker-run fixture—ran side by side during the 2019 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout week in Central Missouri (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

True to his speed-loving nature, Pyburn ordered the V-42 with quad Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines, the most powerful offerings currently in the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine and accessories company’s outboard line. But in a slight break from his Pure Platinum naming tradition, he dubbed the boat Platinum Addiction.

During the Shootout week and Super Cat Fest, which run concurrently, speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden spied Pyburn and company running the 42-footer alongside Phantom, a 48-foot MTI owned by Kenny Armstrong of Texas. Sharpshooter that he is, Boden didn’t miss the moment.

Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens next Wednesday, will get a chance to check out Pyburn’s V-42 firsthand at the MTI display alongside another V-42—shipped all the way from Italy for the event—and the company’s 340X “demo” sport catamarans. Like the Platinum Addiction MTI, the two other boats that will be on display are powered by Mercury Racing 450R outboards.

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