As Randy Scism and the team at Marine Technology Inc., so often does, the Wentzville, Mo., custom performance boat builder created a new option for one of its boats that was driven by customer input. And participants in today’s inaugural Mercury Marine/Mercury Racing Outboard Fun Run hosted by Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Mo., are going to get a chance to see the company’s latest 390X demo model (in slideshow below) featuring a pair of Mercury Racing 450R engines and MTI’s first 39-footer with eight seats in the cockpit.
MTI showed off its new eight-seat version of its 390X catamaran on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks on Friday. Photos courtesy MTI
Following the debut of the 39-foot outboard-powered cat in November just before the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run, MTI has been working diligently trying to keep up with demand for the 390X, which up until this point was only available as a six-seater (far right) with two seats up front tucked behind the wraparound windshield and four seats across the back similar to its sistership, the 340X.
Such is the case no longer as a couple of customers asked if it would be possible to create a cockpit in the 390X, which has a 10-foot, 6-inch beam, similar to the one in MTI’s larger sterndrive-powered 48- and 52-foot cats, and Scism and company went to work to make it happen. It was no easy feat, but the first one is done—appearing to be fairly roomy—and so is the second eight-seat 390X. The second boat (pictured above) is going to be delivered to a longtime MTI customer from Georgia who said that the MTI team spent a good amount of time getting the updated cockpit design just right.
“We think people are really going to like the new arrangement and the addition of two extra seats,” said Taylor Scism, MTI’s client relations manager. “Like so many of our products, the options we continue to offer are driven by our customers. As of now, we only plan to offer the eight-seat configuration on new builds, but it’s possible that a previous 390X could be retrofitted if someone wants to go with eight seats instead of the standard six.”
The new staggered-seat configuration with the two additional seats to the outside of the driver and co-pilot allows the four people up front to communicate easier and enjoy complete protection from the wind behind the wraparound windshield.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the first two eight-seat 390X catamarans from MTI.
“You are going to like the new arrangement—it’s pretty cool what MTI engineered to get the two extra seats in there,” said the next-in-line 390X owner from Georgia. “I can’t wait to see the boat. The first one is a real showstopper.”
According to Taylor Scism, the front four seats are electric-powered and can be moved fore and aft.
“We still plan to build 390X models with six seats; we know the eight-seat design isn’t going to be for everyone,” she said. “We just like having options for our customers, especially when the options are based off of ideas that our customers requested.”
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