A full week before he and almost 20 Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) customers will take to the Key West Poker Run presented by the Florida Powerboat Club, Randy Scism, owner of Wentzville, Mo., company, is at TNT Custom Marine in Miami preparing for some demo rides and making sure all of his customers are set for the 20th anniversary of the poker run.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done the poker run, so I’m expecting to have a lot of fun this year,” said Scism, who normally races in the Super Boat International Key West World Championships but won’t be this year as his racing teammate, Bob Bull, sold his 48-footer to Norway’s Tor Staubo of the Gasse team. “I will definitely keep an eye on the racing, but it will be nice to be able to focus on the poker run for once.”
Along with a multitude of catamarans ranging from 36 to 50 feet, MTI be running its prototype SV42 center console, MTI’s first V-bottom (see Exclusive: Driving the Game-Changing SV42 from MTI) in the poker run from Miami to Key West on Wednesday (Nov. 7)—the first of four departure days. Scism said he’s delivering a stunning white and gray 48-foot MTI to one of his customers this week, too.
Although it’s still the Performance Validation model, Scism expects the SV42 to get a lot of attention in the sizable center console powered by quad Mercury Verado 300 engines. He said the company is finishing up the final molds for the boat this week and is planning to debut the finished product at the Miami International Boat Show in February.