With the exception of show-weary exhibitors, no one will be happier to see the Miami International Boat Show close this afternoon than longtime performance-boat owner Joe Sabo. It’s not that Sabo, who lives in Cape Coral, Fla., has anything against boat shows—he’s been enjoying the Miami event all week. It’s just that his MTI 390X catamaran is booth-locked at the Wentzville, Mo., company’s exhibit in the Miami Convention Center.
Still on display at the MTI display in the Miami Convention Center, this MTI 390X catamaran captured attention all week during the Miami International Boat Show. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“I want to get it back home and run it,” said Sabo. “After that, it’s going to Shaun Torrente Racing. Shaun is going to install his brackets—they’re already sitting on the floor in his shop—and dial it in. He definitely knows how to do it.
“My first event will be the MTI owners rendezvous,” he added.
Powered by a pair of color-matched Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines, the 39-footer boasts a color scheme inspired by Sabo’s Breitling Caribbean Edition timepiece. According to Sabo, only 200 of them were created by the famed Switzerland-based watch-maker.
“All of the colors came off the watch, and I was a little nervous about the pastels,” he said. “But it just came out so beautiful. The team at MTI could not have been more helpful.”
Said MTI founder and owner Randy Scism, “We love when customers have fun inspiration and we can run with for the design. I don’t think we’ve ever done one like this before.”
After Sabo has a chance to run it, the 39-footer will go to Shaun Torrente Racing for dial-in.