New York performance boater Johnny O’Loughlin doesn’t always have a new boat for the annual Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run in November, but it sure does seem that way, especially considering that in 2017 and 2019 he brought a 48-foot MTI catamaran and a matching outboard-powered MTI 340X that speedonthewater.com was fortunate to capture aerial images of on both occasions.
And now today, O’Loughlin and his longtime cohort Jimmy McIntyre are running a couple of brand new boats from Miami to Key West during the FPC’s 28th annual event, which includes departures Wednesday and Thursday. And this year, the friends, who are behind the new Westhampton Boat Works in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., are taking two stunning new MTI 390X catamarans powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R engines on the 170-mile run through the Florida Keys.
“This will be our first time running the new 390s; they both were finished just in time for the run,” McIntyre said. “We went out in the first 390 in Key West last year and Randy (Scism, MTI’s owner) let us test drive his demo in the company’s Owners Fun Run in March in the Keys. They are incredible boats. I’m not taking anything away from the 340—it’s a great boat—but the 390 is on another level because of the extra length and width.
“Of course they both seem slow compared to a 48 with 1550/1350 engines so I guess we’re just going to have to take our time this year,” McIntyre added with a laugh.
O’Loughlin is just as enthusiastic as McIntyre about the new 390X models.
“MTI builds a great boat—I can attest to that as I’ve owned several of them,” O’Loughlin said. “Considering the way this year has gone, I’m ready to have some fun. We’re doing the run with Stu on Wednesday and we may try to meet up with the MTI guys one day for a quick fly-by and hello.”
According to Taylor Scism, MTI’s marketing manager and sales associate, a few other new 390X customers are going to be joining the Wentzville, Mo.-based company on its run later this week from Miami to Marathon. Scism also said that MTI has already built 16 39-footers and has more than 20 of them on order or in production.
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