Thanks to an all-hands-on-deck effort, the team at Marine Technology Inc., in Wentzville, Mo., was able to wrap up Mark and Britney Godsey’s new MTI 390X catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R engines just in time for the Tennessee-based couple to enjoy last week’s sixth annual MTI Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys.
Mark and Britney Godsey had an incredible time taking delivery of their new MTI 390X catamaran during the company’s Owners Fun Run in the Florida Keys. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images
It was the Godseys first time attending the event, and they couldn’t have had a better experience, according to Mark Godsey, who owns Gold Bond Inc. In fact, Godsey expressed his gratitude in a sincere thank you note for his social network to read to MTI owner and founder Randy Scism, his daughter and MTI client relations manager Taylor Scism, MTI’s in-house designer Wes Jones and the rest of the MTI crew for knocking it out of the park with his new 390X, Project Mayhem.
“Britney and I had a great time breaking in the boat,” said Godsey, who is on this third MTI—he purchased the company’s first 38-foot cat, which was powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100s and was on display at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show, and in 2019, he picked up the former Pass Blocker canopied 52-foot cat with twin Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines. “The weather was great and the people were a lot of fun. I think my favorite part of the weekend though was Randy spending time with Britney driving. He spent hours with both of us. He showed her what the boat can do and explained to her how to work the throttles and trim. He also provided guidance on turning the boat and reading the water. Seeing the grin on her face and the excitement of her being able to handle the boat was awesome. I really appreciated him taking the time to do that with her. After that, every time we saw Randy, he smiled and told me, ‘I better see her driving and you throttling.’ I’ll never forget the whole experience.
“MTI sure knows how to put on an event,” he continued, adding that his second favorite part of the weekend was seeing his good friend Mike Goldbaugh, who owns a Skater Powerboats 368 cat called Late Fee$ X 2, wearing MTI gear. “The biggest thing that was different from our standpoint compared to any event we’ve attended was that MTI had 16 people on hand taking care of us—cleaning our windshields each morning, covering our boats in the evening, helping us with anything we needed at every stop we went to and more. It was pretty remarkable. At the beginning of the run, Tom Stuart gave us all SD cards with highlighted routes of where to go. So for people who weren’t familiar with the Keys—we met people from as far away as Lake Havasu and New York—they would know where to avoid sandbars and how to get everywhere.”
Godsey said the boat performed phenomenally well on its maiden voyage.
“Randy asked me how the 390X compared to my old 38 and I told him it blows it away,” Godsey said. “The 390 has a nice wide tunnel that just seemed to eat up all the waves. Between the carbon-fiber layup and the 450R engines, it gets after it quickly. The acceleration is cool and getting on plane is immediate. The 450Rs are so quiet—that’s for sure the most different part about this boat compared to my other MTIs. It’s also reassuring to know while you’re running along that you have a great, reliable package back there. It’s going to be cool to be able to go boating and not stress.”
Featuring a wrap designed by Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., the 39-footer is as custom as an MTI gets. The interior, which he said he conceptualized based on exotic cars and concept cars he’s seen, was a collaborative effort. He said Britney played a big role in the overall look—“she wanted all of the hardware blacked out so we did that”—and that Jones was the mastermind on making their ideas come to life.
Check out the slideshow above for more images of Project Mayhem. Photos courtesy Mark Godsey and Tom Leigh
“I can’t believe how well the interior came out—we had so many people at the event, and people who weren’t there that saw pictures of the boat, tell us how cool the cockpit looks,” said Godsey, who took home the fun run’s Best Outboard Cat award. “We worked with Wes and he said here’s what we realistically can and can’t do. I can’t thank him enough for listening to us and allowing us to do something a little different with the engraved plexiglass and the LED piping in the seats.
“Everything is synched up to the Garmin, except for the piping—I have that on a remote though so it’s easy to go all Lite Brite with the whole thing,” he added with a laugh. “You know me, I wanted to be a little different and wanted to stand out so we got creative. We didn’t go crazy with the audio but I got feedback from a few other 390 owners and we decided to add a couple of subs and put speakers in the dash for an all-around good-sounding system. We tried to keep as much of the colors of the cockpit neutral in case we want to go with all-blue or all-green graphics down the road, or in case we ever sell it.”
Godsey said Miles originally did the design in blue, but that he asked the renowned painter to change it to green—his favorite color—just to see how it would look.
“I showed the rendering to Brit and she said, ‘You really want to do lime green, don’t you?’” Godsey explained. “We were sitting around that weekend—probably drinking thinking—and thought why don’t we just split it? So I asked Stephen. He thought it could look cool and that he could make it look right, and boy was he right. He jokingly said splitting it would be one way to solve the dilemma of Britney wanting it blue and me wanting it green. The boat would not look as awesome as it does without his mastermind behind the design and colors.”
Godsey said the couple’s next event is the Florida Powerboat Club Tampa Bay Poker Run in early April, then he’s going to take the boat home and run it on the Chattanooga River before going to two June events in Kentucky—the Kuttawa Cannonball Run and the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run. One of their favorites of the year, the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Super Cat Fest in late August is on the couple’s schedule as well.
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