Observant fans of Stephen Miles Design who follow the Kentucky-based boat-painting shop through its Facebook page likely noticed a new rendering for an outboard engine-powered sport catamaran. But the design, which revealed no styling cues of the catamaran in question, disappeared from that page shortly after Miles posted it.
“That was just a quick teaser,” Miles said, then laughed. “Then it vanished.”
Later this year, a couple of MTI 390X catamarans will be dressed in Stephen Miles Design paintjobs. Photo by Pete Boden from the 2019 Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix/speedonthewater.com.
The intriguing “sneak peek” turned out to be a paintjob design for an MTI 390X catamaran. Miles will be painting two of them this year—one for longtime MTI customer Johnny O’Loughlin of New York, the other for Doug Comrie of Southwest Florida.
“They’re both great human beings,” said Miles, who tends to form strong friendships with is clients. “Both wanted MTIs and both demanded SMD paintjobs. We have been so freaking fortunate.”
Dubbed Lil’ Jet, this 340X sport catamaran is the only MTI MIles has painted so far from the Wentzville, Mo.-based powerboat builder.
The 39-footers will be the second and third MTI models Miles has painted. The first was a 2019-built 340X cat called Lil’ Jet and owned by Burton Kirsten of Michigan. Kirsten bought the boat as a present for his wife, Yvette, and had Miles match its graphics to those of Jet, his then-new 46-foot canopied catamaran from Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats in Bristol, R.I.
Heading into the summer, Miles and his crew are busy. Current painting projects include an Outerlimits SL 52 sportboat, a Sunsation 40 CCX center console, a Nor-Tech 450 center console and a Nor-Tech 390 center console.
Though no final decisions have been made, Miles has been working on initial concepts for his upcoming MTI 390X paintjob projects.