Back in the heyday of APBA Offshore, LLC—call it the early 2000s—no Super Cat-class raceboat was more popular with offshore racing fans than Tommy Bahama, a 44-foot MTI catamaran built in 2001, throttled by Mark Nemschoff, its owner, and driven by his son, Paul. The team’s dry pits always teamed with folks eager to get a look at the raceboat dressed in the relaxed tones of a lifestyle clothing brand in the midst of its own meteoric rise. Whether you were talking about the boat or the clothes, Tommy Bahama was simply cool. People dug both.
A venerable raceboat is returning to the water in pleasure form.
And then it was gone. The father-and-son duo exited in the sport in the mid-2000s and the four-seat 44-footer was converted to pleasure use with the removal of its canopy at MTI headquarters in Wentzville, Mo. The Nemschoff’s interests went in other directions and the boat eventually ended up in a Virginia Beach, Va., storage facility owned by Douglas Hahn, the team’s former crew chief.
Through their mutual love of vintage sportscars, Mark Nemschoff, who made his fortune through a Wisconsin-based office furniture company he founded, and Tom Mischke, the owner of Classic Performance Restorations in Gilbert, Ariz., became friends. With just a few clients, Mischke’s owns and operates a complete concierge business—from restoration and maintenance to storage and delivery of exotic automobiles—for a handful of clients, and has for the past 15 years. After more than a few discussions with Nemschoff, he acquired the former Tommy Bahama raceboat in mid-December 2018.