A couple of Tuesdays ago, the gigantic storage building at Haulover Marine Center in North Miami Beach, Fla., looked like a massive MTI showroom. The recent, record-setting 260-plus boat Florida Powerboat Club Poker Run certainly had something to do with it, but the fact is the place houses almost 40 MTI catamarans and center consoles from around the country in the winter. Come summer, that number will dwindle to less than a dozen creations from the Wentzville, Mo., company as their owners retrieve them to run on their local waterways and haul them to their favorite not-so-local events.
The South Florida arm of MTI’s business is booming (click image to enlarge). Photos by Matt Trulio copyright speedonthewater.com.
And once summer is over, they will migrate to their South Florida home for the winter.
But right now, if you want to see an amazing collection of MTI cats and center consoles from 34 to 57 feet, Westrec Marinas’ Haulover Marine Center is the place to be.
Remember Lil’ Jet, the 340X that Michigan’s Burton Kirsten ordered for his wife, Yvette, during last summer’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri? It’s there. So, too, is Craig and Paula’s Ackerman’s new 340X, which the Georgia couple took delivery of at Haulover just before the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West happening. (The Ackerman’s brought their insurance man Devin Wozencraft along for the poker-run ride.)
Check out the slideshow above for more images of the MTI fleet at Haulover Marine Center.