Three summers ago, Randy Scism, the founder and owner of Marine Technology, Inc., in Wentzville, Mo., launched his prototype 42-foot luxury performance center-console. Dubbed the V 42, the company’s first center-console was built, he said, “just for demo purposes.” Scism promised that the finished version would be more polished.
But after I took my first ride on the prototype 42-footer, which rides on a patented stepped hull, I was sold. Sure, the interior amenities were a little rough around the edges, but any custom builder with a good crew can finish an interior. Far fewer could produce a boat that was so stable and nimble right out of the gate. The V 42 was, after all, the catamaran builder’s first V-bottom.
Several months later, MTI delivered its first finished V 42 center-console—a flaming red 42-footer powered by quad 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines —to a customer in Florida. Since then, the company has finished eight more 42-footers. Hull No. 10 is almost done, and hulls No. 11 and No. 12 were recently displayed at the Miami International Boat Show.
As for hull No. 9, you’re looking at it. And with its metallic silver finish, it’s a stunner. Like all but two of the 42-footers, this one is powered by quad 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard engines. (One model sports triple Seven Marine 557 outboards; another has quad 350-hp Verados.) With that power package, the boat tops out at 70 mph according to Tim Gallagher, the company’s sales and marketing manager.
“This is a big boat with an 11-1/2-foot beam—it weighs 15,800 pounds,” said Gallagher. “It’s a much larger boat than the most of the boats that buyers are comparing it to. When we get clients, it always works best for me if they’ve already run the potential boats they’re comparing it to. They’re always taken aback by how well the MTI-V 42 rides and handles."
The Miami-based owner of hull No. 9 uses his MTI-V 42 primarily as his “day boat,” as well as a tender for one of his yachts. Although Gallagher described the 42-footer as “perfect” for yacht tender duty thanks to its generous passenger capacity, rough-water ride quality, stability, and styling, he said that most owners use the luxury performance center-console as their primary boat.
“A couple have been sold to existing MTI catamaran owners, but most have gone to buyers who want a sportboat but don’t want to sacrifice amenities and space to have one,” said Gallagher. “Quite a few have been purchased with trailers, not because their owners want to tow them all over the place but because they will trailer them somewhere south for the winter, then back to the Midwest or Northeast in the summer. Right now, there are a lot of them in Florida.”
On the production front, Gallagher said that MTI has improved its processes for constructing the 42-foot V-bottom, at present the only mono-hull offering in the builder’s line. The company should be able to build a few more center-consoles a year, he said, and significantly cut down order-to-delivery times.
“More people will have their boats by summer, whereas last year that wasn’t always possible,” said Gallagher.
And in the relatively near future, the V 42 will have a larger sibling.
"We're also working on a 57-foot center-console, which will be similar to the 42-footer but basically have an extra five feet behind the cockpit, in the cabin, and up front," he said. "The hull plug is almost finished so we should have the mold done soon. We’re hoping to have it done in time for next year’s Miami Show.”