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MTI Madness — Interview with Randy Scism & Tim Gallagher

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In this article by Jason Johnson of Offshore Only and Speed on the Water, Johnson interviews MTI owner/founder Randy Scism and sales/marketing manager Tim Gallagher about popular boats and upcoming changes being implemented by Marine Technology Inc.

I don’t believe “privileged” is really the right word to describe it, but I definitely feel that way when my two primary contacts at Marine Technology Inc., in Wentzville, Mo.—owner/founder Randy Scism and sales/marketing manager Tim Gallagher—pick up the phone when I call.

Like many people in the industry, I value their time. I also understand just how busy Scism and Gallagher are on a daily basis. Heck in the last month, MTI delivered its first production 57-foot center console—the mighty-impressive MTI-V 52 powered by quad Seven Marine 627 engines that, although unfinished but seaworthy, was on display at the Miami International Boat Show in February—and rolled out its “new” G7-style 43-foot catamaran not long after that.

According to Gallagher, MTI delivered a 40-footer powered by twin turbocharged 1,110-hp Mercury Racing engines last year with the G7 design and its first 43-footer—the clean, all-white cat powered by Mercury Racing 1350 engines pictured in this story—left the shop a couple of weeks ago for its final destination in Monaco on the French Riviera. He said there’s another 43 in production that is likely to be powered by twin Mercury Racing 860 engines.

Of course the company continues to receive orders for its larger cats—the 48- and 52-footers have been a smashing success—on top of the wildly popular MTI-V 42 center consoles, so it’s pretty remarkable to think that the team was able to make room for the jaw-dropping 57-foot center console, which was delivered in May.

Gallagher said the hull for another MTI-V 57 recently came out of the mold, and that production on the impressive 57-footer, which he called a “complex build” thanks to the magnitude and detail of the center console, is going to be taking place throughout the summer.

From our conversation, it sounds like a lot is happening at MTI this summer. Beyond the boat production, the team is planning to attend many events over the next few months, including its “hometown” Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, which includes an MTI Owners Fun Run on the Thursday before the Shootout. One can always assume there will be some new MTIs on hand that week as well.

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