MTI Spooled Up!

Mercury Racing 1350 Install in Bob Bull’s 48 Race/Pleasure

I just got off the phone with Randy Scism at Marine Technology, Inc., (MTI). They first tested Bob Bull’s Mercury Racing 1350 powered MTI 48 Race/Pleasure Thursday, October 21 near the MTI facility. Mercury Racing Product Integration Manager, Mike Griffiths, worked closely with MTI in this, the first install of 1350s in a catamaran and the first 1350 install for the Wentzville, Missouri based company.

First Catamaran Installation of Mercury Racing 1350 Sterndrives

The installation went very smoothly – culminating with the on-water test Thursday. Test time was limited due to water conditions and the need to transport the boat to Florida.  It will be on static display in the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, at Pier 57/MTI in-water slips October 28-Nov 1.

Both Randy Scism and boat owner Bob Bull are ecstatic with the new 1350s.

Bob Bull’s 1350 Powered 48 Race/Pleasure on the Launch Ramp

“To me, they are game changers. The first thing I noticed was the incredible manners the engines have around the dock. They idle better and shift better than a 525 EFI. They are smart too. While still strapped to the trailer, turning big props, we started and ran the engines for a period of time – shifting in and out of gear. The engines adjusted immediately and never changed more than 50 rpm between shifts. No stumbles, No stalls. Dock manners are second to none. I am extremely impressed. Can’t wait to resume testing,” said Scism.

First Test Run – Bob Bull’s 1350 Powered MTI 48 Race/Pleasure

“The acceleration and power output from these things is better than anything we’ve ever tested on pump gas. They may even be more powerful than engines on race fuel. We’ll know for sure once we get more test time,” Scism said.

My next call was to boat owner Bob Bull whose enthusiasm equaled Scisms’.

Bob and Debbie Bull – Proud Owners of the 1st Mercury Racing 1350 Powered Catamaran

“Mercury did a heck of a job with this engine. It is an impressive piece. The acceleration is unbelievable. It is amazing how quiet and smooth they run. This engine will revolutionize the high performance marine industry,” said Bull.

“I have raced a lot of Mercury Racing products. This is now number 1 on the list. I’m looking forward to do more testing and some top-end running,” Bull said.

Scism and Bull are excited to have the boat in Ft. Lauderdale so people can see, touch and feel it first hand. The boat will then go on to Key West, Florida where it will be on static display at the 30th Annual Key West Offshore World Championships, November 7-14. Testing will resume upon completion of the week-long Key West events.

A second pair of 1350s are built and on their way to MTI for another 48 Race/Pleasure hull.

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2 thoughts on “MTI Spooled Up!”

  1. I was wondering if there is an accepted distance from land that constitutes “offshore”. We all have our opinions on what we feel safe doing and I’ve read plenty of threads where people say they would never go offshore.

    1. I know of neither a distance nor sea state definition of offshore. Personally, I’ve felt “offshore” within sight of Key West and Milwaukee.

      As to the safety of offshore distances, I believe it is best to file a float plan with someone you trust every time you go out. Make sure your marine radio works. I carry a hand-held back up, too. It is also a good idea to boat with a buddy system — especially for longer outings. Besides, more boats is always more fun.

      Even with the best equipment, surprises can occur. A bad load of fuel (on my way home from a boat race in North Port, MI) brought me to an agonizing stop in the middle of Lake Michigan. I was able to drain the debris from my fuel filter, about six times, and nurse it to Sheboygan. Neither fun nor fast, but I learned a lesson.

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