Members of the Performance Boat Center team recently traveled to the Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) factory in Green Bay, WI, with company founder Randy Scism to observe the ongoing construction of their new race boat (to be powered by 750 engines from Sterling Performance).
The MTI will act as the team’s new Super Cat class competitor on the OPA offshore circuit in 2019, and the swap from their Skater reflects a shift in the dealer’s brand lineup as well. “I know they’re excited to ‘race what they sell,’” as Scism puts it.
PBC co-owner Brett Manire, driver Myrick Coil and crew chief Greg Hillmer joined Scism to check out the all-carbon fiber construction MTI, which is a shortened (to 43’) and narrowed (to a 66” tunnel width) version of the builder’s 48’. The hull will next travel to MTI’s facility in Wentzville, MO, where its windshield and fuel tanks will be installed. “There’s a lot of things that need to be done to make it different,” explains Coil.
For one thing, it’s a big boat—bigger than the 38′ Skater the team has gotten comfortable in, and moving into a larger boat has definitely resulted in some stomach butterflies, “not knowing if this big boat’s going to work,” Coil says. But being out of the comfort zone is one of the things that makes the 2019 season exciting for Performance Boat Center. “It’s exciting, because…