The last time I corresponded with Mike Layton was not long after we tested one of the exotic-looking twin-engine V30 models from his company, Adrenaline Powerboats, for a Powerboat magazine test. That was early 2008 and we all know what happened shortly thereafter—the economic downturn took its toll on many manufacturers as well as the iconic magazine (which eventually went out of business in 2011).
In what turned out to be a pretty smart move, Layton laid low for a few years, building a handful of the 30-footers, handling some restoration projects, including the makeover of Hulk Hogan's 38-foot Scarab in 2011, and maintaining a focus on the next generation of Adrenaline Powerboats.
After noticing the "Design Visualization by Mike Layton" credit on the Mystic Powerboats 40 rendering in Matt Trulio's "Mystic Returning to Miami" story, I reconnected with Layton to find out how things have been going. Based on the amazingly realistic appearance of the new 40-foot catamaran in the photo below, I wasn't surprised when he informed me that his latest specialty was in-house 3D design and visualizations that render images with full graphic overlay of the model, making it possible to render the paint scheme from any angle with a ton of realism.