For a true go-fast powerboat owner, the need for speed never goes away. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
A well-known member of the New Jersey high-performance powerboating community, Bob Christie was sure he was done with go-fast catamarans when he sold Speed Racer, his equally well-known 44-foot Marine Technology cartoon-themed catamaran, several years ago. He thought that he and wife, Madelyn, with their three adult daughters and growing gaggle of grandchildren, were ready to slow down and go the performance-oriented center console route. So they ordered a new 38-footer from Statement Marine.
But soon enough, the Statement was gone, replaced by a pre-owned Cigarette Racing Team 42X V-bottom sportboat powered by Mercury Racing 1100s engines. The Christies hung onto the 42-footer for a couple of years and enjoyed owning it, but eventually felt the urge to return to a center console. This time around, they ordered a new Cigarette 39 GTS.
That, too, is gone now and Christie has ordered a new MTI 340X sport catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engines.