Ray Medlock was sure glad he purchased his MTI-V 42 with quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines just in time for the MTI Owners Fun Run in South Florida. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
For someone who lives in Kansas and boats most often at his home on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, late February doesn’t sound like a great time of year to take delivery of a boat you purchased on your hometown lake. But for Ray Medlock, the timing of his purchase of a new MTI-V 42 luxury performance center console from Wake Effects in Osage Beach, Mo., couldn’t have come at a better time.
How so? Medlock, a lifelong freshwater lake boater whose primary experience with performance boating was through friends, took the maiden voyage in his beautiful red, gray and white 42-footer powered by quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R in the Florida Keys a few days after the Miami International Boat Show ended as part of the MTI Owners Fun Run from Miami to Marathon.
The experience, according to Medlock, was beyond anything he could imagine. He said his first saltwater boating experience, which happened to take place in one of the coolest places to boat in saltwater, was the “perfect trip.”
“I had no idea I was jumping on a plane to meet some of the best people I’ve ever encountered when I left for the MTI Owners Fun Run,” said Medlock, CEO of Source Inc., a wireless integration company in Shawnee, Kan. “I met so many great people and saw so many cool boats. I can’t say enough good things about how the Wake Effects team treated me. Rusty Rahm and the rest of the guys went out of their way to make sure I was comfortable with the boat in the open water. It was an eye-opening experience for someone who has only boated on lakes. I couldn’t have done it without the Wake Effects team and everyone at MTI. From (MTI owner) Randy Scism, his brother-in-law Greg (McCauley) and (MTI sales manager) Tim Gallagher, the group at MTI was super helpful.”
Medlock, who has owned bass boats, cruisers, wakeboard boats, PWC and more, took a few buddies with him for the fun run. He and his friends—one owns a Cigarette and another owns a Formula—were blown away by the boat’s performance.
“The boat is amazing—whether you’re in calm water or rough water, it is incredibly stable and comfortable,” he said. “During our trip we had about six people in it every time out and there was room for plenty more, and everyone would still be comfortable. The engines are real responsive. We got it up above 75 mph many times throughout the run. The funny thing was we’d be cruising around 60 or 70 mph having a great time and all of a sudden a cat blasts by going at least 100 mph. That was something I’ll never forget.”
Article By: Jason Johnson
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