Inside the SOTW Mag 2022 interview issue – Mark and Britney Godsey
Chances are if Mark and Britney Godsey don’t work at Hixson, Tennessee-based Gold Bond, Inc., a top 40 supplier of promotional products for over 75 years, you’ll find them on water – not just the liquid type. Besides being avid surfers, they are dedicated snowboarders. Snow is, after all, just frozen water.
Whether they’re piloting the MTI 390X catamaran, wakesurfing or snowboarding, Mark and Britney from Tennessee spend most of their free time having fun on the water. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
The exception to this? More and more these days, you can find the Chattanooga, Tennessee couple in the air. Mark Godsey is a private pilot who recently obtained his instrument rating and Britney is his most frequent co-pilot in a Cirrus plane he shares with his father, Don, who is also a pilot.
Aviation is in the blood of the Godsey family – Mark’s grandfather, Willard, was also a pilot. But none of the family patriarchs had a passion for performance sailing, let alone the commitment that Mark and Britney Godsey share. They had just started dating when Mark bought his first MTI, a rare 38ft catamaran called Project Mayhem. Two years later, they were married and became familiar faces at poker races across the country.
In 2019, they purchased a canopy MTI — the former Cat Pass Blocker owned by retired NFL defenseman Brad Benson of the New York Giants — powered by Mercury Racing 1550/1350 engines. Although they enjoyed the 52ft, it was a lot of boat for two people to handle.
So last year they took another step forward and purchased an MTI 390X with two Mercury Racing 450R outboards. But they couldn’t agree on the colors, so they split it down the middle, so to speak, with the help of Stephen Miles Design in Kentucky.
As with all lasting relationships, a little compromise and a lot of teamwork goes a long way.
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