With the majority of their attention and resources focused on building the M4200 luxury center-console, and developing a 38-footer to complement their 42-footer (a runaway hit with 30 sold and 23 delivered since its introduction at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show) Mystic Powerboats hasn’t built many catamarans in the past couple of years. Mystic principal John Cosker and his crew at the DeLand, Fla., company have rightly put their efforts into their stunning outboard-powered center-consoles, which in addition to being more in demand are a whole lot easier to build than custom stern-drive go-fast catamarans.
Still, Mystic cats remain a cult favorite among performance-boat aficionados, and the company’s latest catamaran creation could be its most stunning go-fast pleasure boat to date. More than a year in the making, a low-profile version of Mystic’s C4400, powered by a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines, is being delivered soon to buyers Chad and Heather Collier, who live in the Nashville, Tenn. area.
The previous owners of a Mystic C5000 pleasure model, the Colliers were on hand for the new catamaran’s first test session on Lake George, not far from the Mystic facility. With Cosker on board, they ran the boat to a tame 140 MPH, and they are expecting a much higher top speed, although no one involved was ready to offer a specific number.
“I loved it,” said Chad Collier. “It’s a Mystic, that's all I can say about it. The acceleration is unbelievable. It tracks really well and there’s no hop at any rpm range… It’s smaller than my 50 was, but it doesn’t feel that way.”
The deck of the Colliers’ new Mystic cat is approximately five inches lower than that of a standard C4400, which by all accounts—including those from Scott Sjogren of Mystic Powerboat Sales—makes it more C5000-like in appearance. Painted by Stephen Miles Design of Owensboro, Ky., the 44-footer also boasts the latest versions of Mystic’s interior and windshield.
After the test session, the boat went back to Mystic for a few finishing touches, including sunpad and custom cockpit carpet installation, prior to final delivery to the owners. And it’s sure to be a centerpiece in the upcoming Tennessee Powerboat Club’s Old Hickory Fun Run (July 27-30), which is organized by Chad Collier.
“The boat looks absolutely beautiful going across the water—it’s stunning,” said Sjogren, who will head to Tennessee to run the cat with the Colliers when it’s delivered. “Chad and Heather are great, and were very patient with us during the build. We made quite a few changes as we went along compared to other 44s. The new windshield works great, and the interior is just sick.”
According to Sjogren, another low-profile 44-footer, this one powered by Mercury Racing 860 engines, is in the works for a longtime Mystic buyer.