A firm renowned for building high-performance racing and pleasure catamarans, Mystic Powerboats of Deland, Fla., will build Powerplay sportboats. A popular line in the late 1990s and early 2000s with an almost cult-like following, Powerplay has not offered a new model for more than a decade—in fact, it has not produced anything from its existing tooling since 2005, and has been “dark” since 2007.
Tom Mason, the former owner of custom center-console builder Midnight Express and current owner of Powerplay, plans to change that by teaming up with John Cosker of Mystic to rekindle the Powerplay line, which at present includes models from 33 to 38 feet. Mason reportedly looked at several builders before selecting Mystic.
“John is a lamination guru and one of the best, if not the best, boatbuilders in the industry today,” said Mason. “We are proud to have him building the Powerplay line.”
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Cosker. “I’m also going to be helping them modernize the Powerplay line.”
The Powerplay deal is not Cosker’s first “contract build” arrangement. In 2011, Mystic built the first GTMM 39’, a spectacular custom high-performance V-bottom that debuted at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show, for Giovanni Theodoli (son of Katrin Theodoli, the owner of Magnum Boats) and Scott Smith, the owners of GTMM. The most sought-after designer in the go-fast powerboat world, Cosker has designed hulls for Deep Impact, Concept, Contender, and others. He also has teamed up with Contender to create the Contender by Mystic Yacht line.
As for what he’ll do to “modernize” the Powerplay offerings, Cosker is tight-lipped—as is Mason—though it’s a safe bet that whatever changes are made will stir the pot of Powerplay faithfuls.
“We’re not ready to talk about that just yet,” said Mason. “That’s for a few months from now.”
Cosker builds his own Mystic line with epoxy and carbon fiber, which results in a lighter, stiffer and more expensive boat than one built with resin and fiberglass. As he did with the 39-footer for GTMM, Cosker will build the Powerplay line with vinylester resin and fiberglass, but will offer epoxy-and-carbon layups as an option.