Less than a year ago, Mystic Powerboats founder and owner John Cosker was best-known for one thing: building the fastest high-performance catamarans in the land. The DeLand, Fla., custom boatbuilder’s coveted 50-foot catamarans routinely top 200 mph. Two years ago at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, a turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic cat reached a remarkable 224 mph on the event’s liquid-mile course.
Still, as Cosker readily admits, there are only so many people interested in a two- to four-seat 50-footer that, more often than not, is simply a canopied, purpose-built raceboat doubling as a “pleasure boat.” That only 16 Mystic C5000 cats have been built since 1994 not only speaks to the coveted nature of the product, but to its limited demand.
A trained naval architect, Cosker understood he needed something more to ensure the long-term survival of his company. With center-consoles now a booming segment of the performance-boat world—most industry observers credit center-consoles with saving the post-recession go-fast boat market—the new-product answer was obvious.
But here’s the thing: Though Cosker was confident any center-console of his design would offer excellent performance, and that it would appeal to existing go-fast boat owners, he didn’t want it be to known first and foremost as “performance boat.” Cosker and his partner Scott Sjogren of Chicago-area-based Shogren Performance Marine, Mystic’s global dealer, wanted to reach a broader audience. They wanted to create what Sjogren calls “a Range Rover-like center-console.”
In the M4200, which was released in prototype form at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, Cosker has created just that. The M4200 is as long on luxury as it is on performance.
The boat’s extensive cabin—with stand-up headroom for anyone other than a standard-size NBA player—features a queen-size berth and inviting lounges, a flat-screen television, a complete galley with a microwave oven and a refrigerator, and separate head locker. Air-conditioning in the cabin is offered as an option.
Drivers will find dual Garmin GPS units at the helm station. Wind dams on the port and starboard walk-throughs keep the breeze off cockpit passengers at the highest speeds, and with quad 400-hp Mercury Racing Verado outboard engines the M4200 tops 80 mph.
Around the docks, port and starboard bow thrusters make life easy. Underwater lighting makes the M4200 a stunner after dark, as does LED lighting in the boat’s cockpit.
All of these goodies are standard. In fact, the only options Mystic offers for the M4200 are power (all models so far have been built with triple or quad Mercury Marine Verado 350 or Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards), radar, autopilot, and, as previously mentioned, air-conditioning for the cabin.
Real-world boaters with plenty of experience to draw upon, Cosker and Sjogren needed the M4200 to feel luxurious in every aspect. They understood that center-consoles, outside of the angling and workboat utility worlds, are social platforms—the stuff of sunset cruises and sandbar raft-ups with family and friends (hence the boat’s starboard entry door). From the helm station’s four-position bolster, to the generous forward-facing lounge with flip-up armrests ahead of the console, to the rear-facing cockpit bench, there simply isn’t a bad seat in the house in the M4200.
But the best seat is, of course, behind the steering wheel. The M4200 is a big boat, measuring 43-foot long with a 10’8” beam, but it only feels “big” in rough water where it crushes pretty much everything it encounters without soaking its occupants. Cosker designed the center-console’s dual-step, 24-degree entry V-hull with reversed chines, not just to supply a smooth rough-water ride, but also deliver dry one.
Yet somehow, the high-sided, deep freeboard M4200 feels nimble. It responds appropriately to steering input at the helm and stays connected in turns. Bow rise is nonexistent when coming on plane, and the boat tracks perfectly at all speeds.
Cosker and Sjogren have set a goal of building one M4200 a month, and they’re right on track since they created the final version of the boat. (In the four months after the boat's Miami debut, they made more than 40 changes to the model.)
In addition to the luxury center-console, Cosker added a 44-foot go-fast catamaran to the Mystic line this year. Between that model, the 50-foot catamaran, and the M4200, the company has everything it needs in its product portfolio. But while it does perform exceptionally well—it is a Mystic after all—the M4200 is a completely different breed than its feline siblings.
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