My right hand is sliding the twin DTS throttles forward, feeding 1,050 horses their high-octane grain. My left hand grips the leather-wrapped steering wheel. My eyes dart back and forth between the water ahead, the gauges, and despite my best efforts to fight it, the three beautiful gals in the bow. Long hair is flying wildly in the wind, huge smiles and laughs fill the air, and—OMG Rudow, shut the heck up! One of those ladies is your boss’s boss, and another is her boss! The third one? I’m not too sure who she is, but it’s a fair bet that as far as the corporate totem pole goes, she’s standing squarely on your bald spot. Eyes forward!
We pass by 60 MPH, then 70, and our speed continues to increase as a pair of sunglasses pops off someone’s head and goes flying by. Oh well, I warned them. More laughing. More smiles. And that’s what’s so impossible to ignore—the monstrous grins and unrestrained happiness displayed by a bunch of people who don’t often get out on speed boats. I can’t help soaking in the joy created by blasting across Biscayne Bay at eye-watering speeds. The exuberance felt while catching air as 42 feet of infused E-glass and carbon fiber skips from wave to wave. The adrenaline-pumping thrill of a 15,000-pound fun-machine called the Mystic M4200, doing its thing.
What gives the M4200 its awe-inspiring ability to generate joy? In a nutshell, speed and agility. The boat we ran in Miami had plenty of power, sure, but the triple 350s weren’t even close to the maximum for this model. It can take quad 400 HP outboards and easily blast past 80 MPH. Sheer power doesn’t always translate into speeds like this, however. Look at a similar-sized boat that’s more oriented to fishing than speed, like the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage, and you’ll note that with quad 300s—150 more horses than our test boat had—it doesn’t quite hit 50. Or consider a Hydra-Sports 4200, which is also a center console fishing boat but one that’s more performance-oriented than the Whaler. Powered by triple 350s, it tops out at around 55 MPH, and with quads at 67.
Part of the speed capability comes from hull design, part comes from weight, and part comes from the collusion of Scott Shogren (Shogren Performance Marine) and Bob Cosker (Mystic Powerboats). Both are veterans of from the racing community, and both know how to design boats that go fast. In this case, the hull is a twin-stepped CAD-modeled design. The steps reduce the hull’s wetted surface area, which decreases drag (watch our Stepped Hulls video to see exactly how steps in a hull work). Meanwhile, the entire boat is vacuum-infused. That means it’s wrapped in air-tight plastic and the resin is drawn through the fiberglass via a vacuum, instead of merely being slapped on. This process controls the fiberglass-to-resin ratio and ensures maximum strength at minimum weight. The boat is also foam-cored (watch Understanding Foam Cored Boat Construction to learn more), which further reduces weight while gaining stiffness. And carbon fiber is used to beef up high stress areas instead of layering fiberglass, which again helps keep down weight. Net result: The M4200 weighs about 13,000 pounds dry. Compare that to 23,200 pounds for the Whaler fishing boat, and just under 20,000 pounds for the Hydra-Sports.
Along with the higher speeds, the boat’s hull design and light weight contribute to responsiveness. Twitch the wheel, and the bow instantly begins carving a turn. Crank it over, and the boat digs into a hair-pin. Whip it back and forth, and listen to the laughter generated by your high-speed zig-zags. Mystic makes no guarantees, but I will: sitting at this helm, you will NOT be able to wipe the grin off your face.
Day Tripping, Not Fishing
Though the M4200 is a center console, few would dare taint its two-tone vinyl upholstery and SeaDek faux-teak decks with chum. Even though many boaters think of center consoles as fishing machines, none that have extensive experience with this design will be confused. It functions quite well as day boat with gobs of space open for seating—there are a dozen comfy places to kick back on the M4200, including a huge bow lounge extending forward from the console—yet thanks to the over-sized console, there’s still room to incorporate a cabin.
Down below you’ll find a mini-galley with a microwave, sink, and refrigerator, plus a berth and a head. While there’s nothing specifically wrong with the cabin, there is room for improvement. Since the M4200 is so spectacular when experienced from above decks, it’s something of a let-down to go below and find a cabin lacking any real pizzazz. Covering up the commode with something more visually appealing—it sits exposed at the bottom of the stairs—would be a good start.
The exterior of the console is the diametric opposite. At the helm you’ll find the electronic engine data displays and MFDs of a high-tech production speed boat, along with a number of custom touches like carbon fiber accents, a stitched dash top, and lighted burnished push-button switches. Kick a foot up onto the two-tiered footrest, wedge your butt into the flip-down helm bolsters, and you’re ready to rock. The whole affair is protected by a unique and curvaceous hard top held aloft by arch-style supports. And for those high-speed runs, a pair of wind dams fold out from the sides of the console. Working in concert with the flared sides of the vented glass windshield, these dams virtually eliminate wind-blast at the helm. Take a look at the helm (as well as the bow and cabin of the M4200) for yourself, in this First Look Video we shot of this boat during our test.
As you’d expect to find on a half-million-dollar high-performance day-boat, there are also plenty of details that help keep the luxury and entertainment levels high. Cup holders are within reach of virtually every seat; there’s colored LED lighting inset everywhere from the gunwales to the hard top to the hull itself, including below the waterline; there’s a door in the starboard gunwale for easy exit and entry whether you’re stepping to the dock or swimming away in full scuba gear; and the cabin is air conditioned. Naturally, the Garmin Meteor 300 stereo system is ridiculously potent. Speakers—14 in total—are integrated throughout the bow and stern cockpits plus in the hardtop. There are four sub-woofers, three amps, and two remote controls. We cranked it up during our test run in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, and people were complaining all the way from Fort Lauderdale.
Is the Mystic M4200 the right ride for you? That depends on what you’re looking for in a boat. But if generating fun is anywhere near the top of your list, this one’s going to be tough to beat. Even if it does end up getting you in trouble with your boss’s boss.
Other Choices: True center console speed boats like this aren’t very common, but shoppers looking at the M4200 may also want to look at the Nor-Tech 390 Open or the Midnight Express 37 Open. Learn more about high-performance center consoles by reading The Big Picture: Center Consoles Rule.
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|Fuel capacity||300 gal.|
|Water capacity||40 gal.|