John Cosker, the founder and owner of Mystic Powerboats in DeLand, Fla., has never lacked for ambition. On the heels of releasing a new 38-foot luxury performance center console to go with his 42-footer, Cosker unveiled a 38-foot catamaran to go with his 44- and 50-footers. That the two new models were unveiled in the same 18-month span, give or take a few weeks, speaks volumes about Cosker’s endless drive and generally fearless nature.
Who else would look forward every year to throttling a catamaran—one of his own creations in fact—to 200-plus-mph as he did at the 30th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout last month? (To all the brave would-be throttle jockeys out there: It’s one thing to say you’d like to do it, but quite another to actually climb into the cockpit and risk life and limb to get it done.)
To date, Mystic has sold six M3800 center consoles and seven C3800 catamarans since introducing both models, all while continuing to sell and produce M4200 center consoles. Cosker is quick to credit Mystic’s dealer network with locations in Missouri, Ohio, Southwest Florida and New Jersey. He also credits Greg Weber, his national sales manager, production manager Ryan Zvitski and the rest of the team at Mystic for their dedication to keeping things in motion.
Still, Cosker remains the driving force behind Mystic. As it happens, this time of year—between last month’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run in November—is one of his favorites.
“This is when I can get back behind the computer and start designing again,” he said. “That’s what I really like to do.”
“We have about 15 boats going down in two waves to Key West in November,” he continued. “One wave will be going down on Thursday from the east coast of Florida. Another group, led by Bob Barnhart (who recently took delivery of a new M4200) will be going down from the west coast of Florida. I’m heading to Key West with Chris Cox, who owns the Envy Mystic catamaran. He bought another turbine-powered, six-seat 50 Mystic cat we built years ago that’s never been used. So we’re going to take that down there.”
Cosker and company have plenty of work to get done between now and then. They have M3800 center consoles going to buyers in California and Missouri, as well as an M4200 heading to a client in Ohio. The second C3800 catamaran is being painted, the third one is out of the molds and the fourth one is being laminated.
While the first 38-foot catamaran built with the same lamination schedule and vacuum-infusion process used for the C4400, all subsequent models employing a lighter lay-up to accommodate outboard engine power.
“We have not weighed the first one with the new lamination schedule yet, but we’re hoping to save 800 pounds on that model,” said Cosker. “We had a great reception with the C3800 at the Lake of the Ozarks last month. We actually sold one out there. We’re building a good backlog of orders. And we’re building a 42-foot center console demo boat for the factory here.
“I think we are going to produce a bigger center console next year,” he added. “People have been asking for bigger and smaller, but bigger is the way we’re going.”
Of course, Cosker continues to think big. That’s just the way he is.
Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.