The Mystic Experience

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For the third year in a row, Mystic Powerboats will host a Saturday lunch run for its customers in Key West, Fla., in early November. At least 15 Mystic luxury center consoles and high-performance catamarans from the DeLand, Fla., custom boat builder are heading to the city at the end of the road as part of the Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run fleet. Most will depart Thursday from Miami with the rest of the group.

A down day between offshore powerboat races, Saturday is ideal for the Mystic affair. While the Florida Powerboat Club always schedules something fun, casual and well-attended for Saturday, Mystic has taken to organizing its own customer-based luncheon at the Stock Island Yacht Club. It’s a short run for sure—about 15 minutes—from Key West Harbor to the Stock Island venue, but it’s a cool little Atlantic Ocean trek for a mellow lunch with a great group of people.

Canadian Bob Barnhart transported several guests to the Mystic Key West Lunch Run in 2018 on his M42000 center console. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Does that sound like something you’d want to do? (I’ve done it all both times and, trust me, it’s a cool way to spend part of your Key West Saturday.) You can—and you don’t even have to own a Mystic or be the guest of someone who does to get an invite.

But you do have to show up for the annual Speedonthewater/Offshoreonly Key West Bash on Thursday, November 7 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sandbar Sports Grill and bid on the Mystic Experience auction item. All it will take to get you and a friend there—on a Mystic model of course—is the winning bid.

The choice of ride will be yours.

“We have an M4200 center console, an M3800 center console and an C3800 sport catamaran we can put the winners on,” said Greg Weber, the DeLand, Fla., company’s director of sales and dealer development. “I’m not sure yet, but we may even be able to offer them transportation in a 50-foot turbine-powered Mystic cat.”

Now, that would be something worth bidding on.

Winning bidders for the Mystic Experience may get the opportunity for the ride of a lifetime in this turbine-powered 50-foot catamaran.

But even if you have to suffer through riding in a breathtaking 42-foot Mystic center console powered by Mercury Racing 450R outboard engines, the day will be memorable. Mystic principal John Cosker and Weber are exceptional hosts, and if you’ve ever wanted to pick the brain of a guy who’s run 200-plus mph multiple times in a catamaran of his own creation, Cosker is approachable and gracious as they come.

And during the luncheon, speedonthewater.com will cover your drinks. We’ll also give you a metal print of your ride that day—with you on it of course—courtesy of speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden, who’ll be shooting the run from Key West to Stock Island from a helicopter.

You may have spent time on a Mystic or two. You may only have read about them. Either way, the Mystic Key West lunch run is a rare and mostly exclusive event you’ll never forget. All you have to do is bid—and bid high, as all of the proceeds go to Key West-based Samuel’s House.

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