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Bring On Boyne

Last week, I snagged a few minutes of Chris Mills’ time, which is never easy to get leading up to the annual Boyne Thunder Poker Run in Boyne City, Mich.—a delightful community approximately 200 miles north of Mills’ Boat Customs facility in Caledonia, Mich.

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The team at Boat Customs recently finished some updates to Travis McDougall’s Mystic C4400 catamaran that is going to be on hand for the Boyne Thunder Poker Run in Michigan next week. Photo courtesy Chris Mills

He was busy putting the finishing touches on a few notable boats that are going to be showcased at this year’s 15th anniversary of the event that takes place July 13-14 on Lake Charlevoix, Round Lake and Lake Michigan. Likely the biggest showstopper on and off the water (assuming it’s on display at Friday night’s street festival), the Low Altitude Mystic Powerboats 50-foot catamaran owned by Tom Borisch is all set for the event, according to Mills, who sent the video I added to speedonthewater.com’s YouTube page of the boat’s turbine engines spooling up.

Another boat Mills just wrapped up in time for the poker run is an updated Mystic C4400 cat powered by twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines tuned up by Mark Boos of Precision Marine. The 44-footer is owned by Michigan performance boater Travis McDougall, who owned another standout Boat Customs’ project boat I wrote about for my OffshoreOnly.com column in May 2017—a 42-foot Statement Marine V-bottom he ran in the 2017 Boyne Thunder Poker Run. Mills said McDougall’s Mystic received a nice update to the existing paint job plus an interior overhaul.

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