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Catching Up With John Cosker


With production of his center console and catamaran models flowing smoothly, the creative founder and owner of Mystic Powerboats finds himself right where he’s always wanted to be. Photo courtesy/copyright Shogren Performance Marine.

That John Cosker, the man behind Mystic Powerboats in DeLand, Fla., chose to travel 200 miles by water from Daytona Beach to Palm Beach in a center console—one he designed and his company built—late last week speaks volumes on the evolution of his custom boat company. Sure, he needed to have at least one M4200 luxury center console on display at the Palm Beach Boat Show, and he actually ended up with two. But Cosker could have had a staff member haul his latest 42-footer, hull No. 11 delivered out of 15 sold since February 2015, to the event.

Instead, he decided to run the boat, which was built as a demo model for global Mystic dealer Scott Sjogren of Shogren Performance Marine in McHenry, Ill., to the show.

“The boats are just fun,” said Cosker. “It took about five hours to get there, and I ran anywhere from 45 to 60 mph. It was a very enjoyable trip.”

Coming from a man who’s spent more time at 200-plus mph on the water, thanks to his own Mystic C5000 catamarans, than just about anyone, that’s saying something.

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