Earlier today, noted performance-boat enthusiast/owner Win Farnsworth of Denver joined one of the most elite groups in the high-performance powerboating world, a club that includes Mystic Powerboats founder John Cosker and Dave Callan, Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe, Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani and Steve Curtis, and David Scott and John Tomlinson. That’s because Farnsworth—with Cosker on the throttles—drove his recently acquired Low Altitude 50-foot Mystic with twin 1,800-hp T-53 turbine engines to 200 mph and change today on the St. John’s River near the company’s headquarters in DeLand, Fla.
Low Altitude carried Farnsworth, Cosker and Farnsworth’s friend Christopher Kissinger to 200 mph today.
Farnsworth visited the Mystic facility today to pick up his 50-footer, which the company had been sprucing up since he purchased it from Tom Borisch. (The turbine-powered cat formerly ran as JBS Racing under owner Jeff Stevenson.) For Farnsworth, it was the experience of a lifetime. (Christopher Kissinger, a friend of Farnsworth, also was on board for the 200-mph run.)
“It was surreal,” he said. “The boat rolled out of the water and we never lost sight of horizon. It just lifted out of the water, I could hear the air packing into the tunnel and turbines getting going—it was almost like sensory overload. Before I knew it we were running 160, 170 mph. It didn’t take any time at all. And then we just kind of punched it a little and we were running over 200 mph. John said it was the fastest he had ever run this particular boat.
“We eased out of it and John said, ‘What do you think?'” he continued. “I was still trying to gather my senses. It’s powerful, unrefined and smooth—it’s a pure performance boat, a full-pedigree raceboat, as opposed to my other boat. The DCB (Silver Lining, an M41 cat powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines) is like driving a Bentley at high speed. The DCB is extraordinarily fast, but it’s a luxury boat with Bluetooth in the intercoms—you can make a phone call when you’re driving or riding in it. Between the power and the noise—the charging systems make a lot of noise, the gearcases make a lot of noise—the Mystic has a real serious feel to it.”
The 50-footer currently is in route to Denver. Next up for Farnsworth and his new ride, as well as his 41-footer, is the Desert Storm Poker Run.
“It is everything it was billed to be,” he said. “Now it’s going to be a matter of getting in it, getting some stick time and getting comfortable docking it. I expected running it to be really difficult, but it wasn’t. It was easy to start and easy to operate. It’s pretty unique.
“I am excited to get it on the nice long sections of Lake Havasu,” he continued. “My wife (Melissa) will never be in this boat, I can tell you that. It would scare the snot out of her.”