Said Coller, “I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.”
Earlier today, Tennessee-based performance-boat enthusiast Chad Collier met with Mystic Powerboat Sales’ Scott Sjogren and boat-painting star Stephen Miles at the Stephen Miles Design facility in Owensboro, Ky. For Collier, it was the first time he’d seen paintwork—still in process and slated for completion in mid-February—on his new low-profile Mystic C4400 catamaran, which will be powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
Collier worked closely with Miles on what will be boat’s final graphics package.
“We had some initial designs with red and black, but I wasn’t really happy with it,” said Collier. “The first time I got on the phone with Stephen we went back and forth swapping ideas, and within 15 minutes we had another idea. It started as a red-and-black boat. Now it’s a blue boat with red accents. My wife, Heather, actually came up with idea to go with blue. She has been my sounding board the whole time and has been a huge part of the process.
“I wanted something different,” he continued. “In areas around the dash and windshield Stephen has finished the paint and applied the pearl. It’s the deepest, darkest blue you’ve ever seen. Stephen is so talented—it’s been like working with a ‘dream team’ with him, John Cosker at Mystic and Scott. I can’t wait to see it when it’s finished.”
According to Sjogren and Collier, the unique 44-footer was cut down five inches. “That allowed us to really change the paint lines on the boat,” said Sjogren. “It’s much more streamlined—it looks more like a 50-foot Mystic. It should be completely over the top.”
For a closer look at the newest Mystic C4400 catamaran check out the slideshow above.
The Colliers plan to run their finished C4400 cat friends in the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run in early May. Chad estimated that he has spent more than five hours on the phone with Miles in more than a dozen calls. For Miles, who has a steady stream of Mystic M4200 luxury center consoles coming through his shop, Collier’s catamaran provided an opportunity to return to his pure performance-boat painting roots.
“The work we do on the Mystic center consoles is very clean and elegant,” said Miles. “This cat has to look like its running 200 mph even when it’s sitting still. So working on the design and painting the cat has been really cool.”
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