Predominantly blue, the Collier’s Mystic C4400 catamaran, which debuted last weekend at the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run, started its conceptual graphic life as a red boat. Photo courtesy/copyright Jacob Davis/Lake Life Fotos.
Participants and onlookers got their first look at Chad and Heather Collier’s new low-profile Mystic Powerboats C4400 catamaran called Habitual and powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines boiling the water during last weekend’s Lake Cumberland Thunder Run in Kentucky. The much-awaited cat made its public debut at the event and reportedly stole the show. And its owners couldn’t have been happier with the performance of their striking 44-footer.
The finished product. Photos courtesy/copyright Scott Sjogren/Mystic Powerboat Sales.
“She was a beast that ran flawlessly and was a big draw at the docks,” said Chad Collier. “The acceleration is breathtaking. I don’t know if it’s the carbon fiber making the boat stiff or if it’s the setup of if it’s the (Mystic principal) ‘John Cosker fairy dust’ he sprinkles on stuff before it leaves, but wow.”
As often happens in the custom go-fast powerboat world, Habitual’s finished paintjob, which airbrush ace Stephen Miles called his “most complicated” effort to date, change dramatically from his original concept renderings. In fact, thanks in large part to input from Heather Collier Miles and his crew at Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., changed the boat’s primary color from red to blue.
Original concept drawings from Stephen Miles Design.
“There are an awful lot of red boats out there,” said Miles. “When we changed it from red with white and gray accents to blue to red with white accents, we knew we finally had it.”