Forgiving. That was the word that came to mind while I piloted a Mystic Powerboats M4200 luxury center console during last summer’s Old Hickory Fun Run in Tennessee and crossed some big cruiser wakes at a soft and frankly less-than-ideal angle. I expected the 43-foot-long, almost 11-foot-wide stepped-hull to at least roll from side to side courtesy of my inept angle of attack. But that didn’t happen. In fact, the quad 400-hp Mercury Racing Verado outboard engine-powered beauty didn’t even budge.
Other words such as quiet, solid, elegant and even nimble—at least for its considerable size—came to mind during the 45 fruitless minutes I spent trying to find water on the Cumberland River that would challenge the M4200 owned by Vinnie Foglia of Chicago. But here’s the thing: All of those words were mine and were based on a fine and fun day in the water that involved less than an hour of personal seat time.
So to learn more I turned to three of the 12 folks who have purchased the M4200 from the DeLand, Fla., luxury center console and catamaran company so far as well as university-trained naval architect and Mystic Powerboats founder John Cosker and his business partner Scott Sjogren of Shogren Performance Marine, the company’s global dealer in Gurnee, Ill.
The cool thing? All confirmed—and expanded on—the impressions I formed in 45 minutes.
To enjoy the comprehensive feature on the Mystic M4200 luxury center console, download the Sept./Oct. 2015 issue of Speed On The Water Digital Magazine at no charge by clicking here.