The fourth C4400 catamaran from Mystic Powerboats since the model was introduced in early 2015 will be a “first” on at least two fronts for the DeLand, Fla., custom luxury center console and catamaran builder. The newest 44-footer will be powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines, whereas the first was powered by twin Mercury Racing 700SCi engines and the next two were outfitted with Mercury Racing 1100s.
When complete, this C4400 catamaran be Mystic’s first 44-footer powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines. Photos courtesy/copyright Shogren Performance Marine.
“It’s also our first M8 drive C4400 and I’m pretty excited about it,” said John Cosker, the owner and founder of Mystic. “It’s going to pull like crazy—it already pulls hard with 1100s.”
According to Cosker, Mystic’s C4400 hull No. 4 was originally ordered with Mercury Racing 1100s—the 1350s were slated for the buyer, former offshore racer and well-known go-fast boat enthusiast Slug Hefner, for a C5000 catamaran currently under construction. When Hefner decided to upgrade to the 1550/1350 packages, the 1350s became available and the C4400 buyer decided he wanted them.
In addition to making its biggest power move so far with the 44-footer, Cosker and company are building the six-seat cat with its lowest profile to date.
For a closer look from several angles at the Mystic C4400 catamaran under construction, as well as its engines, check out the slideshow above.
“We lowered the front of the boat quite a bit,” he said. “We got it as low as we could and still fit people in it. We’re taking a lot of what we learned from Mark Wetterau’s 50-foot Mystic and incorporating it in this boat. And we’re also taking everything we’ve learned in terms of fit and finish and quality from the (M4200 center console) and applying what we’ve learned.
“Our goal is to build three to four 44s a year,” he continued. “When you have big gaps between builds, it makes it really difficult. That’s been a real eye-opener with the 42 center console. Things flow so much more smoothly when production is moving all the time.”
Currently being painted by Doug Harrell, the new C4400 is approximately six weeks from completion. Unlike the previous three 44-footers, the fourth will have a new custom-tooled windshield from Lee Aerospace.
Editor’s Note: Speedonthewater.com will provide an update on the newest Mystic C4400 catamaran when it is completed.
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