Lamination is underway for an all-carbon-fiber 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran that will be powered by twin 2,500-hp V-16 engines built by noted engine man Keith Eickert and Don Onken, the owner of the new cat. The canopied offshore race boat, the fourteenth 50-foot cat the DeLand, Fla., custom boat company has built since it introduced the model, will be Onken’s second Mystic.
“Don is my first repeat customer,” said John Cosker, the founder and owner of Mystic. “His first boat was hull No. 7. This one is hull No. 13—I actually saved production space No. 13 for him. The Spirit of Qatar boat took the No. 14 spot.”
Cosker reportedly inked the deal with Onken, who won’t race the boat himself but will have other racers in the cockpit during the 2013 season, after the Super Boat International Key West Offshore World Championships in November 2012.
“We were talking about it before, but I think the bug really bit him in Key West,” Cosker said.
As for the Spirit of Qatar 50-foot Mystic, which Cosker said is heading to the paint shop sometime this week, it will not be ready in time for its previously planned debut at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.
“We won’t have anything on display at the Miami show,” Cosker said. “It’s kind of a bummer, but we just don’t have anything ready.”