In addition to staying busy building its own high-end epoxy and carbon fiber racing and pleasure catamarans, as well as the soon-to-be-updated Powerplay line, Mystic Powerboats of Deland, Fla., has taken on construction of Panther raceboats for the SuperStock class of Powerboat P1 USA. At present, the plan, according to Martin Sanborn of Powerboat P1 USA, is for Mystic to build the hulls and decks, which will be shipped to North Carolina for rigging and installation of their single 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines.
“Mystic isn’t set up to handle our rigging,” said Sanborn in a telephone interview from the Mystic plant this morning. “So the boats go back to the shop in North Carolina for that.”
Unlike Mystic’s own models, the boats are being built with vinylester resin and fiberglass. The hulls and decks for two of the ten Panthers currently in line for production at Mystic have been completed by John Cosker, the owner and founder of the company, and his crew.
“We’re just getting everything up and running now,” said Sanborn.
The cost of a Panther raceboat with its 250-hp outboard engine is approximately $100,000. At present, there are ten teams competing in the P1 Superstock class, which makes it the largest class in domestic powerboat racing, as listed on the organization’s website.