The first Mystic Powerboats M3800 luxury center console equipped with quad Mercury Marine Verado 300 outboard engines, Bill Levinson’s new 38-footer is slated to join the 45 boats registered for this weekend’s Florida Powerboat Club Tampa Bay Poker Run. Yet the boat’s owner, who took delivery of the new beauty at his nearly completed waterfront home in Lighthouse Point, Fla., last Friday, won’t be there. A prior commitment will keep him sidelined, so Ryan Zivitski, the Deland, Fla., company’s production manager, will showcase it at the Southwest Florida event.
With a new Mystic M3800 center console at his waterfront home, Bill Levinson has a dream boating setup in South Florida.
Levinson, the principal of Levinson And Associates, a national insurance marketing business in Coral Springs, Fla., describes the Mystic center console as his “first real boat.” Yet thanks to his longtime friend Gino Gargiulo, a well-known high-performance powerboat owner, he’s had plenty of exposure to the upper end of the go-fast powerboat world. Levinson and Gargiulo have tackled dozens of poker runs together in Gargiulo’s many over-the-top rides.
“I have been around Gino, so I have been around quality and I wanted quality for my first real boat,” he said. “I wanted something with a bad-ass hardtop that provided plenty of shade and all the bells and whistles—and I didn’t want to go over 40 feet. The Mystic had it all.
“Right about the time COVID-19 hit, Greg Weber of Mystic called me and said, ‘Hey, if you ‘re ready to go come to the factory,’” he continued. “So I drove there to New Smyrna Beach (Fla.), right down the road from Mystic, and took a ride in an M3800 with Ryan Zivitski. I was so impressed that I was sold.”
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Levinson returned to Mystic headquarters when his M3800 was finished a couple of weeks ago. Zivitski took him out that day and familiarized him with its operation.The boat’s lift arrived Levinson’s waterfront digs last Friday as did the boat, which like his home is color-matched to his stunning Nardo-Gray Lamborghini SVJ automobile. Once again, Zivitski took the new owner out on the water for instruction. They repeated the experience the following morning.
“By Sunday, I felt comfortable running the boat myself,” said Levinson. “John Cosker is a great designer, but the most important thing to me is that all the people at Mystic are super down-to-earth and helpful, and they kept me informed through the whole build process and gave me a lot of instruction.”
According Mystic Powerboats principal John Cosker, Bill Levinson’s four-outboard M3800 has topped out at 77 mph so far and “handles like a go-kart.”