While John Cosker of Mystic Powerboats and Scott Sjogren of Shogren Performance Marine, the DeLand, Fla., luxury center console and catamaran builder’s global dealer based in McHenry, Ill., had planned on having two M4200 center consoles on display at the recent Miami International Boat Show, that planned changed when one of the 42-footer’s—owned by Ron Szolack for a couple of months—sold before the event. So Cosker and Mystic ended up with one M4200 and a C4400 catamaran at their docks during the show, which ended Monday.
Said Sjogren: “Having a boat the water ready to go for demo rides was a great asset.”
The 44-foot cat gathered plenty of attention, but the center console—owned by well-known performance-boat enthusiast Win Farnsworth, who also has Low Altitude, a turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic cat in his stable—was the star of the show for Mystic. Far from its prototype form introduced at the 2015 Miami event, Farnsworth’s M4200, which will be part of the 2016 Desert Storm Poker Run in fleet in April, saw almost continuous demo ride duty Thursday through Sunday. (Monday’s rough weather deterred a lot of attendees from heading out for boat rides.)
“This was Mystic’s best Miami Boat show ever,” said Sjogren. “Not only did we take two orders for M4200s, we got more good sales leads than we could have imagined.”
Sjogren said that, for the most part, he and Cosker, as well as Shogren Performance Marine’s Greg Weber, enjoyed the new Miami Marine Stadium and Park venue for the show on Virginia Key.
“Having a boat the water ready to go for demo rides was a great asset,” he said. “The only downside of the new site for the show, in my opinion, was having to wait in long lines for the shuttles back to the hotel at the end of every long day. You can handle that for one or two days, but it gets old for five days when you’re worn out. The show’s management needs to work out the transportation issues, but other than that we really liked the new venue.”