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Mystic’s Second Key West Lunch Run Doubles Attendance

What a difference a year makes. In 2017, Mystic Powerboats held its inaugural Owners Lunch Run in Key West, Fla., on Saturday during the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships and Florida Powerboat Club poker run events. The day featured a short trek out of the main harbor in the city at the end of the road to the Key West Harbour Restaurant on Stock Island. About a half-dozen boats and a mix of 30 Mystic owners and their guests attended.

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Today’s Mystic Owners Lunch Run from Key West to Stock Island was a hit. Photos courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

With 13 boats and more than 70 attendees at today’s function, the DeLand, Fla., high-performance center console builder “hit it out of the park,” as one participant put it. Mystic owner and founder John Cosker and his director of powerboat sales and dealer development were delighted with the turnout for the late-afternoon lunch run, which was preceded by an aerial photo session handled by speedonthewater.com chief photographer Pete Boden.

While Mystic M4200 center consoles—including Bob Barnhart’s immaculate new 42-foot Predator 2.0—comprised most of the fleet, there were a few catamarans in the mix. They included the first C3800, which is owned by Missouri’s Slug Hefner (who was joined in the cockpit of the Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engine-powered 38-footer by Super Cat Fest organizer Alvin Heathman), a Mystic C4400 and a vintage 2010 turbine engine-powered C5000 owned by Chris Cox of New York.

It wasn’t all center consoles at today’s Mystic event.

Said Cox, who also owns the famed Envy Mystic C5000 and was joined by Cosker in the cockpit of his turbine engine 50-footer, with a chuckle, “When I told my wife I was buying it, she just shook her head.”

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