With all the ongoing buzz around Mercury Racing’s introduction of its supercharged 450R V-8 outboard engine earlier this year, it’s easy to forget that the Fond du Lac, Wis., high-performance marine engine and accessories company unveiled a stout naturally aspirated outboard based on the same V-8 platform in mid 2018. That 300-hp engine is proving popular in the sport catamaran and performance-oriented center console applications, and to that end Mystic Powerboats will display its first M3800 equipped with a trio of them on its transom on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which runs October 30 through November 3.
Powered by Mercury Racing 300R outboard engines, this Mystic M3800 center console will be on display next week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
“This is the first 38-foot center console we’ve done with triple 300Rs and it runs great,” said Cosker. “I was very impressed with how it ran in its first sea trial. It runs 70 mph and jumps on plane thanks to all that V-8 torque.”
While the M3800 that will be on display in Fort Lauderdale is equipped with Mercury Racing’s least powerful V-8 outboard, the Mystic M4200 center console and C3800 sport catamaran that will share the spotlight with the 38-footer are powered by Mercury Racing 450Rs, the most powerful outboard ever offered by the company.”
“The M4200 we’re showing in Fort Lauderdale is loaded,” said John Cosker, the owner and founder of DeLand, Fla., custom center console and catamaran company. “It’s the first one we’ve done with front and rear thrusters.”
According to Cosker, the Fort Lauderdale show has become a particularly effective sales environment for Mystic in the past couple of years.
“The old Thunderboat row where they used to exhibit Apaches and so on has been regenerated with performance center consoles,” said Cosker. “ That has definitely revived the Fort Lauderdale Show for us.
“Last year, we walked out of Fort Lauderdale with two orders for 38-foot cats,” he added. “We did better there than we did at the Miami show.”