After receiving the completed interior from Premier Performance Interiors in Sarasota, Fla., late last week, Mystic Powerboats buttoned up its latest 50-foot pleasure catamaran, which is powered by twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines.
The new 50-foot pleasure catamaran from Mystic is currently on its way to Missouri. All photos courtesy Mystic Powerboats
According to Mystic founder John Cosker, the boat left the company’s DeLand, Fla., facility on Tuesday and is being delivered to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks where its new owner, Southern California’s Mark Wetterau, will take delivery of the 50-footer and have it on display front and center at next week’s Super Cat Fest at Camden on the Lake Resort.
“I think this latest 50 is the best one we’ve built,” said Cosker, who is driving to the Central Missouri lake today to be there in time to dial in the boat with Wetterau this weekend and then spend a couple of days helping Don Onken and the Recycler crew prepare their 51-foot Mystic cat for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. “The team at PPI in Sarasota did a fantastic job with the cockpit. They mainly do production interiors, but I’m impressed with Chris Johnson and everyone over there. They worked with us on colors, texture types and much more to get things just right.”
Cosker said he was especially impressed with the stitching throughout the upholstery, which Johnson said is PPI’s new cable stitch—a thread that is five times thicker than the standard 138 thread.
Check out a few images of the 50-footer’s cockpit in the slideshow above.
“The new cable stitch really completes the tailored look of the interior—we are the only manufacturer to have this in marine grade,” said Johnson, who added that Cosker is a pleasure to work with and very open minded to suggestions. “The upholstery we used is called Izit Leather. Izit is a man-made leather that is extremely soft and plush. It’s hard to believe you can put it on a marine application like this, but it works and looks great.
“Each seat has multiple densities of foam to form and fit most body types, and keep everyone safe and comfortable over a long period of time,” Johnson added. “Although I design and create the first interior, the real credit goes to the 32 employees at PPI. They produce more than 50 interiors a week and they all have to look as good as my first one.”
According to Cosker, the open-cockpit pleasure boat performs as nice as it looks.
“We have a little more testing to do at the lake this weekend, but I’m impressed with the boat overall,” said Cosker, who pointed out that next week’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout will feature the most Mystics ever assembled in one place—five 50-foot cats, two 44-footers and a pair of 39s-foot luxury performance center consoles. “The boat runs great—it turns nicely and tracks fantastically with the rudder. It’s a turnkey 2,700-hp 50-foot catamaran that runs a respectable top speed. Ten years ago that was nearly impossible to achieve.”
Cosker gave a lot of credit to Wetterau, who was very hands-on in the build process. From working closely with Dean Loucks and the talented team at The Art of Design in Elkhart, Ind., on the catamaran’s paint job to bringing a less-is-more approach to the cockpit, Cosker said Wetterau has a great eye for detail.
“There were some things Mark insisted on that I wasn’t too sure about, but he was right,” Cosker added. “He came here a number of times and brought a lot of good ideas to the table. We’re fortunate to have a customer like Mark who has owned several first-class boats and is used to having the best of the best.”