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Smaller Mystic Catamaran Likely

Caught up with John Cosker, the founder and owner of Mystic Powerboats at Desert Storm in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., last Friday. A long way from the company’s DeLand, Fla., home base, Cosker was on hand to support not only his customers including Jeff Stevens, owner of the JBS 50-foot-long turbine-powered catamaran, but also his new dealer Bruce Bullock of Bullock Marine.

During the past few years, I’ve asked Cosker about the possibility of Mystic producing a smaller catamaran. While he never ruled it out, he always said, in one way or another, that his current models—none smaller than 50 feet long—took all of his time.

But just for fun, I asked him again. This time, he nodded and grinned.

“I’ve been getting a lot of requests for that from people who just don’t want a large catamaran,” Cosker said. “I actually have drawings for a 42 and, you know, if I get a few orders for it I’ll build it.”

In yet another departure for Cosker—but one that makes perfect sense for a 42-footer—piston rather than turbine engines will be the power call.

If his Cosker’s phone doesn’t ring—as in off the hook—I’ll be surprised.