For the record, as a longtime reporter covering the high-performance powerboat market I believe you have to be a little nuts—maybe even more than a little—to own a turbine engine-powered boat. When I mentioned this to New York-based go-fast boat owner Chris Cox, who recently purchased a pre-owned turbine engine-powered 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran go to with his piston engine-powered 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran, last month during the Mystic Lunch Run in Key West, Fla., he nodded and laughed.
Ever dream of owning a turbine engine-powered 50-foot catamaran? Here’s your chance—but it’s still going to cost you.
“My wife just shook her head when I told her I was buying it,” he said with a big grin on his face.
So when I saw via Facebook that Randy Sweers of FB Marine Group headquartered in Pompano Beach, Fla., was selling a 2013 model-year “unfinished” turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic cat for its original Europe-based owner, it caught my attention. It’s not every day you come across an essentially new T-53/703 turbine-engine-and-BPM-drive rigged, all-carbon-fiber Mystic cat that has never touched the water.
The more I thought about it, the more curious I became. I had to get the story.