John Cosker, owner and founder of DeLand, FL-based Mystic Powerboats, is making sure that the company gets maximum exposure in his home state during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the Key West Offshore World Finals.
First up is the Lauderdale show, scheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 at seven locations across the city, including the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, where Mystic will be exhibiting at Dock 26 in the Red Zone H/I location. This will be the fourth year Mystic has shown its boats at the Ft. Lauderdale show; this year, they’ll be exhibiting three boats: a M4200 Center Console vee bottom, an M3800 Center Console vee bottom, and a C3800 catamaran.
“Our new dealer network we launched at the beginning of this year is starting to work really well and kick in—we have 20 boats on order right now, and more are rolling in,” Cosker told Powerboat Nation.
The 38’ vee will be powered by triple 400 Mercury Racing outboards (and featuring Seakeeper anti-boat rolling technology); the 42’ vee will sport quad Mercury Verado 350s with the joystick docking-control system; and the 38’ cat is the model recently delivered to Slug Hefner at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—and subsequently tested by Speedboat Magazine. (Look for the team’s review in early 2019; Cosker reported a top speed of 102 mph.)
Immediately following the Lauderdale show is the Super Boat International World Finals in Key West, along with the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run, led by Stu Jones. “We’ll have about 15 boats going to Key West,” Cosker says, “and at least half of those will be doing Stu’s poker run.” On the day before the final Key West offshore race—Saturday, Nov. 10—Mystics will participate in an owner’s Fun Run to Stock Island for the second consecutive year.
“We’ll have lunch and hang out,” Cosker says. “We kind of use it to get feedback from the customers on what they like, or what they don’t like, and what they’d like to see in a new product.”