Highs and Lows from 2013: John Cosker


With his 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamarans still earning raves from owner-fans such as Tom Borisch and Ron Szolack, it’s been a good year for John Cosker, the owner and founder of the DeLand, Fla.-based custom high-performance boat company. In 2013, Mystic both “down-sized” with the sale of the tooling for its 60- and 70-foot sport yachts to Midnight Express and “upsized”—so to speak—with the beginning of its C4000 series of 40-foot catamarans (read the story), which will be the smallest offerings in the Mystic line.

High: My Way running 224 mph (read the story) had to be my high this year. I figured it would run past 200 mph but up end somewhere in the “two-teens.” And then to see Bill (Tomlinson, the owner of the My Way 50-foot turbine-powered Mystic cat) go back out and try to beat his own number? That was amazing. We were idling along in Recycler (Don Onken’s 50-foot Mystic cat) and I pulled along Bill and asked him, “Aren’t you finished?” He said, “There’s still more in it.”

Low: Boy, it’s really nice that I have to actually think about that one a bit. It’s been a great year. I can’t think of anything I’ve been disappointed with at Mystic this year. We had a great presence at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—at one time there were four Mystics at the docks—and, of course, Bill made his record-setting run, and we kicked off the 40. I can’t think of a bad thing that happened with Mystic this year.

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