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Work has begun on the hull plug for the new C4000 “Baby Mystic” catamaran from Mystic Powerboats in Deland, Fla. While the cat is being dubbed a “40,” its overall length will be 42 feet and its running surface length will be 38 feet. Maximum beam will be 11 feet.
According to John Cosker, the owner and founder of Mystic, the cat will have the same six-seat cockpit as the 50-foot Mystic but in a “more manageable size” boat.
“We’ve been playing around with the 40 for a few years, but at the Miami Show in Februrary we came back and started working on it in earnest,” said Cosker. “We have three or four clients we’re working with to put together deals on it now.”
The crew at Nordic Boats is hard at working putting the finishing touches on a couple of new boats. First in line is the all-new 39-foot V-bottom. According to Kevin Doane, general manager for the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., company, the boat is currently being rigged with staggered Mercury Racing HP700SCi engines paired with No. 6 drives.
“After we built the new 42, we had a lot of people wanting something in the 38- to 40-foot range so we decided to build the 39,” said Thane Tiemer, who has been designing and tooling boats for Nordic for nearly five years. “This boat has staggered 700s. The last V-bottom I designed with 700s was Hallett’s 33, and I went a little more aggressive with this one.”
Tiemer is expecting excellent performance results and is excited to have the expertise of John Lovell, Nordic’s production manager, to help set up and dial in the boat, for which Nordic has yet to determine a base price.
If all goes well in negotiations among Sam Cole, the H1 Unlimited hydroplane chairman, Wan Hongjun, the Chinese Motorboat Association general secretary, and Zhengmin Shi, Beijing Kingolym President, there could be a race in China on the 2012 Air National Guard Series H1 Hydroplane tour. Though the deal is far from complete, Cole said he is optimistic about the chances of a tour stop in China.
“We are excited about engaging Beijing Kingolym to make this expansion happen,” Cole said. “They have worked with boat racing in the past, have the support of the leadership of the Chinese Motorboat Association, and have opened an office in Beijing to take this to the next level.”
There are several significant challenges to overcome to make the race a reality, starting with securing a working agreement with the Union Internationale Motonautique, the international governing body for powerboat racing, to expand the tour with additional international events. On the internal side of the sport, teams would need to convert to using containers for shipping their boats and equipment to China.
Technically speaking, this is still the off-season for domestic offshore racing. The first races of 2012 under the various sanctioning bodies don’t kick off until April. For most teams, it’s a time to tinker with the boat, send out “Hail Mary” sponsorship proposals, and tackle a few neglected indoor home improvement projects.
But that’s far from the case for Miss Geico Racing, which fields the impossible-to-miss neon-green turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic catamaran.
“We’re busier in the off-season than we are during the racing season,” says Marc Granet, the driver of the boat.
“I haven’t been home on a weekend since Christmas,” says Scott Begovich, the cat’s throttleman. “We’ve been knee deep in boat shows since January.”
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