Inside SOTW Mag: Mystic C4400 ‘Habitual’ Profile

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For Chad and Heather Collier of Tennessee, everything about their new Mystic C4400 catamaran proved more than worth the wait. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Had it not been for his persuasive wife, Heather, Tennessee’s Chad Collier likely would have joined his own Old Hickory Fun Run, Raft-Up and Pub Crawl this summer in a Mystic Powerboats M4200 luxury center console with 1,600 hp worth of outboard engines rather than stealing the show in a new low-profile Mystic C4400 catamaran powered by 2,700-hp worth of Mercury Racing quad overhead cam turbocharged stern drive power. Last March, the Colliers, who formerly owned a Mystic C5000 cat, headed to Florida for the Palm Beach International Boat Show to hang out with Mystic principal John Cosker and Scott Sjogren of Mystic Powerboat Sales and do a little boating, maybe even buy a boat.

But what Chad Collier had in mind was completely different from what Heather Collier had in mind.

“She was the one who wanted cat,” said Chad. “I would have bought Win Farnsworth’s 42-foot Mystic center console—they had it on display in Palm Beach—on the spot. That’s the truth.”

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Inside SOTW Mag: Rollin’ on the River

For the river rats who lay claim to both the New York and Canadian sides of the St. Lawrence River, the dedicated performance boaters from the area who knew what they wanted out of another event and the townsfolk who greeted the poker run participants with open arms, the sold-out inaugural 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run in Clayton, N.Y., was an all-out success.

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In terms of scenery, boating destinations don't get much better than the 1000 Islands. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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Inside SOTW Mag: Shootout Beyond Compare

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The 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout proved once more why it remains the biggest and best event of the boating season. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

That a humble Minnesota dentist and his soft-spoken son and an elite Illinois-based entrepreneur/manufacturer and his brilliant engine builder could steal the show at this year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout tells you everything you need to know about makes the Central Missouri happening the most important and enjoyable event in high-performance powerboating. As they have since 2012, Dennis and Jason Parvey climbed into the cockpit of their 17-year-old, 43-foot open-cockpit Black Thunder V-bottom and ran as fast as they could down the three-quarters-of-a-mile course on shootout weekend in what is—for all intents and purposes—a big full-cabin pleasure boat with a pair of 2,000-hp supercharged engines under its hatch.

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Inside SOTW Mag: Boyne’s Thunderous Applause

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For all the right reasons, the summer’s hottest poker run happens in Northern Michigan. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Consisting of three or four small square blocks on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, downtown Boyne City, Mich., is less than a mile south of the tiny A-frame home my girlfriend and I rented for a six days in early July. That made renting bicycles once we’d gathered essential provisions—self-lighting Kingsford mesquite charcoal, beer-drenched Johnsonville bratwurst, Tito’s “Handmade” vodka and a few other staples of life—a must for our stay.

We hit the Family Fare market Sunday evening, about an hour after we pulled into town, but the local bike store was closed. Road weary after the seven-hour drive from Chicago, we headed to Café Sante for dinner. It was a perfect, if slightly breezy, Northern Michigan evening.

The next morning, we walked to North Country Cycle Sport to rent bikes. Too polite to laugh in my face—you probably want to book your bike rentals before you arrive in a seasonal tourist town during the busy July 4 holiday week—the young store owner said he’d take a look downstairs to see what he had left. Before he vanished, I mentioned that I was in town to cover the upcoming Boyne Thunder Poker Run.

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Live Now! SOTW Mag Packed with Summer Blockbuster Coverage, Mystic C4400 Cat and More

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Coming in at 94 photo-rich, entertaining pages, the July/August 2017 issue of Speed On The Water digital magazine is live now and can be downloaded at no charge by clicking here.

Here’s quick look at what you’ll find in this stunning issue.

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