As a venue for new performance-oriented powerboat debut, the annual Speed Week in Key West, Fla., in November is a mixed bag. On the plus side, with annual Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker and the Super Boat International Offshore World Championships boat builders in town for the week boat builders have a captive audience. The downside is that in addition to sensory overload from all fine hardware at the docks, that audience faces the endless distractions of Key West.
Still, Mystic’s new M3800 luxury center console managed to stand out, though technically its official public debut happened during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show earlier in the month. That the new 38-footer, which boasts a 10’6” beam and comes standard with twin Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines, took a bit longer to produce than anyone the DeLand, Fla., center console and catamaran company predicted didn’t matter to anyone who got to take a ride on Mystic’s newest creation.
As it happened, I was among those lucky folks. On Saturday, I caught a ride with Scott Sjogren, Weber and several guests on the M3800 to the inaugural Mystic Powerboats Key West Lunch at the Key West Marina Harbor.
Conditions that morning were bad enough to force the Florida Powerboat Club to scrap its planned raft-up at Woman Key, which made them ideal for my introductory ride on a boat that Cosker and Sjogren had described as incredibly dry and stable in rough water. I expected the M3800 to live up to those descriptions and it did as we ran into two- to four-foot seas at 40 to 45 mph.