Mystic’s C4000 catamaran delivers the most comfortable rough water ride of any outboard catamaran on the market. With interiors as comfortable as they are stylish, it isn’t difficult to see why we refer to our fourth-generation cat as the “gentleman’s catamaran.” Its ample cushioning, open cockpit and stability mean you get to enjoy incredible speed and performance in absolute comfort, whether you’re cruising your local waters or taking part in an exciting poker run.
What Makes a Good Catamaran?
Like all boats, certain characteristics make one catamaran superior to others. While no catamaran is “perfect,” we’re not shy about saying we think the Mystic C4000 comes pretty darn close. What makes for a dream catamaran? Crucial attributes include:
- Ease of handling
- Weight-carrying ability
- Bridge deck clearance
- Cockpit configuration
- Deck surface design
- Structural integrity and seaworthiness
- Windward ability
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at each of these traits and talk a bit about how they affect performance, comfort, and safety.
How Luxury Catamaran Design Has Changed
Catamaran design has evolved dramatically over the past years. Today’s trends are bigger boats with broader hulls and larger main decks. Yet, earlier multihull catamarans were heavier compared to today’s models, with their narrow beams, high freeboards, and inefficient underwater designs. Previous iterations were also prone to hobby horsing, the tendency of a boat to pitch bath and forth like a rocking horse.
Designs for the latest generation of catamarans are drawn from studies of these past issues and effectively increase the boats’ seaworthiness by leaps and bounds. Constant reimagining and reconfiguration continue today, as evidenced by revolutionary technological advances like lighter, stronger composite materials, which elevate the performance level of newer catamarans tremendously.
The Mystic C4000 catamaran is an exciting and fun sailing vessel with great space, comfort, and performance. It’s no surprise it’s become the high-performance sport catamaran of choice for so many.
Dream Catamaran Characteristics
A well-designed luxury catamaran features so much space and feels so luxurious, you almost forget you’re out on the water. Here’s what to look for before investing in a high-speed cat of your own.
Stability & Weight-Carrying Ability
Unlike monohull designs that typically carry more weight without much loss of performance, overloaded power catamarans rapidly lose performance and, eventually, safety. To counter this, dual hull designers and builders have looked for ways to reduce construction weight and increase their catamaran’s potential payload capacities while retaining optimal performance.
When measuring a catamaran’s power-to-weight ratio, look for hulls with cored construction and interiors built with lightweight materials. Core materials are the go-to way to reduce weight and stiffness in a catamaran. Designers and builders know cored composite fiberglass boats have better weight and performance characteristics than solid fiberglass structures have.
Fiberglass boat panels get their strength from the exterior ply and thickness. Coring adds different materials between two thin layers of fiberglass, with the result being a panel that’s superior in nearly every way. In recent years, great strides have been made in how builders core hulls, particularly when it comes to preventing water intrusion.
Good stability in a catamaran is when the righting forces and healing forces are in balance. How does coring improve stability? Monohulls rely on a heavy lead keel to keep them upright. But catamarans rely on the boat’s beam and the hulls’ buoyancy for stability. Monohulls typically heel and spill wind when their sails are overpowered. Power cats, though, can only respond to a wind gust’s pressure by accelerating. They must be extremely strong to hold together, and coring makes that possible.
When you think about it, a luxury catamaran performs an amazing feat as it contends with all the opposing forces native to the multi-hull design. That makes it critical to ensure the designer and manufacturer of your luxury cat is reputable and has a proven track record of demonstrating structural integrity.
Bridge Deck Clearance
No matter what their design or construction, all catamarans “slam” or have waves hitting under the bridge deck. Usually noisy and sometimes disconcerting, the slamming can take some getting used to for boaters used to other designs like center consoles. First-timers often say the slamming noise had them convinced the catamaran was going to break up and sink. Once you understand the nature and makeup of a catamaran, though, you know there’s no need to worry. Slamming is a natural part of enjoying a catamaran—it’s the degree of slamming that makes the difference between a comfortable ride and a frightening experience.
What does all this have to do with bridge deck clearance?
Bridge deck clearance is a major factor in predicting the slamming level of a catamaran’s design, with higher clearances producing less slamming. The boat’s weight also factors in slamming, and lighter boats with more buoyancy perform better, rising on waves and reducing slamming substantially.
Many people believe luxury catamarans are okay in some sea conditions but not others. But that’s just flat-out wrong. A super light, lean, and long catamaran greatly improves the boat’s upwind performance. So, too, does the cat’s reduced weight. That makes high-performance cats superior in every way out on the sea.
It’s a misconception that power catamarans can’t point as high as monohulls. Mystic’s C4000 catamaran is designed to reduce windage and improve the boat’s windward performance, especially in stronger winds.
From a safety perspective, you want a catamaran deck that’s as wide and as flat as possible. The open cockpit design of Mystic’s C4000 is far superior to older models whose cockpit to mast surface presented a significant tripping hazard.
The C4000’s deck layout makes for ease of handling and total comfort. Boaters can easily walk unhindered from the cockpit to the mast. Steps are set at a reasonable angle and are wide and easy to climb. And the open cockpit design makes for optimal visibility from the helm whether you’re out on the water, maneuvering, or docking, ensuring your boat and fellow travelers are fully protected.
How Fast Can a Catamaran Go?
Power catamarans are in a whole different category when it comes to speed. Their composite construction technology gives them a big advantage in lighter materials and sleeker designs, with no one design element or piece of gear dominating the vessel to the detriment of others. All in all, a modern high-speed catamaran is pleasing to most people who enjoy its exciting, safe, and seaworthy performance.
Because catamarans have less water resistance and only need four times the power to double their speed, they’re generally faster than monohull designs. Speed is typically measured in knots. A knot is one nautical mile per hour or about 1.15 miles per hour.
Compared to other boat types, cats exhibit more speed, with most power cruising catamarans able to reach speeds of 70 knots or just over 80 mph. At this past summer’s The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, “American Ethanol,” a 2013 Mystic catamaran owned by Don Onken, took top honors, achieving an average speed over multiple runs of 184 mph!
How to Choose a Luxury High-Speed Catamaran
Are there compromises to be made when selecting a luxury catamaran? Sometimes, but with the Mystic C4000’s thousands of available customizations, it’s unlikely you’ll need to settle for a boat that doesn’t have all or most of the features you want.
Mystic’s designers are skilled in helping new and veteran luxury catamaran owners choose the right boat for their dreams. We expertly guide you in configuring a boat that conforms to how you intend to use it.
About Mystic Powerboats’ C4000 Catamaran
Choosing a catamaran is a highly personal choice, so we don’t say there is a “perfect” cat that works for everyone. Following these tips can help ensure you choose the right cat for you.
- Know ahead of time how you intend to use your catamaran. For instance, if you want to primarily boat on weekends or short trips, you’ll want to choose design features different from those needed to handle longer distances.
- Most modern cats offer equal levels of comfort and performance, but if you value speed most of all, you want to think about how much weight the conveniences you choose will add to the boat’s weight.
- Think about your capabilities and skills. If you tend to believe that bigger is better, keep in mind your experience level. Of course, boating skills can be learned, but you don’t want your cat ownership to start on a frustrating note.
The bottom line? There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to choosing a high-powered catamaran. But since it’s one of the biggest investments you’re likely to make in your lifetime, it makes complete sense to ensure you have loads of information going into the transaction.
Mystic’s C4000 catamaran has always been defined by innovative design, unparalleled aesthetics, and fine craftsmanship. And each of our cats has done its part to take speed to ever-higher levels. In the eight years since Don Onken’s winning American Ethanol catamaran was designed and built, our luxury performance catamarans have gone through significant changes that make them ideal for both fast and relaxing days out on the water. They deliver the industry’s most comfortable rough-water ride supported by:
- Ample cushioning.
- Comfortable yet extremely functional luxury with stylish interiors that are also practical.
- An open cockpit.
High-performance cats depend on the motors they’re equipped with to deliver the speed their owners crave. The twin Mercury 450R engines on the C4000 produce an incredible amount of torque while featuring advanced sound control. Their inspired engineering means they deliver 450 peak horsepower while staying 300 pounds lighter than their nearest competitors.
Mystic’s fourth-generation catamaran is also lighter and swifter than previous models, accelerating harder to please high-performance catamaran lovers everywhere. If you’re a serious lover of speed and adventure, you should seriously consider a high-power cruising catamaran like the C4000. With its impressive looks and easy manageability, our newest cat delivers unmistakable benefits other catamarans don’t.
Advantages of the Mystic C4000 include:
- Double hulls that provide superior stability at rest and on the water.
- Wide-apart, twin-engine propellers that make maneuvering and spinning easy.
- The ability to head into more shallow waters.
They say you can tell a gentleman or gentlewoman by their ability to uplift and inspire their own and others’ lives. They challenge themselves in the best possible ways and are confident about their choices. When you invest in a high-powered luxury catamaran from Mystic Powerboats, you’re proving just how accurate that definition is!
If you’re ready to make the investment in a custom-built catamaran like the C4000, you won’t be disappointed by its fuel efficiency, performance, style, and speed. Contact us online today to schedule a personal consultation and to learn more about the joys of owning and operating a Mystic C4000 cat.