Why the Open Cockpit Design of Mystic’s C4000 is a Thrill for Every Passenger

Why the Open Cockpit Design of Mystic's C4000 is a Thrill for Every Passenger

Yes, the Mystic C4000 catamaran is built for incredible speed and is known for its comfortable rough-water ride. But one of the biggest and most unique differences of the C4000 compared to similar boats is its sizable open cockpit design.

Why does that matter?

Leaving the cockpit open, as with any other luxury yacht, provides easy access to the water from the transom while letting you walk the entire boat and enter the water without climbing over anything. And since the C4000 is designed to make every precious moment on the water count, the reduced weight that comes with an open cockpit enhances its performance, makes for lower maintenance, and ups the fun.

The comfort and security of the C4000’s handcrafted seats combined with your choice of thousands of customizations, including gorgeous color combinations, make this high-performing catamaran perfect for both the pleasure of racing or a relaxing day out on the water, soaking up the sun. And the wraparound windshield ensures all boat occupants are fully protected. However you choose to customize your catamaran, the C4000 delivers an overall classic, elegant, and relaxed atmosphere unlike any other luxury cat on the market today.

One of our most popular cockpit configurations calls for:

  • Four individual bucket seats forward
  • A small bench immediately behind
  • A sundeck at the stern

All the seats are adjustable, have wide padding, and customized sliding. The pilot and co-pilot seats are divided by a central support, where the throttle levers, gearbox knobs, and two cup holders are installed separately. You also enjoy the latest generation electronics, plenty of storage space, underwater lights, and cockpit lights. 

Powered by dual powerful Mercury Racing 450R outboards, the C4000 can easily exceed 100 mph with the reliability and assurance only these types of engines offer. Fast and comfortable, there’s simply no other luxury catamaran like the C4000.

What’s Not to Love About High-Speed Catamarans?

If you love speed and adventure, a high-power cruising catamaran may be the luxury boat for you. The impressive looks and easy manageability of the Mystic C4000 offer singular benefits over other types of custom boats:

  • The two hulls provide superior stability at rest and on the water.
  • The twin-engine propellers are set wide apart, making for easy spinning and maneuverability.
  • You can take a custom catamaran into more shallow waters than with other boats.

As the saying goes, the journey is the joy, and in your custom-built luxury catamaran from Mystic Powerboats, you’ll soon find out just how true that is. Defined by innovative design, unmatched looks, and fine craftsmanship, the C4000 will meet your highest boating standards.

Offshore Racing Ideas

From the Roar Offshore Powerboat Races in Fort Myers Beach to the annual Clearwater Hooters Offshore Nationals, these types of events have dramatically increased in popularity. Dating back to 1954, when the first Miami-to-Nassau ocean powerboat race was held, offshore racing, parties, great food, and parades offer serious speed lovers a chance to share a full day of racing with family and friends.

Mystic C4000 owners can rocket across the waves in these and many other official and non-official action-paced races. Easily topping 100 miles per hour, the C4000 is among the fastest catamarans on the water.

How do catamarans hit those speeds? They pack air under the hull and benefit from a less wetted area or hydrodynamic drag, enabling them to capitalize on their horsepower more than other speed boats. Because water is “sticky,” the higher a boat’s hydrodynamic drag, the more loads put on the engines. Here’s a land-based comparison to give you an idea of what we mean. Imagine driving a truck up a steep hill at 50 mph in second gear while pulling a trailer—that’s essentially what it’s like for boat engines every time they’re used!

It goes without saying that if you have a fast boat, you’ll want to pursue a speed record. And where there’s more than one fast boat, it’s a given there will be racing! Of course, whether anyone will ever top Australian Ken Warby’s 1978 317.6 mph remains to be seen. The same can be said for Daryl Ehrlich’s just under 261 mph in his hydroplane drag boat back in November 2009. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all types of high-speed boat racing.

The recreational catamaran market caters to both drivers and passengers, making the boat racing much different from the pros who steer the single-seat variety. Many forms of boat racing and classes take place on rivers, lakes, and seas across the U.S. There’s drag racing, “cracker boxes,”  hydroplanes, inboard endurance, inflatable “Thundercats,” Jersey Skiff racing, personal watercraft, jet boats, and even vintage and radio-controlled racing. There are even events and classes for kids and teens.

The American Power Boat Association is the governing body of boat racing in the U.S.; if racing interests you enough to want to get involved, visit their website for more info.

Top-Speed Requires Top Safety Measures

There’s no doubt in the world the racing thrill you get in your Mystic C4000 cat is what it’s all about. But there are important high-speed safety lessons all boaters should heed, no matter what their skill and experience. The last thing you want is one unsafe move turning a great time on the water into a bad day.

Safety at Rest

Your high-speed catamaran safety story actually begins before you get on board. An inflatable life jacket is a must. Sure, you may be able to swim as well as the next person, but what happens if when you hit the water, you hurt your arm, leg, or head? Falling out of a boat at rest is one thing, but if you fall out at speed, you’re very much in danger of hitting a propeller or the boat’s side. When you hit water the wrong way at high speeds, it’s like hitting concrete, and you’ll be mighty grateful for the life jacket to keep you afloat!

Next, you want to walk through the boat and check the engines, fluids, steering, and batteries to ensure everything’s as it should be. This is of paramount importance if you’re planning to race, as even a single minor malfunction could cost you victory. While many recreational boaters are eager to just jump in and go off towards the horizon as they would with the family car, boats need way more pre-adventure attention. For instance, if you don’t check the hydraulic steering fluid before heading out, you have a potentially serious situation waiting for you on the water if the fluid turns out to be low.

Know Your Boat

For new boaters particularly, it can feel like you’re going much faster when on the water than it does on land. Fifty miles per hour at sea can often feel like you’re flying! Because speed feels much more intense on the water, especially when you go through in wind, rain, or other natural elements, it’s critical to know your catamaran inside and out.

Before inviting friends and family onboard, some experts recommend testing your cat by finding a quiet place on the water with your life jacket on and a friend at your side. Practice making turns at a speed of approximately 30 mph and get a feel for how your boat reacts. How does it handle the added weight or wakes? Do you notice any changes when there are guests up in the bow or all on one side? What’s it feel like when you have full fuel and half fuel? The more educated you are on how your custom boat responds, the better it’ll be when you need to make quick on-the-water decisions. For instance, maybe you’ll only need to turn the wheel ten degrees when making an evasive maneuver.

Keep Your Eyes on Your Surroundings

Just like when you’re driving on a crowded highway, you need to stay vigilant of your surroundings while out on the water. Multiple center consoles may blast by you, or a cruiser might be coming from the opposite direction 30 mph. Or they’re happening at the same time. As the pilot, you need to be hyperaware of what’s going on around you at all times.

A good rule of thumb is to assume the other boater isn’t aware of you or has an issue they’re dealing with you’re unaware of. When you find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, you want to be sure you know one or more ways to get out of it. Think fast!

So, You Think You Understand Speed?

We all do—until we learn there are no brakes on boats! With boats becoming faster every passing day, people need to be more aware than ever of what’s around them and what it’ll take to bring the boat to a halt. “Closure speeds” that professionals or longtime boaters are used to take a while for newbies to learn. It’s sort of like thinking you have time to cross the street, but once you step off the curb, the cars seem to be coming at you a whole lot faster than you thought. For land drivers, the average reaction time before stepping on the brakes is, give or take, around one and a half seconds. A boat that’s traveling at 50 mph is covering nearly 75 feet per second. A hypothetical reaction time of 1.5 seconds means the boat will move more than 100 feet before the action you’re attempting takes place!

To help you estimate how far your boat will move before you react, this breakdown will give you a good idea.

10 mph – 22 feet
15 mph – 33 feet
20 mph – 44 feet
25 mph – 55 feet
30 mph – 66 feet
35 mph – 77 feet
40 mph – 88 feet
45 mph – 99 feet
50 mph – 110 feet
60 mph – 132 feet
70 mph – 154 feet
100 mph – 220 feet

When you’re out on the water, take time to look around and ask yourself: “Am I a safe enough distance from the other boats around me?”

Evasive Maneuvers

Unfortunately, the same unsafe behaviors people exhibit in cars, such as lane wandering, texting, or tailgating, also happen on the water. It’s crucial for boaters to know how to get out of hazardous situations. For instance, instead of turning the wheel sharply or pulling back the throttles, you might avoid a collision by simply accelerating and turning slightly.

That’s because, when you hard-turn the wheel at a high speed, you can throw off the boat’s center of gravity (CG) and knock your passengers around. The boat could also spin out. Gradual turns are often the best way to proceed. Of course, if you make it a habit to anticipate everything that might happen around you, you can usually avoid needing to make drastic maneuvers. How is the wake from another boat going to affect the other boats around you? Is that jet-skier to your left paying attention? How about the boat pulling a tuber? Will they be making a turn?

Over time, you’ll be able to discern what the waves are doing or whether the center console in front of you is under power. The bottom line? Assume you’re the only boater on the water with a plan!

The Mystic C4000’s stylish lines differentiate it from other catamarans, and its open cockpit design makes it easier to operate and enjoy for novices and experienced cruisers alike. To learn more about just how fun life on the water in a custom-designed, luxury catamaran can be, contact Mystic Powerboats online today to schedule a personal consultation.