Slug Hefner—the speedboat enthusiast who has owned multiple Mystics, MTIs and Skaters—today took delivery of a Mystic C4000 catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 450R outboards.
Hefner, of Poplar Bluff, MO, has owned a variety of Mystics, including an M4200 center console, the first C3800 cat out of the mold (as well as another C3800), and a 50′ Mystic that he still owns and operates. His boats all bear the name Dirty Duck. Today he picked up the boat at Mystic’s factory in DeLand, FL, and will start hauling it home immediately. Naturally, he does most of his boating on the Lake of the Ozarks.
Although he hasn’t water-tested the new C4000 yet, he says, “The ride was phenomenal in the other two Mystic cats that I had. They’re such a good rough-water boat and have a lot of space inside. It’s very, very user-friendly boat—it’s easy to tie off and put your fenders out. You can stand up at the front and walk all the way to the back of the boat and get in the water without climbing over anything. The older and fatter I get, the more I need that,” he laughs.
Hefner met Mystic President John Cosker several years ago, when Cosker was helping Don Onken build the famous American Ethanol Mystic. “Earl Moorman, a guy who used to crew with me and run offshore with me, introduced me to John. I liked his products, including his 50-footer, and I wound up buying one from him. We ordered this C4000 back in September, but with the Covid pandemic, we weren’t really in a hurry to get it done. What I like about Mystic and John is that so far, they’ve done everything they said they were going to do. My experience with the company has been very good.”
The new C4000 is an all carbon-fiber boat weighing in at 6,960 pounds; Hefner says was clocked at 120 mph during its on-water test in Florida. Mystic’s catamarans can be customized to feature an “open arrangement” cockpit similar to how his C3800 was designed; his C4000 sports this same arrangement. The boat also features power jackplates, lots of storage space, underwater lights and cockpit lights, and custom adjustable sliding seats. Like Hefner’s previous Dirty Duck boats, it’s white with duck-centric decals.
The only question remains: Will Hefner plan to keep the C4000 for a while? “I think so,” he says. “I don’t run my 50 very much anymore. I think we’ll take this C4000 to the Super Cat Fest—West in Lake Havasu in the spring.”