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Cigarette’s Big Year

With 101 high-performance boats registered for last weekend’s fifth annual Cigarette Racing Team Owners Rendezvous hosted by Performance Boat Center at the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, the storied Opa-Locka, Fla., company accomplished something special. The three-day happening saw the largest single gathering of Cigarette sportboats and center consoles in the boat-builder’s 50-year history.

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How does the world’s best-known high-performance powerboat company celebrate its 50th birthday year so far? With ongoing accomplishments. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

Not bad for a mid-Golden Anniversary year achievement, right? But the Lake of Ozarks gathering—and a whole lot of the success of that event has to be credited to Performance Boat Center’s Brett Manire, Mark Waddington and the rest of their hardworking crew—was just one of a few big things Cigarette has accomplished so far this year.

In February, Cigarette Racing Team owner Skip Braver and his team introduced the 59 Tirranna at the Miami International Boat Show. Powered by six Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engine, the super console/sport yacht hybrid is the largest model the company has ever produced. That his 33-year-old son, Chad, who holds an engineering degree from Purdue University and has worked full time at the company since 2008, played a significant role in the 59-footer’s design and development was an added bonus for Braver.

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