Years ago, I gave up trying to explain to people that Cigarette is a powerboat brand, not a powerboat type. First, it doesn’t really matter all that much—most people think “Cigarette” and they see something really sleek, pointy, and sexy that moves across the water like nobody’s business. And that’s enough for them.
Second, Skip Braver, the owner and chief executive officer of Cigarette Racing Team and the rest of the crew at the iconic Opa-locka, Fla., company have zero problem with that image—it’s fine with the Cigarette folks. And that’s enough for me.
But in addition to all those “Cigarette boats,” the company makes several high-performance center-consoles that have attracted both traditional go-fast boat buyers (burned out on the lack of versatility and utility in their purpose-built speed machines) and new blood to the marketplace. During the 2015 Miami International Boat Show in February, the builder introduced a model called the 41’ GTR, a luxury performance center-console that is the outboard engine-powered sister ship to the 41’ Stern Drive 1040 introduced last fall.
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