A tough act to follow—that’s probably the best description of the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Cigarette Racing Team 50 Marauder GT S Concept sportboat as it related to another Cigarette model, the 41′ GTR luxury performance center console, released during the 2015 Miami International Boat Show in February. And yet the 41-footer, the outboard-engine-powered cousin of the 41′ Stern Drive 1040 model that the company introduced in late 2014, is something that the 50-footer isn’t.
A boat you can order right now.
“I really can’t sell the 50 just yet,” said Skip Braver, the owner and chief executive officer of Opa-Locka, Fla., company. “We have some more marketing projects, some here and some overseas, we have to complete before we can start seriously trying to sell that boat. The marketing value of that collaboration with AMG has been absolutely incredible. But it’s more than that. In today’s economy, it shows that we are a real company and that Cigarette is a luxury product. If someone is going to give us a $300,000 or $400,000 deposit, they need to know that we are going to be there tomorrow. The people at (Mercedes AMG parent company) Daimler—with the background check and vetting they do—don’t just do business with anyone.”
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