Even the most casual acquaintances of Bob Christie, a well-known performance-boat owner and poker run enthusiast, know that he struggles to sit still. He’s good for a casual dinner with friends or a few rounds at a tiki bar, but generally speaking the 61-year-old New Jersey resident never stops moving. Among his closer friends as well as his wife Madeline and their three daughters, his current state of “retirement” is more than a source of endless amusement. It’s a punch line to bad joke.
The former owner of Speed Racer, an iconic 44-foot Marine Technology, Inc., catamaran, Christie tried—he really did—to go the center console route. To give himself a fighting chance, he even ordered Statement Marine’s first quad-outboard-engine center console, an immaculate 38-footer, after he sold his beloved cat. But after routinely running 150 mph, stretching to run more than 80 mph didn’t cut it for Christie. So, thanks to Randy Sweers at Fastboats Marine Group, he sold the Statement and bought a 2011 Cigarette 42 X with Mercury Racing 1100 engines.
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