For good reason, the expression “labor of love” gets tossed around a lot when it comes to vintage powerboat restorations. After all, the owners of such projects rarely recover what they spend giving new life to old boats. So whether they do the restoration work themselves or pay someone else to handle it, they do it out of love for the project itself. To them, the finished product is the ultimate reward.
But what if, let’s say, the restored boat also will be a surprise wedding present? That takes “labor of love” to another level, right?
That’s exactly drove the restoration of Sugar, a 20-foot Cigarette built in 1974 and restored to better-than-original condition at Potter Performance Engines in Sarasota, Fla. The 20-footer owned by demolition contractor Mark Frederico had been gathering dust in a barn and upstate New York and probably still would be had Frederico’s then-fiancé, Raffaella Curitti, not fallen in love with it.