In a Fort Myers Offshore fleet stacked with performance center consoles and a few go-fast catamarans, Bill Foresnki’s 2008 Cigarette Racing Team 39 Top Gun Unlimited sportboat stands out. That’s not simply because the stepped-hull 39-footer powered by twin supercharged 868-hp engines is a V-bottom, but because it is a gorgeous V-bottom that looks like it might have just rolled brand-new out of Cigarette’s headquarters in Opa-locka, Fla.
Unlimited Patience is Bill and Patience Forenski’s fourth Cigarette (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
But named for Forenski’s wife, Patience, Unlimited Patience isn’t new—it’s an 11-year-old boat that began its life powered by stock Mercury Racing 700SCi engines with NXT1 drives that had 320 operating hours before he purchased the 39-footer in October 2017. The V-bottom is the fourth Cigarette for Forenski, who lives in Delaware and owns three-outlet WMF Watercraft and Marine, a full-service multi-brand powerboat dealership featuring Avalon and Tahoe pontoon boats and more. The 42-year-old and his wife, who have a second home in Cape Coral, Fla., and are active members on the nonprofit FMO club, previously owned a 2002 Cigarette 30 Mystique, a 2003 Cigarette Mistress and a well-known 2007 Cigarette 38 Top Gun called Smoking Gun.
“I bought the 39 from a friend of mine,” Forenski said, then laughed. “When I buy a boat, I like to do them my way.”
“He’s kind of intense about his boats,” said Patience Forenski, who also chuckled. “He’s kind of intense all the time.”
For Bill Forenski, getting Unlimited Patience to his liking required a few upgrades. To that end, he tasked Jason Ventura at Brand X Hi-Performance Marine in Pompano Beach, Fla., to handle restoring the boat’s exterior paintwork to like-new condition. Ventura and company repaired and flawlessly blended the scratches and chips in the 39-footer’s paintjob. But that was just the beginning.
“Jason completely redid the dash,” Forenski said. “It was blue and I didn’t really like it, so he pulled it out and painted it silver. He installed all new bezels and gauges and a flush-mount GPS unit. Jason and the team at Brand X always do an amazing job—they take their work seriously and they’re very professional.
“I also never liked the boat’s interior,” he added. “So I had Fineline Marine Interiors completely re-do it.”
For a closer look at the 39-footer, check out the slideshow above.
While Unlimited Patience was getting a facelift at Brand X, its heart and soul—meaning its original 700-hp engines—were getting major surgery with complete top and bottom rebuilds and new Stage 4 Whipple supercharger kits at HRE Racing Engines in Cape Coral. Brand X handled their immaculate reinstallation and rigging.
With 16”x-38” forged five-blade Hering propellers putting the power to the water, Forenski has seen 112 mph in his 39-foot Cigarette. “There’s probably more in it but I’m really not that interested. I’m not a guy who wants to run really fast, 90 to 100 mph is fast enough. My last boat ran 84 mph, but it wasn’t quite fast enough.”
Like so many performance-boat owners of his generation, Forenski caught the go-fast boating bug from the Miami Vice television show, which his father, who passed away in December 2018, introduced him to. He was 10 years old when he saw his first episode of the fabled 1980s TV program.
To that end, Forenski currently is in the process of having a 29-foot, Miami Vice-themed Avalon pontoon boat built. Powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboards—the same power that pushes his current 29-foot Avalon to an impressive 72 mph—the boat should be finished in a month or so. Forenski said he plans to keep it until it sells, which doesn’t please his wife.
“I want to keep it,” Patience said. “But he’s going to sell it. He does that to me all time. I haven’t figured out how to stop him.”
“I build a theme pontoon boat every year,” said Forenski, who enjoys his pontoon boats as much as his 39-foot Cigarette. “My last one was called Orange Crush.
“I love my Cigarette,” he added. “But we also love our pontoon boats. We have the best of both worlds.”
As for Patience, she’ll have to be true to her name and hope that someone doesn’t buy the new pontoon boat her husband ordered before it sells. But at least she’ll still have the Cigarette.
Sitting home behind the Forenski’s second home in Southwest Florida, the 39-footer is their favorite Cigarette to date.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “It’s my favorite boat so far.”