Perhaps best-known in the performance boating community as a collector of fine Skater Powerboats catamarans—and he still owns two as well as one MTI cat—Ron Szolack also has owned a slew of center consoles from Cigarette Racing Team. Not only does Szolack, who spend summers in Michigan and winters in South Florida, currently own a 2018 model-year 42 Huntress GTO Reserve, he has a new 42 Auroris coming.
If the current schedule holds, Ron Szolack’s new Cigarette 42 Auroris center console will be part of the Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run fleet.
The quad Mercury Racing 450R outboard-engine-equipped 42-footer is scheduled for delivery from the Opa-locka, Fla., center console and sportboat company after the Miami International Boat Show, February 15-19, just in time for the Florida Powerboat Club Miami Boat Show Poker Run the following weekend.
“During 2020 and 2021, the COVID years, I did a lot more boating in center consoles because I could take a lot more friends and Kahley, my girlfriend, loves center consoles,” Szolack explained. “I’ve owned all three Cigarette models—the 39 GTX, 41 GTR and 42 GTO Reserve.
Szolack’s 42 GTO Reserve currently is for sale.
“By far, the 42 GTO was my favorite with its tall freeboard, separate bathrooms and tons of space,” he continued. “I took it to the Cigarette rendezvous at the Lake of the Ozarks and then used it all summer last year before I brought it to Florida. So choosing the 42 Auroris was a no-brainer.”
Szolack’s new 42-footer originally was slated for delivery in time for the 2022 Florida Powerboat Club Key West Poker Run in November, but was not ready. Though he’s confident it will be done in time for the Miami Boat Show Poker, he’s covered if it’s not. He still has his currently for-sale 42 GTO Reserve for back-up.
“Plus, I could always bring down one of my cats,” he said, then laughed. “I have three.”
Captured here on his Cigarette 42 GTO Reserve, Szolack and his girlfriend, Kahley, have been enjoying center consoles for the past few years.
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