Back in New Jersey after last weekend’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run to Islamorada, Fla., Bob Christie, a well-known figure on the poker run scene, couldn’t be happier with how it all went. Christie and company ran from Miami to the run’s final destination in Islamorada—with a scheduled lunch stop at Gilbert’s in Key Largo—without incident in his new (to him at least) Cigarette 42 X V-bottom powered by twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines.
But wait, you’re thinking, doesn’t Christie own a wicked-cool custom 38-foot Statement center console, the first one with quad 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards, which he bought to replace his well-known 44-foot Speed RacerMarine Technology, Inc. catamaran last year? A little more than a month ago, before he moved out of the 38-footer and into the Cigarette courtesy of Randy Sweers of Fast Boats Marine Group, you’d have been right.
So why the switch from the center console to yet another pure go-fast boat?
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