Inside The Cigarette Difference, Part 2

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In addition to maintaining frequent communication, Cigarette has sent pictures of the boat’s progress to its owner.

In addition to maintaining frequent communication, Cigarette has sent pictures of the boat’s progress to its owner.

As you know if you read the “Inside The Cigarette Difference” feature on this website in early November, Bob and Madelyn Christie departed Racing Team more or less awestruck by their experience of ordering a new 39 GTS performance center console. Of course, being a go-fast boat lover at heart Bob Christie didn’t take long to settle on power in the form of four Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines. But choosing interior and exterior colors, amenities, appointments and more for the 39-footer took the Christies the better part of a day at the custom center console and sportboat builder’s headquarters in Opa-Locka, Fla.

Still, that doesn’t mean the Christies have been left to wait and see the final product—far from it, in fact.

About the only easy choice in the build process for Christie was power—four 350-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard, which will be dressed up custom-painted cowlings.

About the only easy choice in the build process for Christie was power—four 350-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard, which will be dressed up custom-painted cowlings.

“I have talked to Brett Manire at (Cigarette dealer) Performance Boat Center and Teresa Sarnoff at Cigarette,” said Bob Christie. “They have been keeping me informed all the way through. The first thing that happened after our visit was that they sent us a document asking us to sign off on everything we’d discussed at Cigarette. We actually made a couple of changes based on those documents after I had a conversation with Brett and Teresa about them. Then they sent back what I asked them for in writing.

“Once the boat came out of the molds and was ready for paint I received another phone call from Teresa, just to reconfirm paint details such as whether the ghosting of the Cigarette name was going over the stripe rather than under it,” he continued. “And she just called me this week and sent me a picture of one of the outboard engine cowlings to confirm what part I wanted painted silver. So I’m feeling pretty good about it.

Christie, who will spend the New Year’s holiday in Miami with his wife, had hoped to check out the boat’s progress again firsthand in late December. Unfortunately, he’ll have to wait until late January—the next time the New Jersey-based longtime performance-boat owner will be in Florida—as Cigarette takes its traditional weeklong break in late December.

The brand-new 39-footer will be part of the always extensive and impressive Cigarette display during the 2017 Miami International Boat Show in early February, after which the Christies will take delivery of the center console and use it in the Florida Powerboat Club’s Miami Boat Show Poker Run. In the meantime, Bob Christie said he’s looking forward to ongoing communication with the Cigarette and Performance Boat Center teams, as well as receiving more photos.

“It’ll be really neat with they put on the T-top and finish painting the outboard cowlings,” he said. “Then you’ll really be able to see the colors.”

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Matt Trulio is an award-winning journalist who has covered the high-performance powerboat world since 1995. He wrote for Powerboat magazine for 17 years and was the magazine’s editor at large until it ceased publication in 2011. Trulio is the founder, editor-in-chief and publisher of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site that covers the high-performance powerboat realm. He’s also the former editor of Sportboat magazine.

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