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    Cool Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    I have always wondered which boat would win in a drag race the Donzi or the Cig...

    Same identical set up, 525hp's, staggered engine configuration, Bravo ZR's.

    These are definitely two outstanding boats, with race heritages. Which one would be faster in flat water, mild chop, and the rough stuff????

    I was thinking the Donzi would win...
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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    I think my vote would have to go to the Cigarette Gladiator. The Donzi is a much bigger boat than the Gladiator and I think that would account for less top end

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    I would agree that for pure speed and acceleration, the cig probably has an advantage, but the weight and length probably will pay off for the donzi in rougher stuff....

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    i really like the look of the Donzi ZR model

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    not only is the donzi 2 feet longer but it ways a hell of a lot more, more weight=less top end. in a head to head drag the cigarette would definitely pull away. i also bet the cig would do better in the mild chop and maybe even the rough stuff, cigs really arent meant for perfectly glassy water.


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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    Great comparision, I would hope the cig would win, but if you got them both at the same weight and same mill that would be a great race.

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    The Zr isn't that much bigger. It's not nearly as big as a Zx. Tough choice that I'd love to have to make.

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    gettin those boats to the same weight would include stuffing the entire engine bay in the gladiator with dumbells, lol.......
    same mill. stock all around .... cig will pull away

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    Being we have Donzis and a Gladiator I had the pleasure of driving both, They are both great machines.
    The Gladiator is lighter 8ft beam and fast 525s Staggered runs 94mph.. a little rough in the big stuff
    The Donzi ZR heavier boat 8ft6 beam 525s runs 90-92 mph but get this boat in rough water and she will run true without an ass beating.

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    Re: Donzi 38ZR vs. Cigarette 36 Gladiator

    The Gladiator is 36' 11" and 8000# but only an 8' beam.
    How does that compare to the Donzi?

    Cigs are built to run in some pretty good chop.


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