Does anybody really buy a boat because it has "world champion" painted or slapped on its hull sides? Does anybody really buy a boat because a scary-fast one-off, and I don't care if it's a Fountain or an Outerlimits, sets the fastest kilo mark?
Cool stuff to talk and brag and argue about, but when it comes time to drop a few hundred thousand bucks or much, much more on a boat, does that kind of stuff close the deal?
I don't think so. Current or ancient history, against a mixed fleet or in a stacked deck, the "world champion, offshore racing" stuff is marketing. Sure, Cigarette hasn't won anything in a while. Does anyone doubt that Cigarette makes a great boat, regardless?
As for the F-4, someone nailed it in a post very early on. Looks great, built great, runs great by all accounts. But whether or not Sunsation can compete in the same market as Cigarette, Outerlimits or Nor-Tech remains to be seen. I think everyone wishes Sunsation the best, but only time will tell.