Put in some run of the mill 600 or so HP, 540CI engines and some CMI's and you have a really kick azz boat, that is turn key reliable and running 90 +- but cruising at 65 and this hull loves that speed in nasty 2-3' chop.
Also the step hull on this boat is not as loose as th TS TG. The old conventional TG with the 540's will still only run in the mid to high 70's.
Your fuel bill will be a lot less with the Scarab.
If I was in the buyin mood I would definitely look at it. Nice.
I was in your position 16 years ago. I will share my experience with the 90's Cigs and scarabs. I wanted either a Cigarette or a Scarab, I ended up buying a Scarab and have been very happy with them. Why the Scarab: The cabin was nicer and laid out better for an overnight with my three daughters. We can sleep five in the cabin. It has an enclosed head, important when my daughters have friends out. The cockpit felt larger and more comfortable.
Performance wise, the Scarab was much faster with the same power and the ride was better as well. The Cigarette, at cruise speed felt like a cork in the water. I remember that the Scarab stayed on plane at 2800 rpm while the Cig. took close to 3500 rpm to get the boat to feel as if it wasn't laboring. I was disappointed. Now that was an older '92 or '95 Cigarette...I can not remember.
I was on a Playboy in the inter coastal as a guest of Cigarette back
I believe in 2000. We where running about 60- 65mph and it seemed to run well.
Then in 2003 I saw what I perceived to be a good deal on a Tiger.
I went to Florida and the boat was just too rough. Awesome looking boat, but the cock-pit is too small and no head.
Cigarette has always done a nice job with graphics and I realized that's was what I was attracted to. I also liked the helm of a Cig.
I suggest you look at well taken care of Cigs and Scarabs, test ride them, see which fits your needs.
I hope this helps.
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