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We have such a colorful history because we have been MAKING history.

While Cigarette Racing Team's foundation was heavily rooted in offshore powerboat racing, currently, the "Next Generation" of Cigarette looks beyond racing to marketing partnerships for its growth and refinement. The R&D of racing that was pertinent in the early 1970's is no longer the driving force in performance boating. Demographics and lifestyles have changed and Cigarette, under the ownership of Skip Braver, who achieved his 10th model year in 2012, has also changed, as it recognizes the evolution of the performance brand and culture. Entrepreneurs, families, retirees, multi-boat owners, serious "veteran" powerboaters and new boaters are all part of the evolving customer base, and Cigarette listens to their needs.

Cigarette also recognizes that like-minded performance aficionados like the customers of AMG and Ducati are prime candidates for introduction to the similar caliber of power on water. By aligning with these types of performance, luxury brands, Cigarette sees the broadening of its market, attracting the formerly non-boating performance enthusiast to the thrills of powerboating in a Cigarette.

Cigarette's 2012 model year reflects the tastes, boating preferences and priorities of the Next Generation of powerboater. More space for more people, flexibility, luxury and technology are the driving forces behind a higher appreciation for the new face of performance--and Cigarette delivers all those priorities in all its new models from the 39 Top Gun Open to the 42 Huntress. While classic, sleek and sexy inboard powerboats are still the roots and a mainstay at Cigarette, the new performance center console, the non-fishing, "fish boat" with storage, sun pads, wet bar and cup holders rather than live wells, bait boxes and rod holders, comprise the Next Generation of powerboating. Lower cost, maintenance and management, at only slightly lower speeds are now part of Cigarette's heritage. Add water sports gear, picnic baskets, coolers and dozen or so of your favorite friends, family and boating buddies, and you've got a performance party on water, without sacrificing the power, brand or status that has been known as the performance icon since 1969--and that IS The Cigarette Difference!

We have such a colorful history because we have been MAKING history.

While Cigarette Racing Team's foundation was heavily rooted in offshore powerboat racing, currently, the "Next Generation" of Cigarette looks beyond racing to marketing partnerships for its growth and refinement.

1960's - The dawn of Don Aronow's powerboat legend. The Birth of Thunderboat Row

Early retirement from the construction industry and relaxation weren't in Don Aronow's blood. As he cruised in his own custom-built sport fisherman and shared stories with the boaters in Miami, he heard of the Miami-Nassau race. In 1962 he commissioned a 28' boat, barely lost his first race due to a blown engine and was officially bitten by the racing bug. He built three boat companies and numerous boat models, then founded the most legendary, Cigarette, earning the title, "The King of Thunderboat Row"--the empire he built on 188th Street in Aventura, Florida.


Making his 1969 debut in a 32' deep V hull with twin Kiekhaefer 475 hp MerCruisers, "The Cigarette," named for a notorious prohibition-era rum smuggler, Aronow won the Long Beach to Ensenada Mexico Race averaging 76.2 mph. Racing in both the US and Europe, Aronow won 8 races, broke the Miami-Nassau speed record, and set others in France, England and Italy; he won a third consecutive US championship and his second world championship in three years.

1960's - The dawn of Don Aronow's powerboat legend. The Birth of Thunderboat Row

Early retirement from the construction industry and relaxation weren't in Don Aronow's blood. As he cruised in his own custom-built sport fisherman and shared stories with the boaters in Miami...

1970's - Champions are built - Cigarette Racing Team proves its mettle.

In 1970, Aronow was named the world outstanding powerboat driver for the second time and earned the UIM Gold Medal of Honor, joining Gar Wood as the only Americans in history to receive the prestigious honor. He retired from racing-on the top of his game.


The 28' "Standard," an open fishing model with a small front cabin and 165 hp MerCruisers, was introduced as the first production boat of The Cigarette Racing Team. In 1973, the then US Ambassador to China, George Bush, Sr., bought his first Cigarette, a Standard, named "Fidelity" with twin 185 hp Mercury Engines. It is currently housed in the museum at the George Bush Library in College Station, Texas. As President of the United States, George Bush, Sr. took delivery of several Cigarettes.

Sales surged and a new race boat was underway--The Cigarette 36. This Cigarette had a narrower beam and extended transom became the new dominant powerboat. In one bought by Carl Kiekhaefer, powered with 475 hp MerCruisers, Gene Lanham and Dr. Bob Magoon won the Hennessey World Championship in Key West. Magoon captured 5 more events and the US Open Class Championship.

Other stellar racers like Vincenzo Balestrieri, Billy Wishnick, Ronny Bonelli, Tom Gentry, Roger Hanks, Sandy Satullo, Carlo Bonomi, Rocky Aoki, Snapper Norris and Billy Martin continued the Cigarette dominance of offshore racing. Speeds climbed and Cigarette championships mounted.

A new cockpit and cabin-equipped 28' SS (Super Sleek) was introduced with engine packages that took speeds from the 50's to the 80's. Meanwhile a 40' race boat prototype was unveiled and bought by Roger Penske.

In 1974 The Cigarette 35 "Awesome" was introduced and as a pleasure boat, attracted the world's elite including King Juan Carlos of Spain, King Hussein of Jordan, the Prince of Kuwait, Princess Caroline of Monaco and the King of Sweden.

In a decade of racing news, Cigarettes took championships and podiums in both US and international races. Carlo Bonomi in Dry Martini II, a 35 Cigarette with twin 600 hp Kiekhaefer Aeromarine engines, won the second consecutive World Championship; Bob Magoon earned the Charles F. Chapman award for record-setting time in the Miami to New York race, a 1,257 mile run, done in a 40' Cigarette with 500 hp engines; Rocky Aoki won the last running of the Miami-Nassau race in his 35' Cigarette, "Benihana Spirit"; Bob Magoon, in famed race car driver Roger Penske's 40' Cigarette, "Cam 2 Motor Oil" won the Benihana Grand Prix in Pt. Pleasant; racing legend Tom Gentry brought the Sam Griffith Cup World Championship back to the US in the Bicentennial year in a 35' Cigarette, "American Eagle"; Bob Nordskog of Powerboat Magazine broke the world straightaway speed record in the Catalina Speed trials at 90.55 mph in his 35' Cigarette, "American Viking"; Don Aronow's record streak of 8 wins from the 1969 season was broken by England's Michael Doxford, who won 9 victories (both in the US and England) in two Aronow-designed and built Cigarettes, "Limit Up" with MerCruiser 625's'; Billy Martin's 39 Cigarette "Bounty Hunter" won 8 races and set a world competition mark of 88.9 mph' Betty Cook became the first woman to the prestigious Cowes-Torquay-Cowes race in a 36' Cigarette, "Kaama."

In 1977 the 35' "Mistress" was introduced as a refinement of the "Awesome" with a new interior. Aronow raved about the new boat saying, "She performs like a Mistress should."

A 20' deep V was also developed and the little speed boat with a single 350 Mercury stern drive captured the market with its sleek lines and comfortable ride.

Aronow was also inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame joining famed Floridians like Chris Evert, Jack Nicklaus, Rick Barry and Bob Griese.

In 1978, Cigarette was sold to Halter Marine, then the world's largest builder of offshore support vessels for the oil and gas industries. Though he stayed on as a Board member for some time, Aronow left Cigarette to pursue horse racing and escape the rigors of powerboat production and racing. He shortly thereafter purchased another plot of land nearby on 188th street and started to develop some new ideas for powerboats.

1970's - Champions are built - Cigarette Racing Team proves its mettle.

In 1970, Aronow was named the world outstanding powerboat driver for the second time and earned the UIM Gold Medal of Honor, joining Gar Wood as the only Americans in history to receive the prestigious honor. He retired from racing-on the top of his game.

1980's - The Legend expands - then meets an untimely end

Squadron XII became Aronow's new venture where he explored a new 27' and 39'--but was only able to produce 12 boats per year per his agreement with Halter Marine. Then Halter offered him the opportunity to buy back into Cigarette, which he did and merged it with Squadron XII.


Bill Elswick had won the Class I championship in a 39 Cigarette, "Long Shot" and Jerry Jacoby, president of Hawk Engines, who had purchased a specially built 37.5' Cigarette, powered with his engines, "Ajac Hawk" won the world championship with Aronow's help in 1981. Rookie Eddie Trotta overcame giant seas to win the 1981 Bacardi Cup in his 39' Cigarette, "Rampage."

By early 1982, the Cigarette logo had become a registered trademark; Aronow bought our Halter Marine's remaining shares and then in a surprise move, sold the company to Jerry Jacoby. The sales agreement had a strict non-compete clause that Aronow could not build any V-bottom boat until 1987.

Aronow then began work in a new, nearby plant on some experimental boats including a 30' tunnel hulled unlimited hydroplance, under the name USA Racing; he also experimented with catamarans, creating the 39' Bluewater cat.

In 1984 Jeffrey Friedman bought the company and in 1985, the new 24' Cigarette "Firefox" was introduced at the Miami Boat Show--a single-engine, sit down speedster.

After the Cigarette name was licensed in Europe, international sales grew.

In 1986, the "Cafe Racer" was introduced as a re-designed 35 with softer lines, patented flush deck hatches, a built-in faring, recessed sun cushions and a sliding cabin door. Aerodynamic and sleek, the model remains a classic.

In 1987 the 38' "Top Gun" made its debut with several versions including the SC and the SEC, fully loaded. The Top Gun remains one of the most popular, long-standing Cigarette models.

A 31' "Decathlon" was introduced--a center console outboard to accommodate a variety of water sports. The 31' "Bullet," inspired by Steve McQueen, was introduced to combine speed and cabin comfort.

In 1987 the legendary Don Aronow was shot in front of the factory, on the very street he had created, Thunderboat Row.

In 1989, the Platinum Series "38 Top Gun" and 35' "Cafe Racer" were introduced, loaded with extras for performance and panache.

1980's - The Legend expands - then meets an untimely end

Squadron XII became Aronow's new venture where he explored a new 27' and 39'--but was only able to produce 12 boats per year per his agreement with Halter Marine. Then Halter offered him the opportunity to buy back into Cigarette, which he did and merged it with Squadron XII.

1990's - Sustaining a legend - the end of an era

In 1990, the 42' "Revolution 188" was introduced, with reference to 188th Street, with a new hull and deck with a twin canopy, pods and a recessed sun cushion. Highly popular in Europe, the boat was exemplified by "Hard Candy" a well-known model in the U.S.


In 1992, the 46' "Rough Rider" was introduced, followed by the triple-engine 38' "Evolution" in 1993 which was shipped to Europe.

In 1994, a new company, CRT, Inc. was formed by Bob Torter and Craig Barrie.

In 1995, the Cigarette 20' was reintroduced as the "Cacu" - the French word for "show off." The 20 footers are still valued today as fun, well-handling boats that have been collected and retrofitted by many Cigarette owners.

In 1997, the 42' "Tiger" was introduced based on the "Revolution" design but with an open cockpit and new deck. It was followed by a 33' "Open" with a center console to accommodate fishing, cruising and watersports. New lamination procedures were introduced with vacuum bag construction and revolutionized Cigarette design.

The Top Gun hull was introduced as the "F-2" to attract aspiring racers to the v-hull double engine class named Factory II or F-2. It was a standard production class, for boats built to "race on Saturday, run on Sunday." The Cigarette F-2 won the SBI World Championship in its first year, piloted by then Cigarette President, Craig Barrie and VP, Scott Smith.

In 1999, the Cigarette 50 "Aventura" and 45' "Heritage" diesels are manufactured by Otam in Italy under the Cigarette name.

Also in 1999, Cigarette introduced the step-hull, changed upholstery style, revamped the line and increased production. At the end of the 1999 racing season, in a 38 "Top Gun T/S" (twin-step) then Cigarette owner, Jack Cabassa and Miami Cigarette dealer, Phil Lipschutz won the New York City Grand Prix against a fleet of 19 F-2 boats and went on to win the Super Boat International (SBI) national Championship in the Bahamas.

1990's - Sustaining a legend - the end of an era

In 1990, the 42' "Revolution 188" was introduced, with reference to 188th Street, with a new hull and deck with a twin canopy, pods and a recessed sun cushion. Highly popular in Europe, the boat was exemplified by "Hard Candy" a well-known model in the U.S.

2000's - New blood, new location, new philosophy at the New Cigarette Racing Team

In 2000, the 500th Top Gun is produced and goes on a European promotional tour. In the US, the 35' "Playboy Edition" is produced through a license agreement with Playboy magazine, complete with the "Playboy Extreme Team"--a group of "Bunnies" who participated in various race events.


Racer Brett Furshman in the 38 "Top Gun T/S" repeats as National Champion and also takes the SBI World Championship title in Key West.

In 2001, the 36' "Gladiator" was introduced as the sleeker, lighter sit-down option to the Top Gun. Yachts International magazine's Michel Karsenti raced a canopied version and won the first race at the Miami SBI event. Team Virgin took the open cockpit version to the APBA Offshore circuit and won the F-2 National and World Championship titles.

The 42 "Twin Step" with twin Mercury 575 hp SCi's added a new performance dimension to the popular 42 Tiger and was followed by the introduction of the 30' "Mystique".

2000's - New blood, new location, new philosophy at the New Cigarette Racing Team

In 2000, the 500th Top Gun is produced and goes on a European promotional tour. In the US, the 35' "Playboy Edition" is produced through a license agreement with Playboy magazine, complete with the "Playboy Extreme Team"--a group of "Bunnies" who participated in...

2002 - A New Decade - The Cigarette Difference

In 2002, Chicago businessman Skip Braver bought a 42 Cigarette and then bought the company to enhance the future of both the boats and the brand. At the Miami International Boat Show, he introduced both the "Stealth"--a 46' concept boat that got rave revues for ingenuity, showing a glass cockpit, thermal imaging camera, unique styling and paint theme, combining military, yachting, aerospace and boat building technologies.


The 600th "Top Gun" was also displayed at the boat show, further demonstrating its long-standing popularity and the 35' Cigarette was re-named the "Mistress" in memory of Don Aronow's favorite 35.

The 46' Rider won Powerboat's "V-Bottom" of the year award.

In 2003, a new "42 X" hull and deck design made its debut on the Poker Run circuit, with Cigarette's President, Skip Braver and then VP, Neil Hernandez at the helm.

The City of Aventura re-zoned 188th Street from commercial to residential use. After almost 40 years of dominance as the street where offshore legends were built, Thunderboat Row's days were numbered. Braver began a search for a new Miami location for the Cigarette factory.

Cigarette, undeterred by the pending move, introduced two new concept boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show: the 46' "American Muscle" featuring new twin-supercharged Mercury Racing engines rated at 1075 hp and the 46' "Rum Runner" recalling Don Aronow's inspiration for the original Cigarette name--a prohibition era rum-runner's vessel called "The Cigarette."

In 2004, Cigarette Racing team moved into its totally renovated, state-of-the-art facility in Opa-Locka, Florida, approximately 15 miles due west of the 188th Street location. The 150,000 s.f. complex housed the manufacturing factory, corporate office, a showroom and company retail store. The facility received raves from customers and media who marvel at the marked change from the cramped 30,000 s.f. space in Aventura to the spacious, immaculate and well-conceived factory layout.

Cigarette received Mercury Racing's TEAM Accreditation for the 1075 and 850 SCi engines as Cigarette worked closely with the engine manufacturer to validate these and other new engines.

The 46' "Strip Poker" and 45' "Maximus"--a sit-down powerboat with a center-drive--were introduced, followed by the 30' "Vice"--positioned as an "entry level" Cigarette and reminiscent of the 30' "Mystique."

The Thunderboat Row Special Editions were introduced, commemorating the history of the company in updated versions of the 38 Top Gun, 42 X and the 46 Rider. Each was painted in a classic gold, red and black design and carried on the message, "The Alley May Be Gone, but the Thunder Remains."

In 2005, the 39' Top Gun Unlimited was introduced as the sleeker, staggered engine version of the Top Gun, with a totally new deck and hull. It received the coveted Powerboat magazine V-bottom of the Year award.

The "American Muscle" series continued with new versions each season, "American Muscle" II and III.

Cigarette was featured in business stories in Business Week, The New York Times and CNBC's "Squawk Box."

Hurricane Wilma struck South Florida and the Cigarette factory survived severe damage.

In 2006, the 38 "Top Gun GT" was introduced at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show, including a new deck and hull while maintaining side-by-side engine configuration, updating the 38 Top Gun to complement the 39 "Top Gun Unlimited."

The 50' Marauder was introduced at the Miami International Boat Show as the largest boat in the lineup, built in response to the European market's demand for a larger Cigarette.

In a speed test run, a 46' Cigarette with a closed cockpit, added by Douglas Marine/Skater, driven by international offshore championship throttleman, TNT Marine's John Tomlinson, was clocked at 172 mph, making it the fastest Cigarette ever built.

In 2007 the 38' Top Gun cockpit was re-designed for added space and the 42X, powered with Mercury Racing 700 SCi engines and NXT drives, received the Powerboat magazine Custom V-Bottom of the Year Award.

Cigarette won the "Best Boat Builder Display" at the Miami International Boat Show, followed by the introduction of the 49 Grand Sport with a 10' beam, at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Then at the Key West Poker Run, Cigarette made its mark with over 40 registered boats.

In 2008 The 39' "Top Fish" cuddy was featured at the Miami International Boat Show sporting the brand new Mercury Racing Verado 350 engines and introduced the Cigarette concept of a performance center console that could add fishing to its repertoire. It also showed the newly refined 49' Grand Sport and a 44' Poker Run Edition was introduced.

In 2009, Cigarette celebrated its 40th Anniversary Year as Cigarette received its 9th Award from Powerboat magazine, this time for the Offshore V-Bottom of the Year for the 39 Top Gun Unlimited--its 8th such award since 2001.

The "Top Fish Open" and The 49 "Grand Sport II" were displayed at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show; the Grand Sport, a long-range diesel cruiser with a full luxury cabin, was re-fitted with a new transom lift and raised flooring to facilitate guest dock access to the boat. The Top Fish Open became the second model of the center console, built to accommodate more family and friends for a day of boating.

The Cigarette "Military" center console was also shown as a "no frills" approach for the service, military and commercial sectors.

In 2010, Cigarette announced its "Legendary" alliance with Mercedes AMG at the Miami International Boat Show with a special edition 46' Rider equipped with Mercury Racing's newest and highest-powered 1350 hp engines. The creme and silver alubeam paint scheme and interior details complemented the new Mercedes AMG SLS that was displayed with the boat. Cigarette received world-wide recognition for the partnership, based on the mutual commitment to performance and luxury.

Miss GEICO Racing selected the 38 Top Gun as its VIP boat for its offshore race team and the signature chartreuse "Caveman" boat was displayed at the Miami Show.

In 2011 Cigarette added Ducati to its luxury brand alliances of the "AMG Private Lounge" and along with the Mercedes AMG SLS GT -3 race car, Cigarette displayed an array of Ducati motorcycles to complement its 42 X Ducati Special edition featuring the Ducati red and white paint scheme and Mercury Racing's new 1100 hp engines. The 42 X Ducati Special Edition was noted as one of the Robb Report magazine's "Top Toys of Summer."

Cigarette was featured on Wealth TV in a 30-minute segment on the company's history and alliance with Mercedes AMG.

Cigarette, in conjunction with Pier 57, its dealer in Tennessee, made the debut of the Cigarette Lounge at the Key West Poker Run where the 50' Trailer and International rig, complete with neon lights, entertainment system and service shop became party headquarters for Cigarette customers and fans.

Cigarette hosted Sir Richard Branson for a promotional event to celebrate Virgin Atlantic's 25-year anniversary flying to Miami. Branson enjoyed riding in a 38 Top Gun, recreating a Miami Vice promotional skit with super model Karolina Kurkova on his arm.

Cigarette Racing Team was selected by a British TV production group for a segment on the internationally televised "How They Do It" series on Discovery Channel networks.

In 2012, Cigarette continued its alliances with Mercedes AMG and Ducati at the Miami International Boat Show by its display of the "Inspired by AMG 'Black Series'" boat and special edition motorcycle. The 50' Cigarette Marauder, in stellar black and white paint and upholstery, reflected the new Mercedes AMG "Black Series" C-63 coupe that completed the partners' display.

Also at the Miami Show, the new 42' Huntress performance center console made its debut with 5 Mercury Racing 350 Verado engines and a full, luxury cabin. The Top Gun 90+MPH powerboat also made its debut with the new Mercury Racing 565 engines.

Going forward, Cigarette continues to build its international presence demonstrating The Cigarette Difference.

2002 - A New Decade - The Cigarette Difference

In 2002, Chicago businessman Skip Braver bought a 42 Cigarette and then bought the company to enhance the future of both the boats and the brand. At the Miami International Boat Show, he introduced both the "Stealth"--a 46' concept boat that got rave revues for ingenuity, showing a glass cockpit, thermal imaging camera, unique styling and paint theme, combining military...

There is something inherently sexy about 10,000 pounds of raw power

While time and style may change the fashion of sexiness, Cigarette has understood and perfected the creation of it. Today, that understanding is manifested in the way Cigarette powerboats are marketed. Though the company's reputation is built on top-quality, durable construction, speed and dependability, the visual marketing is about image.

That sexy image came from the top, down, back in the early days of Cigarette and it continues today. Good guys might not always come in last, but bad boys get the first look.

There is something inherently sexy about 10,000 pounds of raw power

While time and style may change the fashion of sexiness, Cigarette has understood and perfected the creation of it. Today, that understanding is manifested in the way Cigarette powerboats are marketed. Though the company's reputation is built on top-quality, durable construction, speed and dependability, the visual marketing is about image.

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