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It's not just the machines. It's the people. Always.

Cigarette Racing Team has defined performance boating since 1969 when racing was its claim to fame. As a custom boat builder, it provides boats specifically geared to its customers tastes in models ranging from 38-50'. In its new generation, Cigarette has dominated recreational powerboating where fun and action rule. Poker Runs became a new boating pastime over the last decades as a good reason to get together with friends in the best boating destinations in the world. Cigarette rose to the occasion building each custom boat to exacting specifications, to provide the ultimate in comfort, style, and reliable, safe performance.


It's not just the machines. It's the people. Always.

Cigarette Racing Team has defined performance boating since 1969 when racing was its claim to fame. As a custom boat builder, it provides boats specifically geared to its customers tastes in models ranging from 38-50'.

Skip Braver, President and CEO

A company and team builder, Braver brought his business acumen to the boat building trade and elevated Cigarette to a new standard of quality process and production. His expertise in exotic cars, electronics and custom home building in many ways paralleled the essentials of boat building--exacting detail for top performance, use of latest technology and selecting only the finest materials for hand-crafted perfection. Bringing many aspects of boat building in-house increased quality control and efficiency--influential factors in creating the new "Platinum Standard" for Cigarette. Sharp, exacting and hard-driving, Braver masterminded The Cigarette Difference.


Skip Braver, President and CEO

A company and team builder, Braver brought his business acumen to the boat building trade and elevated Cigarette to a new standard of quality process and production. His expertise in exotic cars, electronics and custom home building in many ways paralleled the essentials of boat building--exacting detail for top performance, use of latest technology and selecting only the finest materials for hand-crafted perfection.

Hector Rodriguez, Chief Operating Officer & Sales

Analyzing, fine-tuning and building a harmonious workplace, are all parts of Rodriguez' character. His amiable, easy-going nature belie his intensity and dedication to accomplishing each part of the Cigarette building process to ultimate standards and are also essential to his role in overseeing Cigarette's international sales. Fair, honest and thorough, Rodriguez represents The Cigarette Difference.

Bud Lorow, Customer Service & Parts Manager

Calm and collected, Lorow seamlessly guides each Cigarette through its test drive process, with a keen eye and ear for analyzing the elements of a smooth performance boat ride. Extensive background in powerboat racing, engine building, rigging and maintenance provide Lorow with the experience to handle parts, service questions and testing with aplomb. Patient, knowledgeable and analytic, Lorow embodies The Cigarette Difference.

Chad Braver, Engineering & Development

Immersed in powerboating since school days spent on Lake Michigan, Chad Braver has lived, breathed and slept performance boating, not just through his father's immersion in the business, but through his academic studies. Working at Cigarette, on every school break before, and then after graduation, he recognized where he could apply his learned skills. With a degree in Engineering from Purdue University and 10 years of on-the-job-training, Chad's design knowledge and expertise is evidenced in some of Cigarette's recent engineering and production changes. With an architecturally artistic, yet analytical eye, Chad applies creativity and data to concepts, to planning then to finished products using the latest tools and technology. Chad is a part of The Cigarette Difference.


Chad Braver, Engineering & Development

Immersed in powerboating since school days spent on Lake Michigan, Chad Braver has lived, breathed and slept performance boating, not just through his father's immersion in the business, but through his academic studies. Working at Cigarette, on every school break before, and then after graduation, he recognized where he could apply his learned skills.

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