Inside The Cigarette Difference: Final Chapter from the Florida Keys

With his new Cigarette Racing Team 39 GTS performance center console dock-locked for five days during the Miami International Boat Show, which closed on Monday, Bob Christie was understandably eager to run the new 39-footer powered by four Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines. The New Jersey-based performance-boat enthusiast has owned everything from a 38-foot Donzi to a 44-foot MTI catamaran—the famed Speed Racer cartoon-themed boat—to (most recently) a pre-owned Cigarette 42 X sportboat. But based on his self-described “excellent experience” with ordering and specifying his first new boat from the Opa-locka, Fla., sportboat and center console builder he was ready for a little closure.

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Said Bob Christie of his new Cigarette 39 GTS: “This is so simple—you just turn the key and go. Photo courtesy Susan Munro

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DCB Dials In Two Beauties On Lake Havasu Today

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With triple Mercury Racing 400R outboard engines providing the power, this DCB M29 catamaran hit 131 mph on Lake Havasu today.

Back home in California from their recent trip to the Miami International Boat Show, which closed Monday afternoon, Tony Chiaramonte and Jeff Johnston of DCB Performance Boats in El Cajon, Calif., haven't missed a beat. Earlier today, Chiaramonte completed the dial-in/testing of a couple of Mercury Racing Verado 400R outboard engine-powered catamarans to impressive top speeds on Lake Havasu in Arizona.

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Mystic Wild, Mystic Mild: Two Images

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When you're a boat builder with a diverse customer base, it helps to have a versatile painter. Just ask the folks at Mystic Powerboats in DeLand, Fla. Fortunately, they have Stephen Miles and his talented crew at Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., handling the paintwork for their luxury center consoles and high-performance catamarans.

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Seven Reasons Hustler’s Upcoming 39-foot Shotgun Deserves a Look

Sitting right in the middle of two Checkmate Marine and three Hustler Powerboats models from Global Marine Power, Inc., the scale model of the all-new 39-foot Shotgun was displayed proudly at the docks during the Miami International Boat Show.

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Hustler Powerboats is expecting to release its new 39 Shotgun this summer. Photo by Jason Johnson

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Ilmor Marine And Mercury Marine Release New Engines

While yesterday’s releases of Mercury Racing’s two new QC4v engines and one all-aluminum V-16 platform from Sixteen Power grabbed most of our attention, there were a couple of other noteworthy engine debuts from Ilmor Marine and Mercury Marine.

Based on the same 7.4-liter LS platform (454-cubic-inch) as Ilmor’s MV-570 engine, the new MV8 7.4L OPS recreational stern-drive engine makes 483 hp. It is paired with the company’s hydraulic One Drive and, according to a press release from the Plymouth, Mich., engine company, it “fills the power void currently experienced in the gasoline stern-drive segment between recreational duty 430 hp and high-performance 520 hp."

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Super-Sized and Super-Powered MTI-V 57 Makes Quite a Splash in Miami

Despite having a half-dozen stunning MTI models surrounding it at the docks of Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin for the first day of the 2017 Miami International Boat Show, the all-new MTI-V 57 grabbed most of attention at the Wentzville, Mo., company’s booth. And for good reason since the first production-built 57-foot luxury performance center console, which featured four Seven Marine 627 engines, is the manufacturer’s latest and greatest—and biggest—model to date.

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MTI's new 57-foot center console was a real show stopper at the Miami International Boat Show. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

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