With Spring in the air, the timing is right to review the basics of high performance boat operation to ensure you and your passengers have a safe and enjoyable Summer on the water. Our operation guide is packed with general performance boating information including a list of descriptive terms relating to propellers, hull types and overall boat performance.  Let’s first review the various performance boat hull configurations. I like to refer to catamarans (or cats as they are often called) as tunnel boats on steroids. In Hi-Performance Boat Operation – Part 2, I will review the important things to consider when preparing your new Mercury Racing outboard or sterndrive powered boat for the upcoming season. Supercars are great for going fast and looking cool on land, but what if you want to do the same on the water?
A year after Cigarette Racing linked up with Mercedes-AMG to introduce the Black Series 50? Marauder Cigarette Boat, the two names are partnering once again, this time coming together on the 42? Huntress. Inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG, the boat combines a luxurious cabin housed in a performance hull, powered by a total of five Mercury Racing Verado 350SCi outboard motors.
The resulting output is equal to 1,750 horsepower, enough to achieve a top speed of 78 mph.
Similar to steps, the pad reduces the wetted surface area the hull runs on, increasing top speed with minimal affect on the ride quality. The sharp, 90-degree transfer where the tunnel sides meet the bottom of the sponsons helps the boat settle in the water as it enters a turn.


He founded Formula Marine, Donzi Marine, Magnum Marine, Cigarette Racing Team, Squadron XII and USA Racing.
We encourage new and current owners to review the book and then get some in-boat driving lessons from your local high performance dealer. The softness of the ride depends on the angle of the “V”, called deadrise, radius of the keel line and the use of strakes.  If  your boating is mostly in larger bodies of water such as the Great Lakes or open seas, you may want to consider a boat with this hull type. Mercury Racing offers a full-array of outboard and sterndrive propulsion options for the vee-bottom boater. But with so many competition-inspired (and in some instances, competition-proven) vessels from which to choose, how do you know which ones are really worth your (hundreds of thousands of) hard-earned bucks? In a decade that began in the late sixties Don Aronow transformed himself from an enthusiastic spectator to the dominant force on the powerboat racing circuit. Those who do not have a qualified driving instructor in their area may want to consider Tres Martin’s Performance Boat School.
The most recent change in this design over the past decade has been the incorporation of strategically placed notches or steps in the hull. Air entering the tunnel generates lift as speed increases.The wetted surfaces and hull drag are reduced, for enhanced speed and ride quality. Cigarette was the name of Aronow's first race-boat and was later adopted as the company's name in the seventies.


Think of it as the Tubbs and Crockett of the high-end powerboat buyer, ridding the streets of your mind from the criminal element known as indecision.
From that time on, Cigarette Racing Boats have garnered praise and respect from around the world for their legendary performance. Under the leadership of Aronow the company has created innovative designs and set new milestones for style, handling, speed and amenities in performance powerboats.
In general, they produce a smoother and faster ride over a vee-bottom in calm to mild chop. Our OptiMax 300XS is popular choice for those who choose outboard power for entry into the cat experience. This most recent era of cigarette boats, which dates back to the sixties, owes much of their design to craft created and built for offshore racing.



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