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Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:23 AM
I found this 1974 Cig 20 in Minneapolis spring 2011 and bought it with the intentions of restoring it someday. It had set for 3+ years but was still in decent shape, so I ran it like it was for a couple years. Early fall 2012 we bought our lakehouse at LOTO at the 41MM and got the dock and lift all set to take the Cig. Spring 2013 I took it out of storage and was all ready to pull it to its new home at the 41, but found one tie-down eye had started to pull through the transom…. Yes, rotted transom. It was time to start the project.

I wanted to keep a lot of the classic theme, but update with modern power and rigging. Engine is a Merc 383 Mag Stroker through Bravo 1.

http://www.mercurymarine.com/media/m...AG-Stroker.pdf (http://www.mercurymarine.com/media/mercury/pdfs/repower/8M0080494_383_MAG-Stroker.pdf)

Ended up taking it to Performance Boat Center at LOTO to let them take the lead.

A quick breakdown to give credit….
De-rig – PBC
Transom and engine hatch glass work – Paint Rite in Camdenton
Re-rig – PBC
Found bad stringers (why not done with the transom?… long story)
Stringer replacement – Big Boys Fiberglass Repair in Camdenton (great experience)
Hatch Paint and Final Rigging – PBC
Teak gauge panels and teak stripes – me

Huge thanks to Andy at PBC for all the rigging and set-up and for responding to my countless texts and emails.

Time to test some props and maybe think about paint and interior next.

Before & After Interior

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:25 AM
Dash. Before, during and after.

Completely gutted all rigging and ran all new wiring, control cables and steering.

Getting the old dash panel off was a huge PIA. Cig glued it and used 22 screws then drilled for all gauges. Needless to say, it came off in splinters. I wanted to keep all the original gauge layout. PBC made a template and I fabbed the new panel back home in a friend's shop. New panel fit perfectly!

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:28 AM

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:30 AM
Engine / bilge

Greg Guimond
06-20-2014, 11:36 AM
Good God Almighty ............. :worthy:

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:37 AM

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:39 AM
Bilge rigging

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:42 AM
A previous owner cut into the engine hatch and added the scoop . I took it back to the original flat hatch style. It affected the x-dimension, but I wanted to keep the classic lines. Andy tells me a shorty is in my future!

Before and after pics of the scoop.

Holy Smokes
06-20-2014, 11:50 AM
All for now..... more to come later.

06-20-2014, 01:18 PM
Very nice Cig with a great color! After you run it for a while, you might want to get a set of tabs. What props are you going to be trying on the Bravo drive?

Holy Smokes
06-21-2014, 05:54 PM
Tabs, maybe. Seems to run out fine with very little bow rise. Where we run at LOTO there's less traffic (rough water).
Tried a 25P Mirage Plus but was heavy loaded when I first ran it. And it seemed a bit tall. I want to try my 23P Mirage next.

Morgan's Cloud
06-22-2014, 01:10 PM
Beautiful little beast . Cig 20's are so cool .

I'm glad you took care of the engine hatch the way you did . It's exactly what I would have done. I'm not a big fan of the huge , raised engine lid.

06-24-2014, 08:42 PM
Beautiful work! Love the color, and love the dash! I will say; however, I have to agree that tabs are probably a wise decision. I couldn't imagine running mine without them!


07-03-2014, 08:20 AM
Its nice to see a project started and completed in a timely manner. All too common for people to get jerked around by repair shops these days. Great looking finished product !

07-06-2014, 08:11 PM
Nice job...glad to see you returned the hatch to original!

I used to see that boat around the Lake Minnetonka area 25-30 years ago...:)

07-07-2014, 02:43 AM
Love it!

Holy Smokes
07-08-2014, 12:08 AM
Nice job...glad to see you returned the hatch to original!

I used to see that boat around the Lake Minnetonka area 25-30 years ago...:)

That's it! Minnetonka is exactly where it came from. Tell me more.

Know anything about the previous owner(s)? Kim Thiebault or Bill Traff

07-08-2014, 12:26 AM
Very nice! Love that you took it back to some of the earlier style with the motorbox hatch and such.

Holy Smokes
07-08-2014, 12:28 AM
Couple shaky cell phone pics. Best so far is 61.3 gps with the 23P Mirage spinning 4800 rpm.

Holy Smokes
07-21-2014, 03:45 PM
More from this past weekend! Love our LOTO lake trips!

07-21-2014, 11:02 PM
Sweet boat!!