1980 Cigarette Racing - Don Aronow ‘Bubbledeck’

£ 223,130
Hampshire, United Kingdom
Interested in this boat? Tel: +44 (0)23 8115 7013
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US$ 273,000 Tax Paid (£ 223,130) 

Price Reduced March 2016

Winner of the Cowes Poole Cowes Offshore Powerboat race in September 2015. 

Average winning Speed 77.1 mph.

Set new Course record.

Maximum speed in excess of 90 mph

Probably the ultimate classic powerboat, this Cigarette Racing - Don Aronow ‘Bubbledeck' which is probably the best prepared historic race boat anywhere in the World is now ready for her next owner.

Only 2 Cigarette Racing 'Bubbledecks' were ever built, this is the second / lighter boat designed and built by Don Aronow (the founder of Cigarette Powerboats) with a Kevlar hull originally for Al Copeland Snr - of 'Popeye’s' Chicken Fame.

This is the famous original “Popeye’s” Raceboat and in addiion to Don and Al she was raced by, Chuck Norris, Malcolm Meynard and Ben Kramer then in latter years Steve Curtis.

Being a proper “Deep Vee” Cigarette Race Boat, this boat comes into its own when the seas are rough and choppy.  Steve Curtis, the Ex-World Champion Powerboat Racer and owner of Cougar Powerboats has raced this boat in the USA and he says "what a good boat in rough water”.

The current owner purchased this Cigarette Racing - Don Aronow ‘Bubbledeck’ in July 2011 and commenced a complete and fully documented / photographed rebuild, with the only original part being the hull itself - being Kevlar was in excellent condition and no hull cracks or repairs were detected plus no areas of moisture.

The paint scheme was taken back to the original white, both inside and out (perfect for Sponsor’s logo’s).  Four extra fuel tanks, just forward of the cockpit bulkhead, that had been installed by  previous owner were retained in place as they were in “AS NEW” condition.

DART Tall deck block engines were installed with Mercury Racing No.6 Wet Sump drives and were  checked, machined and balanced by SEDIR, in London. Built by probably the best race boat engineer in Europe the installation is second to none.


DART Tall Deck Blocks.  4.5” bore, 4 3/8th. Stroke.
Kiekhaefer Deep Pan Oil Sumps.
Kiekhaefer Racing Trim Tabs.
Callies “ Dragon Slayer” Crankshaft.
JE Pistons.
Mahle rods & valves.
Wilson heads - Fully ported and blue printed.
CMI exhaust System.
Holley Tunnel Rams.
Quick Fuel Marine Carbs.
MSD Marine Electronic Ignition.
NGK Spark Plugs
Daytona Crash Boxes.
Mercury Starter Motors & Alternators.
No. 6 Wet Sump Drives - completely stripped down and rebuilt - repainted - AS NEW.
Mercury Racing 5 Blade Racing Propellers.
Autometer Gauges.
RayMarine Navigation Equipment.
Icom Weatherproof VHF.
Boat Intercoms crew communication.
Military grade toggle switches for all circuits.
Automatic Fire Extinguisher System.
New Drive shafts.

Road trailer:

This Cigarette Racing - Don Aronow ‘Bubbledeck' is offered complete with 6 wheel MYCO trailer which has been completely overhauled including re paint, new wooden supports fitted with new carpet, new running lights fitted and converted to Air over hydraulic braking system with a full trailer extension to protect drives, two  5’ Tool boxes and a US Style Ball hitch coupling (for greater strength).

Owners Comments:

On testing in October 2013, during initial sea trials at 5000 rpm we were running 83 mph.  We have since installed larger carb jets and different spark plugs.  By choosing slightly different propellers, we would hope to achieve a maximum speed of 95mph +  (hopefully the big 100 mph, if conditions are perfect).  

During my ownership and since the rebuild, it has never been stored outside, it is currently stored in a heated warehouse, in Hampshire, England. 

This has to be one of the best classic offshore race boats in the World!


Adrian Nicolle has been a Professional Yacht Broker for many years, Adrian Nicolle founded Nicolle Associates in 2001. His background is from a customer focused and service led industry and has a broad range of management skills having grown companies from start up to London stock exchange listed businesses with over 200 employees. An experienced sailor (200gt Commercially endorsed Master of Yachts) having extensively raced sailing yachts internationally and cruised motor yachts in many areas including the canal system through the length of France, he has served on the executive board of the Royal Southern Yacht Club as Chairman of Sailing and at Cowes Week as Chief Race Officer. While handling most types of yacht sales, Adrian specializes in large sail and motor yachts; he has the marketing and conveyance knowledge, experience, expertise and integrity to represent your needs before, during and long after your purchase.

Contact Adrian Nicolle by email using the link below, or at DDI +44 (0)23 8115 7013, M +44 (0)77 6883 4664 for more details.

Please contact Adrian Nicolle at +44 (0)23 8115 7013

Interested in this boat? Tel: +44 (0)23 8115 7013

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