Moving into the cockpit, the 49 Grand Sport's 4'3" of freeboard is superior to virtually any other offshore performance boat. I felt most comfortable standing to drive. I like the look and function of the 1"-thick acrylic windscreen. Behind that windscreen, I was comfortably supported in the power bolsters. The Livorsi Marine instruments are in carbon-fiber panels with the tachometers up top flanking the 100-mph speedometer. Mechanical trim indicators are forward of the individual switches for drive and tab trim. For basic trim functions, use the switch on the Latham Marine throttles. The dash should be finished in something less glaring than bright white. The boat has a SmartCraft Race View display, but still boasts a full complement of Livorsi gauges. The only feature missing from the dash area is a glovebox.
About 5' aft of the bolsters, you can seat six on the bench seat and side jumpers that fold out of the gunwales. There's a large locker in the base of the bench. One problem: The bottom cushion is hinged forward, so when you raise it, it's so high that most guys can't reach in to retrieve the contents.
You'll forget you're in a Cigarette when you enter the 49 Grand Sport's cabin, which feels like a luxury hotel suite. There's a large locker aft to port that's 4'-by-1'3"-by-4'. The light-colored wood and upholstery makes the cabin feel rich and large. To port is a galley with a cool entertainment center forward. It includes a Sharp flat-screen TV and Kenwood stereo.
You might never have expected to cook food in a Cigarette, but in the 49 Grand Sport, you can. The galley includes a pullout refrigerated drawer, plus dry stowage in two lockers on heavy-duty rollers.
To starboard, the head features a standup shower and pump-out commode with ample seated headroom. The drain areas are compartmentalized and the towel rack is sturdy enough to hang on to in rough water.
Out in the open belowdecks area, twin facing lounges have excellent headroom and comfort. The bottom cushions are 9" thick, and when you recline they're 1'8" deep. I could fall asleep on these lounges while watching a movie on the flat-screen TV.
Up front, the 5'7"-long V-berth is wider than you'll find on a typical offshore go-fast, but what I liked most was that the V-berth was angled to elevate your head, which is perfect while you lie there dreaming of holding that winning hand at the next big poker run.