Thirty years ago, boat makers didn’t question the rules, let alone break them.
Charlie Pigeon, founder, owner, and active CEO of Tige had worked as an executive for most of the inboard boat manufacturers. He said, “I know I can do better.” He challenged the industry with his core values —not accepting the status quo and a passion for giving customers a dramatically unique experience— with boats that performed like crazy and were much more fun. We took the best attributes of a hardcore tournament ski boat and turned it into a versatile boat that families around the world could enjoy. Tige boats blew customers away — they were easy to drive, had breakthrough styling, roominess, luxury trim, and provided a thrilling experience on the water. When the first Tige began to make wakes, the world had never seen a boat quite like it. Tige’s very first boat in the water was named “Rookie of the Year” by Waterski Magazine.
Charlie established the Tige brand because he knew there was another level that hadn’t been reached yet; he dared to give customers a new level of adrenaline with a boat that created feelings and an environment more exciting than a roller coaster — the freedom, the air, the water. People had to have it. The industry grew from hundreds of people to thousands who wanted that experience.
If we could laminate passion, we would. Instead, we use fiberglass.