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Fountain And Donzi Going Big In Miami

Looking to make a big splash to start the year with reenergized lines, Fountain Powerboats and Donzi Marine will display an array of models at the Miami International Boat Show February 13-17. The Washington, N.C.-based boat builder will exhibit 2020 model-year Fountain and Donzi offerings in the water at slips 550, 552, 554, 556 and 639 at the Miami Marine Stadium venue on Virginia Key.

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The new-for-2020 Donzi 38 ZRC should draw a crowd at the upcoming Miami International Boat Show (click image to enlarge). Photos courtesy/copyright Mark Spencer/Donzi Marine and Fountain Powerboats.

On the center-console side of its line, Fountain will exhibit its new 34 SC, 34 CC, new 34 TE, 38 CC, 38 LS, 39 NX and 43 NX models. Powered by twin Mercury Racing450R outboard engines, Fountain’s new 34 Thunder Cat will be on display—and available for demo rides—at the Mercury Marine in-water exhibit (slips 207 to 224).

The reintroduced and retooled Donzi 38 ZRC sit-down sportboat, which is powered by Mercury Racing 860 engines, also will be on display at the show. So, too, will the versatile Donzi 41 GTZ.

Fred Ross, the owner of the boat companies who will attend the show alongside Fountain Powerboats founder Reggie Fountain, Jr., and chief operating officer Jeff Harris, said he is eager to start the boat show season.

“This is what I do for fun,” said Ross. “I don’t go on vacations. I don’t play golf. This is what I do for my pleasure. But it’s also a business, so we are treating it like a business.”


Coming to Miami next month, the Fountain 34 Sport Console, 34 Thunder Cat, Donzi 41 GTZ and more.

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38' Donzi 38 ZX

1999 Lake in the Hills Illinois 38 Donzi 38 ZX

33' Donzi 33ZX

2000 Lake in the Hills Illinois 33 Donzi 33ZX

33' Donzi 33 ZF

1987 Virginia Beach Virginia 33 Donzi 33 ZF

37' Donzi 38 ZX Daytona

2004 Lake Ozark Missouri 37 Donzi 38 ZX Daytona

22' Donzi 22 Classic

2022 Kimball Michigan 22 Donzi 22 Classic

18' Donzi 18 Classic

1970 Dover New Hampshire 18 Donzi 18 Classic

28' Donzi 28 ZX

2003 Nashville Tennessee 28 Donzi 28 ZX

35' Donzi 35 ZR

2017 Lake Ozark Missouri 35 Donzi 35 ZR

33' Donzi 33 ZX

1997 Lake Havasu City Arizona 33 Donzi 33 ZX

22' Donzi Marine 22 Classic

2022 Kimball Michigan 22 Donzi Marine 22 Classic

22' Donzi 22 Classic

2022 Kimball Michigan 22 Donzi 22 Classic

35' Donzi 35Zr

2005 North East Maryland 35 Donzi 35Zr

16' DONZI 16 Classic

2001 Zion Illinois 16 DONZI 16 Classic

16' Donzi Sweet 16

1968 Stillwater Minnesota 16 Donzi Sweet 16

21' Donzi 212 Medallion

1995 Aitkin Minnesota 21 Donzi 212 Medallion

16' Donzi Sweet 16

1968 Hallandale Florida 16 Donzi Sweet 16

32' Donzi 3250 LFI

1998 Newport Beach California 32 Donzi 3250 LFI

33' Donzi Daytona

2002 Spokane Valley Washington 33 Donzi Daytona

16' Donzi Sweet 16 Ski Sporter

1968 Skaneateles New York 16 Donzi Sweet 16 Ski Sporter

35' Donzi 35 ZF Cuddy

2005 West Grove Pennsylvania 35 Donzi 35 ZF Cuddy

22' Donzi 22 Classic Blackhawk

1996 Seabrook Texas 22 Donzi 22 Classic Blackhawk

41' Donzi 38 ZSF

2009 Port Charlotte Florida 41 Donzi 38 ZSF

38' Donzi 38 ZRC

2022 Lake Ozark Missouri 38 Donzi 38 ZRC

16' Donzi Sweet 16

1967 ESPANOLA New Mexico 16 Donzi Sweet 16

19' Donzi Hornet

1974 San Clemente California 19 Donzi Hornet

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Classic Boat: A Rare Boat From Donzi Marine

I was running across the water in a 14-foot Donzi with a big grin on my face. The Chevy engine’s tach was nudging 5000 RPMs. The wind was rushing past my eyes (no windshield and no goggles, either). I was having a fabulous time.

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What fun! She is a wave-busting, wake-splitting, quick-to-plane boat (using her trim tabs) flying south from 188th St. in North Miami, FL. That strip of land—known as Thunderboat Row—is only a quarter-mile long and famous in its day for offshore racing to the Bahamas (Miami to Nassau) and other open ocean races.

Donzi boats are all about the thrill of high speed on the open water. They have a deep vee hull shape, are narrow in the beam, and run well in rougher water since wind chop doesn’t bother them either. They’re typically used as day boats with their open cockpits best enjoyed in warm, sunny weather. 

This 14-footer is a rare boat for Donzi Marine and the last of only 14 they produced. Donzi’s 16-footer was the foundational boat that launched the company in 1964 when Donzi Marine was started by Don Aronow.

In addition to being the last boat made from that mold before it was destroyed, her identity was also switched at birth. Her mold had been moved down the street to the Cigarette plant that Don Aronow owned, and that’s where the last three copies of this model were made. As a result, she has a Cigarette hull code (hull identification number) on her transom, which is CRT (Cigarette Racing Team), although advertising back in the day says she’s a Donzi model. 

Aronow started Formula Marine (yes, that Formula Marine!) in 1962 and soon sold that company. He started Donzi in 1964 and sold it in 1965. He founded Magnum Marine in 1966 and sold it in 1968. To Don, making boats was a way to make a living and selling a boat company was a way to get rich. He definitely had a pattern of moving on to other boats.

Aronow started racing boats as early as 1959-1961 (various accounts differ on the date) when he moved from New Jersey to Miami, FL. Originally a land developer, he “retired” in his early 30s and relocated to enjoy retirement, but quickly got bored and began racing. Don Aronow was murdered early in 1987. Before his death, he enjoyed designing boats and also raced other boat builders like Cary, Cigarette, USA Racing, and Squadron XII.

Michael Peters said, “Aronow looked the part. Guys wanted to be him. Six foot three, real good looking, lots of swagger. He was right out of a Hollywood script. He’s the only person I’ve known like that. He was larger than life. And he liked to get the best of people.”

Kevin Koenig said, “They just don’t make ‘em like Don Aronow anymore. During his quarter-century reign as the undisputed king of Thunderboat Row, Aronow was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. He was a hero and a genius, a ballbuster, and a bully. A world-champion boat racer who enjoyed wild success in business, he was also an unapologetic playboy and fabled bon vivant.”

I definitely admire Aronow’s boats. This Donzi 14 is powered by a stock 140-hp Chevy/Mercruiser engine with a Mercury Marine Alpha sterndrive. Besides the ability to trim the sterndrive to a negative and positive attitude, she has trim tabs on her transom. The negative trim setting and the tabs set in a down angle will keep the bow down at take-off.

She is finished in bright red, with minimal deck hardware. Donzis have great curvy topsides that just let the paint flow from the steering wheel to the waterline. Tying up required ingenuity. The stern lines tie through the engine room vents and the deck lift ring.

I took my ride at an Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS) event. The chop was non-existent and boat wakes did not present a problem for the small deep vee boat. She did a stellar job of delivering a great demo cruise.

Hey, a rare Donzi 14 is more than boating… it’s the thrill of a lifetime!

By Chris "Seabuddy" Brown

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Donzi boats on Boat Trader

Donzi is a boat builder in the marine industry that offers boats for sale in differing sizes on Boat Trader, with the smallest current boat listed at 16 feet in length, to the longest vessel measuring in at 74 feet, and an average length of 31.98 feet. Boat Trader currently has 130 Donzi boats for sale, including 14 new vessels and 116 used boats listed by both individual owners and professional boat dealers mainly in United States. The oldest model listed is a classic boat built in 1969 and the newest model year was built in 2022.

How much do Donzi boats cost?

Donzi boats for sale on Boat Trader are listed for a range of prices, valued from $8,004 on the bargain side of the spectrum all the way up to $2,422,600 for the most extravagant models. Higher performance models now listed are rigged with motors up to 4,472 horsepower, while the most modest more functional models may have as low as 210 horsepower engines (although the average power size is 550 HP).

What kind of boats does Donzi build?

Of the boats listed, Donzi offers familiar boat hull types and designs including deep vee, modified vee and other. These vessels are generally favored for traditional boating endeavors like day cruising, watersports, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and overnight cruising. The boats available here currently from this builder come with inboard, inboard/outboard, outboard, outboard-4S and outboard-2S propulsion systems, available in gas, diesel and other fuel systems.

Why are Donzi boats popular?

Donzi is popular for their High Performance, Center Console, Runabout, Sport Fishing and Saltwater Fishing among other classes and models. Overall these available boats have a moderate draft and generally wider beam, traits that make them well-suited for day cruising, watersports, saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing and overnight cruising. Given their classic, crowd-pleasing status as a popular, established boat brand, used Donzi boats in good condition often make sensible candidates for boat repowering projects.

What is the best Donzi model?

Some of the most widely-known Donzi models currently include: 22 Classic, 18 Classic, 22 Zx, 32 ZF and 38 ZF Cuddy.


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