Baja Marine plans Donzi Marine 50th anniversary line


In 1964, Don Aronow launched Donzi Marine on “Thunderboat Row” — NE 188th Street in Miami — home to many of the best-known high-performance boat brands of the day.

The new company took its name from the nickname Aronow’s secretary gave the legendary boatbuilder/racer: “Donzi Baby.”

To commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary, Donzi Marine’s parent company, Baja Marine, said it is building the 50th Anniversary Edition Donzi Classic series, including the Classic 22, Classic 18 and “Sweet 16.”

Each boat in the series will sport the new, custom-designed Donzi 50th Edition logo and the series’ instantly recognizable “retro” styling, with its sharp angles, primary colors, bow stripe and “tuck and roll” upholstery, the builder said.

“We get calls all the time from people who are nostalgic about the Classic series and want to see it revived. They feel the same way about Donzi Classics that they do about the Porsche Spyder and other iconic sports cars,” Baja Marine CEO Johnny Walker said in a statement. “In fact, the first customer to order a 50th Anniversary Donzi Classic 22 said he remembered being on one when he was a little boy at his grandfather’s lake house.”

Although Donzi models as large as 43 feet are offered primarily on a factory-direct basis, Walker said the 50th Anniversary Donzi Classic series is available through the Baja Marine dealer network, which includes Baja and Pro-Line retailers.

Famous for their nimble handling and “pocket rocket” performance, the new Donzi Classics come equipped with high-output, small-block V-8 sterndrives that the company said will provide owners with an outstanding driving experience.


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