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Just Say N20
06-30-2011, 12:08 AM
My 1967/2011 Donzi Ski-Sporter, C16-409!

I couldn't be more pleased.

Enjoy, and thanks to everyone who has supplied help, guidance, moral support and words of encouragement. :yes:

27 months and 4.5X over budget.

Just Say N20
06-30-2011, 12:11 AM
I took it out tonight (Reed's Lake, unfortunately without Parnell), and it ran/performed flawlessly. I love the sound with the inline mufflers. Pleasant, and not barky/harsh like SBC can be with 3" exhaust.

scippy
06-30-2011, 12:25 AM
Bill,

That is a wonderful looking donzi 16.......the color choice is by far the best...........Congrutulations!.........The rubrail looks integral to the hull.........is it?..........very nice.

jstrahn
06-30-2011, 02:07 AM
That is beautiful. Congratulations!

osur866
06-30-2011, 02:50 AM
Very very nice, you should be pleased, well done!!!

Ghost
06-30-2011, 03:35 AM
STUNNING piece of work, Bill. The boat is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations, and thanks for truly bringing back one of the early ones.

hmcboat
06-30-2011, 05:54 AM
incredible job on the restoration!better than new.What is the color choice,type of paint and color name?If you dont mind, i'd like mine to be the same.Looks awsome!I'm going in for paint this weekend, thanks

Greg Guimond
06-30-2011, 06:09 AM
I knew the color would look great, but it looks even better then I would have thought! Nice work :yes:

jl1962
06-30-2011, 06:25 AM
Looks great!

Enjoy the 4th!

Congrats!

mike o
06-30-2011, 06:29 AM
SWEET RIDE.........:cool!:

CHACHI
06-30-2011, 06:38 AM
SWEET RIDE.........:cool!:

X2

Ken

MOP
06-30-2011, 07:02 AM
Personally "Drum Roll" is weak! More like "Base Drum" great job, first thought that come to mind is you in your white suit standing in a cloud of dust! The dust has settled and turned into another fine Classic Gem!

M.O.P.

Just Say N20
06-30-2011, 07:07 AM
Bill,

The rubrail looks integral to the hull.........is it?..........very nice.


It is the original, aluminum rubrail. It was pretty dinged up, and looked bad, so I had it powder coated white. The powder coating filled in most of the dings, and looks great!

I got the idea from the George Carter. He powder coated the rubrail on his Minx to a brilliant red, and it looked great.

gcarter
06-30-2011, 07:14 AM
Budget.............

So the kids didn't have tuition for school, you DID take care of the important things! :wink:

The boat looks great!
The rail should hold up as long as the boat.

Offset
06-30-2011, 08:11 AM
Really, really nice looking Donzi. You should be very proud off what you have accomplished. Looks like a custom "new" boat. Have lots fun with it.:thumbsup:

roadtrip se
06-30-2011, 09:14 AM
Looks very, very good. Hope to see it this summer in Michigan.

I bet a few folks over at the DMRS would like a glimpse of this beauty too!

Kirbyvv
06-30-2011, 10:09 AM
Congratulations, it looks fantastic.
but now what are you going to do with your free time????:wink:

Just Say N20
06-30-2011, 12:03 PM
Congratulations, it looks fantastic.
but now what are you going to do with your free time????:wink:

Two thoughts came to mind almost simultaneously. One: put on as many hours on the boat as possible. Two: Working on the boat as created some what of a deficit with respect to home projects, and I have already been informed that a MAC-DADDY "Honey Do" list will be arriving in the not to distant future.

I'm going to have the boat in the Adirondacks (7th Lake in the Fulton Chain) 8-6 to 8-13. I'm looking forward to that a lot!

Conquistador_del_mar
06-30-2011, 12:20 PM
Wow, Bill. What a great looking Donzi. I like the slight modifications you did to it - they really add to the functionality. 4.5X over budget sounds about right - lol. Another Bill

jl1962
06-30-2011, 12:52 PM
I'm going to have the boat in the Adirondacks (7th Lake in the Fulton Chain) 8-6 to 8-13. I'm looking forward to that a lot!

Y'know.......you'd only be about two hours from Lake George........
:wink:

penbroke
06-30-2011, 02:26 PM
Very nice job!


Frank

CHACHI
06-30-2011, 03:01 PM
Y'know.......you'd only be about two hours from Lake George........
:wink:

Jay, you ever drive 28 from Inlet to LG?

Ken

jl1962
06-30-2011, 03:11 PM
No, but I've driven to Long Lake. It was a Long trip!
(At least much longer than I was expecting).

BTW - Mapquest pegs Inlet to Ti at 2 hrs 20 minutes.

Just Say N20
06-30-2011, 04:10 PM
It would be a great ride on a motorcycle. 2 years ago I rode from Grand Rapids, MI to Saranac Lake, NY. The most memorable part of the trip from a ride stand point was from about White Lake to Saranac Lake.

Towing a boat, maybe not so nice.

zelatore
06-30-2011, 04:27 PM
Looks great! And just think, even over-budget it's a bargain compared to $80K for a new one! You can use that argument when the wife starts in with the honey-do list. 'but I was just trying to SAVE money!'

RockyS18
06-30-2011, 06:08 PM
Awesome boat, congratulations! Have fun on it :)

bobwpe
06-30-2011, 06:31 PM
Looks fantastic! The dash came out really nice. Now it's time to go enjoy!

Pismo
06-30-2011, 06:40 PM
Just fabulous...

Buddyc
06-30-2011, 08:28 PM
Did a heck of a job... I only hope mine come out half as sweet

realbold
06-30-2011, 08:45 PM
Congrats from the east side and what everybody else said!
So how are those tabs working out on that level plane?

joseph m. hahnl
06-30-2011, 09:10 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oog00NoMvag/TWql9IDo0lI/AAAAAAAABFI/1vSv5153TDU/s1600/smiley_with_thumbs_up.gif

Tony
06-30-2011, 11:48 PM
Superb restoration, Bill!

The amount of labor you spent on this project is one thing, but I for one also appreciate your faithful documentation of the project on your thread.

Swing up to Portage Lake in late July to hook up with Magical Bill and his son Jason, who each have a beautiful restored Ski Sporter. We'll be there on Friday, July 22, and I think some other MADCOWS are planning on Saturday. As a bonus, you can catch his band, The Flying Toasters, in action!

:beer:

Just Say N20
07-01-2011, 12:51 AM
Superb restoration, Bill!

The amount of labor you spent on this project is one thing, but I for one also appreciate your faithful documentation of the project on your thread.

Swing up to Portage Lake in late July to hook up with Magical Bill and his son Jason, who each have a beautiful restored Ski Sporter. We'll be there on Friday, July 22, and I think some other MADCOWS are planning on Saturday. As a bonus, you can catch his band, The Flying Toasters, in action!

:beer:

Thank you Tony, and I'm planning on being there Saturday.

thriller
07-01-2011, 01:40 AM
Nice Work Man..Better than New by a long shot....

axelkloehn
07-01-2011, 02:37 AM
:thewave:

well done, Bill. This is one of the most beautiful 16s I have ever seen, and summer is still coming! Congrats, man. Enjoy the boating season with your fantastic ride :beer:

Walt. H.
07-01-2011, 03:01 AM
Bill,
Super job and I concur with what everyone else has already mentioned!:thumbsup: :yes:
WH

Donzi Vol
07-01-2011, 04:46 AM
Beautiful boat, Bill! Congratulations on having her complete and in the water. Now go enjoy the heck of it!

Bubba Dog
07-01-2011, 08:09 AM
Wow, incredible attention to details. I really like the black touches with the yellow.:cool!:

Just Say N20
07-01-2011, 08:38 AM
I would also like to give a big personal thanks to Axel. :yes:

He represents to me what this site is all about. We have never met, and wouldn't know each other if we were sitting next to each other.

He offered to help me out with the flag decals at a time when there was no other source. I sent him a straight on shot of the ones on the boat, which were horribly beat up, and he sent me back a file with them recreated perfectly. I did have to "wing it" at the printer picking the colors, but he made it possible.

He also spent his time, using his remarkable talents, when I sent him a picture I had taken of the Dodge Rumble Bee. I simply asked him if he could make it into something more appropriate for a Donzi. I loved what he did so much, I had decals made, and you can see one of them on the starboard transom.

He willingly gave of his time/talents to help out someone he only knew through the site. Many, many others also stepped up to help, as recently as last night when I spoke multiple times to mrfixall about a pesky intermittent outdrive trim problem.

This is when the site is at it's best; Donzi enthusiasts helping other Donzi enthusiasts out of appreciation for the boats.

I hope I didn't just bury Axel.

Greg Guimond
07-01-2011, 08:44 AM
x2 on that Bill..........Axel = Good Chap

axelkloehn
07-01-2011, 08:47 AM
I would also like to give a big personal thanks to Axel. :yes:

He represents to me what this site is all about. We have never met, and wouldn't know each other if we were sitting next to each other.

He offered to help me out with the flag decals at a time when there was no other source. I sent him a straight on shot of the ones on the boat, which were horribly beat up, and he sent me back a file with them recreated perfectly. I did have to "wing it" at the printer picking the colors, but he made it possible.

He also spent his time, using his remarkable talents, when I sent him a picture I had taken of the Dodge Rumble Bee. I simply asked him if he could make it into something more appropriate for a Donzi. I loved what he did so much, I had decals made, and you can see one of them on the starboard transom.

He willingly gave of his time/talents to help out someone he only knew through the site. Many, many others also stepped up to help, as recently as last night when I spoke multiple times to mrfixall about a pesky intermittent outdrive trim problem.

This is when the site is at it's best; Donzi enthusiasts helping other Donzi enthusiasts out of appreciation for the boats.

I hope I didn't just bury Axel.

Thanks, Bill! Don't forget, you still owe me a beer...:wink:

axelkloehn
07-01-2011, 08:49 AM
x2 on that Bill..........Axel = Good Chap

Greg, you owe me a beer too...:wink:

Sweet Cheekz
07-05-2011, 09:16 AM
Well done Bill

Sorry I missed the reeds lake debut. Hows it running and are you gonna be tearing up White Lake this weekend?

Parnell

pipnit
07-05-2011, 09:44 AM
sharp! Nice work!

Just Say N20
07-05-2011, 11:38 AM
A few pictures from White Lake/Lake Michigan.

There were some electrical gremlins to chase, but it is running well now.

We had 3 days of fabulous weather!

mike o
07-05-2011, 12:28 PM
:yes:

jl1962
07-05-2011, 12:29 PM
Looks great!

seano
07-05-2011, 12:43 PM
bill, excellent job on the restoration! you should be proud!

Just Say N20
07-05-2011, 02:14 PM
Seano, it would have been a lot less satisfying if you hadn't been able to supply such nice reproductions of the Donzi Marine script.

Thanks again!

Carl C
07-05-2011, 03:12 PM
Looks brand new! Nice color choice..:pimp:

axelkloehn
07-05-2011, 04:19 PM
Bill, glad you had it out and everything works fine, another beautiful boat has started into the boating season 2011

Lowflyn
07-05-2011, 07:41 PM
Great job - looks fine and YOU are having fun!!! N'joy :)

seano
07-06-2011, 10:26 AM
Seano, it would have been a lot less satisfying if you hadn't been able to supply such nice reproductions of the Donzi Marine script.
Thanks again!

well you've certainly given me inspiration...i'm going to be all over mine next week in an effort to get the hull to paint - errr - gelcoat. :)

BobinCovington
07-06-2011, 10:52 AM
Amazing project! As I get my own ski sporter ready for this week at the lake and start looking at all the things I want to get done...I can sure appreciate all the work you have put into your boat. Simply Beautiful! Nice Job!

4.5X over budget, I can relate to that one too LOL. How does that old saying go...? "Lord if I happen to die tonight, please don't let my wife sell my restored ski sporter for what I told her I paid for the whole thing"