View Full Version : Sweet Pics of our Donzis (or Pics of Sweet Donzis)

05-06-2012, 07:14 PM
Ok, maybe this has been done before, but I thought it was time for seeing some Donzi eye candy. Post up your favorite "money shot" or two of your Donzi. It's ok if your picture has you and your significant other in it, then we get to know who is running that sweet boat. Let's try to keep it to just posting pictures with a few details about the boat (model, length, year, engine, when it was purchased, a little history, where you typically run, etc). This can become kind of an informal registry of sorts. So show em if you got em! **UPDATE** thanks for posting the great pictures everyone, this is great!!

I didn't want to go first, but I am adding the pic of our 1966 Donzi Ski Sporter with a Ford 289 HIPO and the old Eaton outdrive. My wife Janet and I bought it from my brother (who bought it from my Dad). Been in the family since new, crazy as it sounds, this is the boat from the copy of Boating news with the article. My dad bought it new at a nice discount from the Newport Beach Boat Dealer (Balboa Marine) when after the demo run, the throttle cable came loose and the boat banged into the dock (He said this damn thing, how about I knock 30% off the price...LOL). We use it anyplace we can get to near our home just south of Seattle, Washington...we had it on Lake Chelan, Lake Washington and a few others. We are usually the "little boat" that needs leaded premium, but we have a lot of fun with it.


Ed Donnelly
05-06-2012, 10:44 PM
1985 Criterion SS, last one built. Custom built for the owner of Donzi just before he sold. Came with a 454 370 h.p. I put a Gale Banks twin turbo 1,000 H.P.
Pulled that out I put a Weind supercharger on the original engine. Boat Lake Ontario .. The pic was taken at 1,000 Islands by Dave McDonald...Ed71335

05-07-2012, 03:34 PM
1994 22C originally shipped to a dealer 12/93 in Ft Worth, TX. Moved to Tennessee in 2005 with second owner. He moved to Alabama in 2009 I believe and I bought it in 8/2011 for my 42 B-Day. I have wanted one since I was a fetus. She has the original 454/310hp B1 with a Mirage 23 and does low 60's. I think I have about 360 hours on it now and bought with 325 or so. Boat is now located in South Tampa Bay just North of Sarasota on the Manatee River so not all salt water use.

Morgan's Cloud
05-07-2012, 03:46 PM
Ed, that's a sweet boat and to have one with the provenance is very special.

Bob , you started it and I think that a lot of members don't really know how cool your 16 is ... Where's your picture ? ?

joseph m. hahnl
05-07-2012, 09:34 PM
1988 Minx 163 350 Mag Alpha one



05-07-2012, 11:00 PM

Love the rare & original Eaton/Interceptor engine & outdrive.

I remember when these drives first appeared in South Jersey, at the old Ventnor Boatworks which at the time was then building 3/8" marine five ply plywood clinker-built sea skiffs with the first Inboard-outboard drives, as they were then called that I ever saw. Ventnor sadly closed for good soon after these Eaton drives first appeared.

I have not seen a running Eaton drive ,with a Interceptor Ford engine, in running condition for at least 35 years !

05-07-2012, 11:13 PM
Truly appreciate the kind words about our boat... There are so many amazing boats we need to see from everyone on the site, keep em coming

05-07-2012, 11:26 PM
Hey Bob, how are you doing? Your boat and my boat were at Scotty's last fall. I have the 22 classic, white hull with a blue boot strip.
1996 Classic 22, 502 supercharged, Bravo 1



Just Say N20
05-08-2012, 07:17 AM
Last summer. This summer should be about 200 hp better. :)

05-08-2012, 07:26 AM
1968 Benchseat Hornet 19H-38 ford 302 volvo280t

Rob M
05-08-2012, 07:43 AM

I love that Hornet!!! You've cleaned it up really nicely.

Don't sell it, until I'm in a position to buy it!:)


05-08-2012, 07:52 AM
Thanks Rob it looks a little better now the drive was repainted

you've already got a hornet which is very nice let's see some pics of it ;)

Rob M
05-08-2012, 09:06 AM
Will load more later....

Carl C
05-08-2012, 09:19 AM
I need to get some action shots of my boat but for now this one is my favorite. It would be so much better with a babe in a yellow bikini though...But you will have to settle for me in my matching swim shorts:

Much needed storage (& sleeping) space opened up. XR upper, Imco shorty, Zeiger, BBlades Bravo 1. The 496 just didn't get it.

05-08-2012, 09:51 AM
I don't think I've posted this one yet:

Last September, early morning sun, tied up in Bolton, on my way to Bolton Beans :yes:.

'67 Ski Sporter 302/Volvo 200/250 mongrel.


05-08-2012, 09:58 AM

very nice array of rare classics :yes:

tylogans 22
05-08-2012, 11:14 AM
1996 22 Classic 502/ procharger "Yellow Devil" purchased from original owner in 2010, boat was ordered from Donzi without the windshield. That's one of my son's on the deck.


roadtrip se
05-08-2012, 11:48 AM
It has taken three years of messing around with this rendition of the beast to get her where I want her. Kudos to Brain Orlandi, Ron Potter, Phil Lipschutz, Bertram Boy, Ted M, Jeff Johnson, and many others for the highly qualified and excellent advice and work. This may look like your garden variety red 22 Classic, but let's just say she is a sleeper!

05-08-2012, 11:56 AM

Just Say N20
05-08-2012, 12:08 PM
Sorry Jay, I couldn't help myself.

Your boat is much too nice to have boats/biminis in the background as a distraction.

It should be the center of attention. :)

05-08-2012, 12:24 PM
Thanks Bill.

Would LOVE to get ALL the nice Ski Sporters together one day - yours, mine, Bob's, Cliff/Diana, Magical and Jason, Bobby D's old boat etc.....


05-08-2012, 12:30 PM
1978 X-18, Lake George, NY

05-08-2012, 01:10 PM
Wow. So many beautiful boats! Ed, your Criterion is such a nice boat and you should post some interior pics. Same thing with everyone, interior pics would be cool too. Exterior/Interior/Engine would be a good combo.

The red "sleeper" 22 is nice too. They're all nice, I can't wait to see some more pics.

05-08-2012, 01:46 PM
Hey ED, if you are going to post some interior shots, don't forget the ones from under the dash.


05-08-2012, 01:55 PM
My '70 18 2+3 at Keels and Wheels last weekend. Mostly original, unrestored, and still heavily used!

05-08-2012, 02:03 PM
interior shots? here is one from deep within the "bowels" of my benchseat


05-08-2012, 02:39 PM

Based on the way I drive - a couple of my passengers could've used one of those!!

:eek: :nilly:

05-08-2012, 03:08 PM
I boat around Manhattan and the Hudson river with trips to New Hampshire . . .
1973 X-18
Got this girl Feb 2001

http://www.donzi.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=71412&d=1271446349</a> (http://www.donzi.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=4310&d=1089130085)

05-08-2012, 09:29 PM
Rail and Original Tonneau cover to be installed yet

Donzi Vol
05-08-2012, 09:49 PM
Here are a few from running around K-town. I've also included a video of the first run this year.


(btw, That's RedDog's white and green 22 by mine in the Vol Navy pic)

05-09-2012, 06:44 AM
71424 Very clean and all original.7142571422f71423

05-09-2012, 06:55 AM
Wazzy, the pics don't do your boat justice.

Are you heading back down to Muskoka?


05-09-2012, 07:15 AM
'99 Classic 18, stock 350 MAG Alpha, tabs, converted to internal hydraulic steering. I added a couple of grab handles for the back seat guests. I have customized the interior with mahogany dash and side panels. Also changed the Bennett tabs indicator from black to white and changed tab switches to the same type as the rest of the stock switchgear. I did not build the wheel but I did the rest of the woodworking.


I know I have a better photo of the dash, but can't seem to find it right now.

Morgan's Cloud
05-09-2012, 12:37 PM
interior shots? here is one from deep within the "bowels" of my benchseat


Matty , you must be kidding .. Is that really plumbed in there ?

You know , I once heard someone say there was evidence of a head mounted in their St T and I thought they were seeing things .. lol

BTW , if someone knows how to move pics from elsewhere . feel free to take one from post 20 or so and attach it . All my pics were stored at a place I once called 'work' ...


Supposedly a '66 St Tropez . NO numbers were found anywhere even with the deck off and the floor tub out. A five year project.


05-09-2012, 01:45 PM
Here you go MC. That boat came out perfect in my opinion.

05-09-2012, 02:22 PM

yes a factory option I think David Hartmann St T had one too in the bow seat

not to let this thread go down the crapper back on topic pic of donzi

Morgan's Cloud
05-09-2012, 03:45 PM
Thanks Maddad , I think the one of it tied up at the dock would have been cool though seeing there has to be a ton of people here who don't know that the centre console St T was one the original 4 line up way back when... if I only knew how to mess with this computer thingy a bit better . . :banghead:

Otherwise , beggars can't be choosers ... lol

Matty , OT or otherwise , I've seen a few option sheets for the old girls but never seen a 'head' listed on the baby ones.. Now when you get to the 24' series , yes .. But it must have been very rare to see such a factory option on a boat under 22' back then.

But what a selling point !

'Honey, I'm buying a 19' 60mph sportboat'

Significant other .. ' Well ,I'm never setting foot on it ! ! '

'But it has a toilet baby' ..

S/O ..' Hey , this thing is starting to look attractive , when can we go for a spin ?' :kingme:

05-10-2012, 05:37 AM
Wazzi and Chachi i will put some picks up of your boats running and i do hope we can get together for the Moskokas.that was good times.Ill put mine up latter.craig

05-10-2012, 06:09 AM
Thanks for the kind words Ken. Unfortunately I won't be able to make the muskoka run this summer as we already have prior commitments for that weekend. Craig I would love to see some pictures and that video from last summer. Thanks again guys. Have a great summer!

05-10-2012, 06:51 AM
Craig, thanks for offering.
Unfortunatly, like wazzy commitments have stolen another great trip from me.


Carl C
05-10-2012, 08:50 AM
The REAL Flowerpot

05-10-2012, 09:36 AM
My '94 -16 Classic
"Knot Tellin"

05-10-2012, 09:52 AM
Guess where?

05-10-2012, 09:56 AM
1998 22 Classic named "Genuine Trouble". 502 Mag. Stainless Marine exhaust added March 2011. Boost Power (K&N like) filter, Pop-up Cleats added in 2005.
Bought it from Peter Beck in the Toledo area in November 2003. I had to have it after seeing it at AOTH I in 2001. It replaced my 1990 Classic 18 with 454 power.

Primarily boat on the TN River (upper stretch of Ft. Loudon Lake)

05-10-2012, 09:59 AM
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Nice boat, I remember looking at that boat in the fall of 2003 when I bought mine. Super clean, 502, great boat.

Mine was the red 502 for sale in Dallas at that time.

05-10-2012, 10:42 AM
'01 22, 502/Bravo 1 w/procharger...currently awaiting a cash/time infusion.

Mostly used in the Sacramento Delta, though this pic was from Lake Powell a few years ago. I still need to get back there one day!


05-10-2012, 11:26 AM
'99, 454 MAG MPI, EMI manifolds, some sort of K&N style air cleaner, Zieger steering, new carbon fiber dash, autometer gauges, Livorsi throttle w/cf mounting plate, Livorsi wheel, pull up cleats, IMCO shory, martini tabs.

Photo courtsey of Dave McDonald71466


Tim Morris
05-10-2012, 12:36 PM
New interior coming shortly from Josh at DonziDirect. He now has the patterns for the Minx.
Boat has about 525 hours and runs like the first day I got it. I am the original owner.

Just Say N20
05-10-2012, 02:22 PM

You use too much trim :lol9:

05-10-2012, 03:03 PM
'99, 454 MAG MPI, EMI manifolds, some sort of K&N style air cleaner, Zieger steering, new carbon fiber dash, autometer gauges, Livorsi throttle w/cf mounting plate, Livorsi wheel, pull up cleats, IMCO shory, martini tabs.

Photo courtsey of Dave McDonald71466


Where did you get the carbon fiber dash?

Carl C
05-10-2012, 04:19 PM
You use too much trim :lol9: "


05-10-2012, 07:24 PM

you use too much trim LOL"


2009 22 Classic 009
stock 496HO
Does 80mph with 1 person, a little less than 1/2 tank of gas, and a calm day so I can get the drive and tabs up.


mike o
05-10-2012, 07:40 PM
:kingme: Rock and Roll

05-11-2012, 06:48 AM

I made the dash myself. Purchased the carbon fiber sheet, drew a pattern and introduced Mr. Hole Saw to Mr. Sheet.

Purchased the sheet from a place in Mass. Let me know if I can help.


05-11-2012, 07:04 AM

Love that airborne Winnie picture!

05-11-2012, 11:08 PM

I appreciate the info. I might hit ya up for the info later.
I'm thinking that might be a project for next winter, along with new guages.

It looks great, thanks.


05-11-2012, 11:21 PM
Purchased this 1988 Minx late last summer after much research on this site. I saw my first Donzi Minx in 1991 and loved it at first sight. Swore I'd have one someday....and no other would do ! It's hull # 165...so the second last Minx built....and as far as I know the only yellow and white one ever built. Previous owner said it was special ordered. I believe he also indicated that the teak swim platform was also special ordered but I'm not certain. It's all original with a 350 mag and Alpha one....but I've had a 383 stroker built over the winter for it. Now that the summer is here....I'm having second thoughts about the stroker and whether I should just keep the boat stock....since it's running fine and has but 428 hours on it. I'm open to opinions, boys....what should I do ??

All my boating is on Okanagan Lake in beautiful Kelowna, BC.

05-12-2012, 01:41 AM
Congrats on the boat, looks awesome.

Some would say pulling a motor that runs fine is like taking points off the board. But you did build the 383 already. And I know what Billy Squier and Clarence Carter would say... :)

Just Say N20
05-12-2012, 07:40 AM

Great looking boat. I love the yellow.

You had best make sure your trim tabs are all the way up before loading back onto the trailer.

Regarding the engine; you must have some "gear head" tendencies or you wouldn't have built the 383 engine for the boat. But it all comes down to what do you want to use the boat for?

You can always install the 383 and store the original engine to put back in the boat at some point in the future if you decided you want to sell it, and believed originality would bring more money.

05-12-2012, 08:07 AM
that hull would LOVE a 383, I had one so I would know....

add a drive shower too

i'll research your hull number and let ya know it's birth history

awesome boat

05-12-2012, 08:32 AM

My newest addition

05-12-2012, 11:19 AM
Thanks for the great suggestions and comments guys ! I had some issues with the carb at the end of last season and believe that the stock Rochester Q jet probably needs rebuilding. I think I'll rebuild the carb and run it a few times to get a proper "baseline" for how it runs with the 350 mag. Then I'll probably put the 383 stroker in and store the 350 . Over the winter I also ordered new cockpit carpeting , some hatch struts and a full upgraded stereo system. But the sound the engine makes...has been the best sound of all ! It's amazing to me how many 20- 30 year old guys give me the "thumbs up" when they see the Donzi ! I guess they think it's pretty cool for a 63 year old, "grey hair" !!

Can't wait to get it out of winter storage so I can polish it up and get it out on the lake....

05-12-2012, 08:21 PM
Here is some picks of Wazzi and Chachi boat.

05-12-2012, 08:52 PM
bigmc69- what size is that ZR? It looks great, I like the paint scheme/colors.

05-13-2012, 11:32 AM

Here are pics of my baby in better days. Now, here engine is in pieces all over my mechanic's garage floor!:garfield:

05-13-2012, 12:54 PM
71541This is my 84 18 with a383 400+ hp and blackhawk drive still working on it.

05-15-2012, 01:34 AM
1994 sweet 16 5.0 built in Nov. 94 Hull # 0077155071551715527155371554

05-15-2012, 05:25 PM
HI GUYS heres a few shots of my 16 , i think this my first post. the boat is in oyster bay, ny ,it was purchased from a forum member last year. stock it was running 60 on the limiter, with a little computer work and a 21p prop now she does 67mph.


Tug Life
05-16-2012, 01:54 PM
71589My 28 zx twin 350 mags

05-16-2012, 10:15 PM

05-16-2012, 10:31 PM
I go away for a few days and come back to find you guys cracking trim jokes....geez, can't turn my back on you for a second!

(what, you never crossed a wake before??)

Just Say N20
05-16-2012, 10:36 PM
(what, you never crossed a wake before??)

Of course that's what you were doing. And why I thought it was so funny to post a comment suggesting your boat was running that way from over trimming. Especially because you know what you are doing, and would never run like that. :lol9:

Carl C
05-17-2012, 07:46 AM
"Of course that's what you were doing. And why I thought it was so funny to post a comment suggesting your boat was running that way from over trimming. Especially because you know what you are doing, and would never run like that. :lol9: "

Exactly! It was funny.

Welcome DDD12, nice 16.

06-29-2012, 03:34 PM
here's another nice shot of the sting with the sun setting on it

06-29-2012, 04:54 PM
Pretty picture, nice boat and lake.

(Who's getting shot with the Nerf arrow? ;) )

06-29-2012, 05:30 PM
Ghost - Some of these kids are getting pretty tribal! Must've been a Red Sox/Yankees thing.
It's practically Lord of the Flies up there!


06-29-2012, 05:41 PM
For sale in "Other Boats"


06-29-2012, 11:40 PM
no nerf arrow, a kiddie beach shovel, never know when you have to bury the evidence

07-01-2012, 11:50 AM

This is an early 22 (no windshield or modified deck for a windshield). I bought the boat from a dentist in Michigan who special ordered the hull and upholstry to match "Michigan" colors. The yellow was a Cigarette color.


Note she is returning from San Francisco's famous potato-patch to the Golden Gate.


07-01-2012, 10:29 PM
The old one and the new one.


07-08-2012, 06:33 PM
My 1976 Classic 18, Chevy 383 Stroker, TRS 280, 21P Laser II at the ramp on Lake Jackson in Sebring, FL



07-08-2012, 09:21 PM
1976 18 classic......having a great summer with my first boat :shades:


07-09-2012, 12:19 PM
Took her up to Lake Tahoe this weekend. Cruised around as well as rocked out a 12 minute run into Emerald Bay from Homewood woohoo! Thanks to Captain Kirby and Crew at the Homewood marina.



08-26-2014, 10:40 AM
Resurrecting this thread w/ some recently scanned photos of our old '67 Ski Sporter


The slotted wheel is a giveaway for a '67. Also visible is the sleeved metal tube to hold the cover up.

08-26-2014, 11:17 AM
the pot o gold at the end of the rainbow and an air shot

08-26-2014, 03:25 PM
WOW. Lots of NICE boats here!!

Purchased my SWEET 16 July 14, 2014, JUST GOT HER :worthy:

Just Say N20
08-26-2014, 05:17 PM
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c111/streb2005/Mobile%20Uploads/BillsCritter188Medium.jpg (http://s26.photobucket.com/user/streb2005/media/Mobile%20Uploads/BillsCritter188Medium.jpg.html)

08-26-2014, 06:02 PM
Very nice Bill. You look very happy. Probably a sad Ed somewhere though :)

08-26-2014, 06:20 PM
Boat looks great, Bill. :)

AL registration = Alberta or Alabama? :boggled:

Just Say N20
08-26-2014, 06:31 PM
Boat looks great, Bill. :)

AL registration = Alberta or Alabama? :boggled:

Alabama! Never registered in Canada.

08-27-2014, 07:12 AM
Here's a few of my Alabama Donzi (ordered by Nelem's Marine in Jasper, although never registered in AL).


Carl C
08-27-2014, 09:59 PM
Last Monday. Break at Detroit on the way to PIB.

08-28-2014, 12:54 AM
Cathlamet Marina on the Columbia River on Monday.

08-29-2014, 10:01 PM
my Donzi at Haynes Park ramp