View Full Version : RIP Walt Walters

01-03-2016, 04:58 PM
The following was buried on page 19 of the thread titled: 'Donzi 16 Timeline - The Boats Built During 1964'. I think this sad news deserves its own, separate thread. RIP Walt.


With heavy heart I must inform you that Walt Walters passed on Dec 28th, Vern and his family are in my prayers. His legacy will always be with us and have a special place in our hearts with past time we love so much.

May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in
the hollow of His hand.

01-03-2016, 06:36 PM
A great one.

Davis - How's the 18?

01-03-2016, 09:44 PM
I had folks over at the cabin this weekend. Other than some fantastic stuff in my new mancave there is an ORIGINAL, metal embossed DONZI sign from dealerships to advertise. It's on my ceiling.

Better than that, I have a DONZI flag, courtesy of Cliff, that is also hanging from the ceiling. Signed at the boat show ( HORBA I think ) a few years ago. Walt Walters in the top right, black felt pen.

What an amazing life, so many accomplishments, truly an icon.

God bless you Walt :)


01-05-2016, 05:10 PM
That Jim Wynne introduced Walt Waters to the Scandinavian performance boat industry was such a blessing. We needed all the help we could get to get our fiberglass boat production done right and by Walters helping set up Ole Botved, of Denmark, for success and others learn from him sure set the bar high. This wonderful article from Professional Boatbuilder magazine by Dan Spurr doesn't tell it all, but honorable Walt Walters story is too long to tell and We Vikings are just so lucky that in almost every harbor is there a treasured performance boat that Mr Walters once picked up a pen and started sketching. Thank You Walt Walters.

Article link: http://www.classicoffshore.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/WaltWaters.pdf

01-05-2016, 11:10 PM
I am pretty sure this is the last item Walt laid his pen on.
thanks Walt.

01-06-2016, 03:05 AM

Nice ! but sad at the same time.

So cool from the boats, the folks, the fun. !!!

Definately respect here !


RIP Walt

01-06-2016, 11:43 AM
Very nice tributes.

Rest in Peace.

smidgen too
01-07-2016, 11:26 AM
Bert thanks again for taking us over to see Walt that day he signed the Fino prints, it was PRICELESS!

01-07-2016, 10:42 PM
Yes Mark, it was fun. Doesn't make sense, he looked so alive and excited to tell his stories only a few months ago. I sent a friend over there last month to help them with some chores and he said Walt was doing good. But he was a trooper till the end. I feel for Verna. They were married forever and they lived such an active life. Such a humble guy.
Bert thanks again for taking us over to see Walt that day he signed the Fino prints, it was PRICELESS!

02-13-2016, 10:38 AM
RIP in Walt. I hold the day I spent on Lake George with Walt, his wife and some special friends as one of my all time boating highlights. Watching him standing beside the helm as we were under way was a picture of sheer joy.