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    all 5 of the 96 16's had Merc power....

    at least the ones that DONZI built..
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    What do you think Jim, is this one a pop?
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    The fact that they all had Merc power is probably why they are being repowered.
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    More than four late model Donzi 16 OB for sale now

    Link to broker with 3 of them; http://asbrokerage.blogspot.com/search/label/speedboat

    Can't wait 'till these kids get better video cameras!



    Unfortunately these little Donzi 16's are 20 hours flight away. What a great place to grow up though, if Your parents had the bucks to give You one

    Produced locally, so labor cost should keep the price down

    P.S. Hats off to You Rick. I think most of Us got so inspired by Your fantastic boat that We start seeing Donzi 16 OB's everywhere!!! D.S.
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    Looks like a "down under" gathering of 16 OB splashes. They must all be trying to get to a rally
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    There is a sweet 16 0/b in AL

    With a newer 115 or 125 Merc for like $6300. Look under Pensacola, FL Craigslist. My favorite color as well, white & baby blue.
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    Greg,

    the black and white pic you posted is most likely hull 452 . which was all red side and bottom, white deck, red deck stripe it was produced in the summer of 67 and sold fall of 67. it was noted as an outboard and experimental. at first i thought the red brochure boat could be 452 but that is a rh helm OB and appears later than 67 in the brochure. the lh helm and the teleflex wheel are dead give aways for this time period. They were popping 16 ski-sporters like wildfire at that time my 67 was 410 and was an april boat jay's 67 was 420 also an april boat, by summer the number had jumped to the 450 . that's 30 boats in 3 months!!!. Sorry my point was at that speed it would be hard to stop and re-work the entire deck mold switching to RH so the first OB must have been left handed helm. Which goes against my previous beliefs that all production OB were right handed

    hard to to tell from the b&w pic that hull could be red or grumble green but i would lay good odds it was hull 452 and red.


    another tell tale sign would be the inner strakes an early proto-type would have the very short strakes like the early skisporters and the production babies would have the longer strakes like your boat. the 96 has whatever strake setup the splash omc took their 16 molds from.


    D, nice 16 !!!
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    Matty, that is very interesting information. I tracked down Dr Lou Benz and he sent me this picture of what he claimed was the first Donzi 16 OB Baby ever built. He sold it to a fellow in Germany about two years ago and said it was a 1965. Check it out............
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    that looks more like a re-worked I/O with the floor vent and recessed shifter cut-out. maybe the OB historians can add a piece to the puzzle all the outboards i remember from that period used their own control/shifter boxes including the 1964 west bend golden shark 40 hp I had on my first boat. the shifter box had the throttle shift controls ignigtion switch electric choke connections. were the merc's of that period the same?
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    Were any port side helm OB's ever made?
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    Look at the pics above!
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    Mike,
    according to greg's pic yes i do believe so from the factory not re-worked I/O boats.


    Greg

    if you look at the 70 brochure boat notice the small black hole and what looks like control cables emerging out side the gunwale just behind the driver. That was part of my point with the proprietary control boxes most I recall had the cable connections externally not from behind like the morse of the i/o's
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    Another thing I notice in both pics ( Greg's 's LH boat and the brochure boat) is there are no gauges cut into the dash but just a tach mounted on the deck near the helm. that is pretty interesting.

    hmmmmmm
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    Matty, my buddy's 16 is a 72 and had the cables entering like in your picture. It had a small clamshell vent covering it at a slight downward angle to keep rain water out. It also had speedo, tach, temp, fuel and amp gauges cut into a panel on the dash with a black outline. Some other gauges were also added later on, but we're cutting the number of them back down. You can see a ghost of it's shape in this picture.
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    Am I seeing things or does the red brochure boat have a canvas snap on cover for storage with no side hatches?
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