• YEAR: 1987
  • SIZE: 23
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  • MOTOR: Mercruiser 260hp
  • OUTDRIVE: Alpha One
  • OWNER: Steve, Hammatt
  • LOCATION: WA, Skagit Valley
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Donzi FB-23 Sportfisher (hull # DMRFC025E787). Renowned Donzi design and reputation, a perfect combination of off-shore deep-vee hull (same as famous Z-boat series) with practical fishing cockpit. Fresh 260 hp Mercruiser (not even broken in), new fresh-water cooling system, Alpha One outdrive with new trim pump, new seats, new stainless prop (spare), Cannon electric downriggers, canvas and more. Red hull, white topsides, gorgeous lines, comfortable cuddy that sleeps two. Gets to the fish fast with incredible handling and ride. Includes 9.9 hp kicker with new mount, and galvanized 2-axle Calkins trailer in great shape for easy tow. $17,950. Contact Steve Hammatt, 360-428-8882 or Mount Vernon, WA USA. DETAILED INFO: The boat is a model F-23 built in Florida in 1987, and apparently is relatively rare (there is one other in the NW I am aware of). It is based on the designs of Don Aronow (the genesis of the name Donzi) and genius behind a series of offshore race boats. In addition to Donzi, he founded Magnum, Cigarette and other race boat companies. In the late '80s, Donzi marketed a series of fast, well-appointed sport boats (Z-boats in 23, 25, 29 and 33 ft. lengths) with deep-vee hulls and high performance engines. The F-23 uses this hull design with an enlarged cockpit to better accommodate fishing, so it is truly multi-purpose---sport, fish, ski. The boat has a cuddy cabin that will accommodate 2 comfortably with access thru a smoked Plexiglas door from the cockpit and a Bowmar smoked glass hatch overhead. There is no on-board galley or head, but there is plenty of room for a porta-potty. Stock hull colors were red, blue, green or yellow with white decks. The red is a bright red, a la Ferrari, though the sides are showing a little fade. The bottom is perfect. Cockpit cushions are light gray with red accents. Power is via a MerCruiser 260 (based on a Chevy 350 cid block) and Alpha 1 outdrive. The engine, outdrive and trim pump have been completely gone through by a local MerCruiser dealer and has yet to be broken in; at the time this work was done, I had a new fresh-water (closed) cooling system installed (it did not have one originally). When properly broken in and trimmed properly, the boat has a top speed in excess of 50 mph. Topside, the design does allow walk-around to the bow on non-skid decking with safety provided by an extended one-piece stainless bow railing. Custom stainless railings were added at the stern by the original owners. The original top bows and canvas are included; a cockpit cover (as I've seen on the other F-23) could be added easily. I bought the boat about 6 years ago because I wanted a Donzi from the time I first saw one over 40 years ago. I'm selling it because I bought a trawler more suited to cruising---and I don't fish! Included are a galvanized Calkins 2-axle trailer in good condition, a 9.9 hp kicker motor with new transom mount and auto-oiler built into the boat, an unused stainless prop (spare), new seats, a bag full of water ski gear (ropes, tows, and flotation), PFDs, a pair of Cannon electric downriggers and some electronics (fish-finder, radio) that were with the boat when I got it but unused by me. The Donzi is a superb handler, stays dry even in choppy water, and a perfect lake boat in my opinion.