Mission Statement and important info: While this site has grown, evolved and become an entity in its own right, some things remain and others have changed focus. We still operate with the permission of DONZI MARINE, but are in no way funded by them and are entirely self-sponsored. We are now open to all Donzi's - Any Year... Any Model...
The Classic Donzi Registry is a collective of information about the ALL models of a boat called DONZI. We hope to preserve this, deserved, special place in marine history by presenting information and documentation of all Donzi boats produced .
We use, by permission, the logo of DONZI MARINE, but this is an independent effort funded solely by the writer and is in no way connected with the manufacturer. All information is presented as correct, as best know by the writer, but should not be considered as definitive source.
In April, 1997 the entire effort consists of four sheets of literature
and one member. in 2000 we are almost 200 boats strong!
KNOWN DONZI HISTORYAt age 33, Don Aronow moved to Florida after prospering as a real estate developer in New Jersey. In 1962 his first raceboat was designed by Jim Wynne. In collaboration with designers Walt Walters & Wynne, Aronow founded the Formula Boat Company and launched the Formula 233 to win the Miami-Nassau race. In 1963 he launched a 27' Formula designed by Dick Bertram and Peter Gurke.
The first DONZI, a 28 foot, deep-vee was designed by Jim Wynne in 1964. He won Miami-Nassau in 1965 but sold the company in 1966. He then started Magnum Marine with his own designs. Aronow died in 1987.
(all the above was lifted from Henry Rasmussen's book MUSCLE BOATS published by Motorbooks Intl. in 1988)
The rest of this is going to be chopped bits 'til I get a little more information: