By Ron Raven member of ACBS
In 2006 I was living in the state of Washington when I saw this 1971 Sweet 16 Donzi listed on a Craig’s listing in NJ. Luckily I was scheduled to attend a conference in NJ. I contacted the owner and went to Saddlebrook, NJ to inspect the boat.
The original owner Mr. Ehrhardt purchased the Donzi July 5, 1971 from Cove Marina for $6,900.00. When I saw the boat in 2006 I was amazed that the boat was still all original. Nothing had been altered. I purchased the boat from the daughter of Mr. Ehrhardt whom had passed away. The boat had always been garaged when not in use. I had the boat shipped from NJ to the state of Washington. During the summer it is driven on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, Washington.
The history of the Donzi is quite interesting. In the 1960’s Don Aronow created the Donzi line of boats in Miami, Florida. Don Aronow was the off shore powerboat champion for years.
The original engine still runs strong. The original gel coat is in good condition and the seat upholstery looks brand new. I have replaced the gas tank.
I live in Florida nine months of the year. I always long for the summer season so I can cruise one of the nations most beautiful lakes in my wonderful Donzi.