A company that takes its name from the iconic Don Aronow, the “King of Thunderboat Row,” Donzi arguably introduced the world to the concept of a sleek, fiberglass speedboat. From the 1964 introduction of what’s now known as the “Sweet 16,” to today’s popular ZF models, offshore speed, performance, and style have been brand trademarks. Though the financial crisis took its toll on the brand, Baja Marine acquired the assets of Donzi in late 2012, and production of these high-performance powerboats has resumed full-force.
The Donzi 38ZF Open is loaded with fishing features such as massive insulated overboard-draining fishboxes, a 60-gallon illuminated livewell with high-volume pump system, nine standard gunnel-mount rod holders (with four more on the optional T-top), two removable coolers, and locking tackle storage compartments in the console. Rod racks are recessed into the cockpit sidewalls, and theres a cutting board and bait prep station with raw water washdown and a freshwater sink housed in the transom. Floor hatches with stainless steel dog-down latches allow access to substantial additional storage below deck, and a wide-open, clutter-free cockpit floor extends all the way to the bow for full 360-degree fishability. The 38 ZF provides an ideal combination of performance, comfort and utility, putting even the most distant waypoints within reach. With its proven ventilated hull design and triple Mercury 4-stroke Verado outboards, the 38 ZF produces speeds in the mid-60s, with nimble handling and a smooth, dry ride.