|Location||Riviera Beach, Maryland|
|Beam||8 ft 6 in|
|Engine Model||383 Stroker, freshwater cooled|
|Engine usage (hours)||35|
|Fuel Tanks||1 x 66 gal|
Much faster and stonger than new. Custom reconstructed over a three year period by the Art Lilly racing legend team, Lilly Sport Boats (LSB) in Arnold, MD. (Google their home page if unfamiliar to you.) Because the old Alpha drive train had aged and I was dissatisfied, I took my boat to LSB and the entire old drive train was tossed out, the engine compartment was completely gutted down to the hull. The stringers were replaced with heavy duty modern materials, the transom seriously thickened, everything was fiberglassed and painted with Imron white. The outside stern got a custom, black paint job. The engine compartment is immaculate and still gleams like the day I brought it home. The replacement power train (the entertainment package) included a new Mercruizer freshwater-cooled 383 stroker, new heavy duty Mercruizer transom mount, a Bravo One XZ outdrive, ultra-strong racing Imco 1.50 geared lower unit, Mercury Mercruizer prop (Bravo 1, 15 1/4, 22P #48-831909 LH), and Mercury 280S K-Plane trim tabs. Of course with this amount of power and speed the steering was upgraded to hydraulic. LSB also added a water hose connection inside the engine compartment which greatly simplified flushing the outdrive after use to prevent corrosion. The boat was professionally detailed last month and the Gelcoat on the top and sides reflect images like a mirror (see photos). The boat has always resided on a lift and covered except when pulled for service at LSB or for it's annual detail done onland in our driveway. The exhast gurgles out just below the water line when stopped and goes to straight exhaust at 6-8 knots. At idle, the cammed loping sound of this motor always turns heads and will entrance those who love things that go fast. At speed it sounds like a big block American race car. I cut no corners and spared no expense to build this boat right. This Donzi has $28,000 worth of new parts alone, not including the labor or the original boat itself.
When we had time, my wife and I used the Donzi to go to nearby pull-up restaurants and made one trip each to Rock Hall and Tolchester. One day when the bay was calm, we made it from Rock Creek in Riviera Beach to Hard Yaght Cafe in 15 minutes. Sadly and due to two deployments to Iraq in the past four years, we've only used the Donzi for a Summer and a half.
I had all the mechanicals done to the highest standard. The only things I haven't gotten to is the cuddy cabin. The headliner is sagging and the floor carpet should be replaced which I intended to do myself. The seats show some signs of their life, though not bad, and it needs a new engine-cover pad. I removed the old-school wind screen which had cracked on the left side and tended to show the age of the boat despite all the other renovation. I have not yet had the top repainted where the windshield was mounted. The folks at LSB have an option to mount a new wind screen/wind deflector which will update the appearance...I just didn't get that far this year. If you do buy this Donzi, take it to LSB for service because they know everything about this boat since they custom built and maintained it. I will send more photos to your email if wanted.
The Five Star roller-trailer with hydrolic disc brakes is in great condition and this Summer it got all new wiring with a four-pin connector and water-proof LED lights (last photo).
So you understand how much I cared about this boat, I put in a $14,000 lift next to our pier to preserve the glass hull and planned to own this boat forever. Due to a back injury, I have recently and reluctantly conceeded to my better-half that at our age we need to get a larger boat with a stateroom, galley and head. Also, she wants me to retire and move away from Maryland. That is the only reason the boat I love is for sale. This Donzi is worth every penny and you probably won't find another one built as strong as this one. Though one of my close friends is a broker, I'm selling without him but will use broker rules. To get a sea trial I will ask for a non-binding contract and a bank check for 10% and you will bring both along during the trial. If you like the boat after the sea trial then we will close and the boat is yours. If you don't like it, you will walk away with your bank check and the contract, no problems.
Boat has a stereo and marine radio, but we've never used either and don't think they work. We always used my wife's blue tooth speaker to listen to our favorite music from our phones.
None. I use an App on my smart phone.
Deck and Hull Equipment
All marker lights are new Perko LEDs. Front red/green marker is low profile to prevent lines catching on it.
Small cuddy cabin to seek refuge if caught in a storm or to store bumpers and other items.