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Old 07-20-2015, 04:56 AM
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New guy here. After being away from boats for 15 or so years (I promised myself I would never own another one). I am getting interested in jumping back in. ;? I'm now retired and actually feel I have the time to get some decent use out of a boat. My last was a twin outboard SeaRay Laguna 24' center console.

I really enjoyed the Laguna which was mostly used on Lake St. Clair in Michigan. I hauled it to Florida and used it sparingly in the Sarasota area and sold it.

I'm just starting to check out used boats (30 -35 ft) and the Donzi has caught my eye. To those that have owned or currently own one are you happy with the boat? Is it too big or just good for off shore running? Any hull or electrical issues? I see some have triple outboards and that adds to my questions. Twins or trips?

Anyway, I just wanted to get an idea if this is a good boat or eliminate it from my wish list.

Thanks.
Old 07-20-2015, 05:48 AM
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What model years are you looking at? In 03-04 they eliminated the bow pulpit on the boats.

I have an 2006 35 ZF cuddy with twin 275 verados. It all depends on what you plan to do with the boat. It is fast and likes to be run fast which is when the stepped hull is most efficient. It will slice through a wave instead of over it so, it can be wet sometimes.

I've had no hull issues and wiring is ok. I added a third battery to have a dedicated house battery as well. Bilge access is ok but not the best, specially if you need to replace the bilge pump auto switch.

For whatever reason(bankruptcy mave have helped), they seem to have gone down in popularity and lost market share as people have shifted to contender, yellowfin seahunter, etc. which means that some for sale are at attractive price points.

Feel free to let me know if you have any other specific questions or PM me
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Thanks Donzist. I have seen a few repowered 2000's that are seeming to be nice boats for the price -$40 - 50,000 range. I would like to stay under $50,000, I think. Might have to look smaller to find something newer. Not a buyer today as I would like to sell a pro street Nova to free up some cash. I like to kind of watch the market and then when the time comes, I'll have a decent feel for what is available and at what price.

I wasn't really looking at specifics but just a general consensus on the boat. Kind of a would you buy another or not type of opinion.
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I have never owned one but from an appearance standpoint I think they are great looking boats. I had a Scarab Sport 302 which I loved, not sure how the Donzi measures up to a Scarab.
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They look sexy for sure... I would buy one with 4 strokes for 40k no problem. Never owned one though but hey, at least is not a bayliner.
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Originally Posted by RussH View Post
I have never owned one but from an appearance standpoint I think they are great looking boats. I had a Scarab Sport 302 which I loved, not sure how the Donzi measures up to a Scarab.
The Scarab center console is another boat that I like, as well.
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Have fished on a friend's 32 ZF with 225 Optis. They are great boats for the price, like to ride fast. Take a lot of fuel with the 2 strokes and have a narrow beam.

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