With all due respect to the resurging famed Baja Marine and Fountain Powerboat lines, we’ve been dying to see what Iconic Marine Group would do with Donzi Marine since it took over all three brands a couple of years back. While Fountain conjures images of speed and performance and Baja reminds folks of how easy and just plain fun go-fast powerboating can be, Donzi carries the undeniable mystique of a Don Aronow-backed brand.
The first new Donzi sportboat under the Iconic Marine umbrella, the 41 GT is as versatile—and downright sexy— as they come (click image to enlarge). Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
That’s why Donzi offerings remained for years after the company was founded in 1964 some of the sexiest and most coveted go-fast boats.
Of course, the decision- makers at the Washington, N.C., company knew all this when they acquired the brand along with Baja and Fountain. But they also knew that they had lots of work to do in reviving those two more-consumer-viable brands. (Even during its best days, Donzi couldn’t have touched the eventual sales volume of Fountain and Baja.) So the Iconic folks wisely committed to building the Donzi Classic series of single-engine 16-, 18- and 22- foot sportboats and got busy with their Fountain and Baja revivals.
Still, knowing they were working on a larger V-bottom— with outboard engine power in a savvy nod to today’s hottest propulsion trend—we couldn’t wait to see it for the first time in person.