Under current ownership in Washington, N.C., Donzi Marine has brought two new models, a 44-foot catamaran and the 41 GTZ, to market in the past two years. Both are outboard engine-powered, both are unlike any previous Donzi releases. Both have created plenty of howling from Donzi traditionalists.
With the 41 GTZ, Donzi Marine blends form and function into an intriguing day boat. Photo by Mark Spencer copyright Donzi Marine/speedonthewater.com.
Our not-so-gentle advice? Get over it. First, that the company has been reborn is good for the entire performance boating world. Second, if you want the kind of Donzi you’ve come to know and love during the years you can finally buy a new one in the form of a 38 ZRC or an 18 Classic. Last, the 41 GTZ—added to the line in late 2019 for the 2020 model year—is one cool day boat, at least if one with a bit of performance attitude is what you’re after, that was built off the original 41 GT prototype platform.
And by day boat, we mean something you could comfortably spend an entire day on board. That requires exceptional seating, open space, lots of stowage and even shade when needed. Creature comforts are paramount, are ride quality and reliability. By those standards, the new-for-2020 Donzi Marine 41 GTZ powered by triple Mercury Racing 400R engines is one hell of a day boat, and a particularly sexy, performance-oriented one at that.