Posts Tagged ‘mercruiser 377’

Less than $100,000 for a Donzi Boat

note that the trim tabs control the boat at speed as the hull is barely in the water

She is a classic but not one of the very first models that Don Arronow brought to market when he started Donzi Marine in 1964

Its all business in this cockpit

She is still the Classic Rough Water go fast runabout. She has the two strake, 24 degree deep v that is the way to go fast but smooth when its choppy or when the seas are building up. Yes, a deep v takes more power than a flat bottom to run fast, but give the hull that power, and she can take that speed and keep going even when its rough. And the white caps are showing.

In calm water, most similar powered runabout boats will beat her in a race. So if its flat calm where you boat, do not consider this one.

You control this boat with the steering wheel and the trim tabs settings. Get the best steering choice possible and K-Planes brand trim tabs with a mechanical read –out panel on the dash.

here the trim tabs are pushing mor of the hull into contact with the water

Get the new 430 Hp Mercruiser 502 engine with a Mercruiser Bravo I x drive for speeds around 34 mph at only 2,500 rpm or almost 60 mph at 4,000 rpms. Top speed often comes with a 27” pitch prop and depending on load and the kind of weather day you will get 76-79 mph at over 5,200 rpms WOT. 80 mph is only seen on a speedometer, not on a GPS gauge, BTW.

hold on using the bar under your feet while the trim tabs are set for speed

Walk away from anyone that suggests the Mercruiser 377 package with a Bravo I.

Tabs can assist in a turn, too

LOA 22’ 6” beam 7’ 0” and around 3,400 lbs. Seats 5, and stows very little.