Breaking News -YNOT Teases Us With What’s About To Rock The Lake Dora Show!

(null)_3Here we go, the teasers are starting to roll in. While the Katzs team already has two Cobras down in Florida ready to go with more coming, fellow Woody Boater Aaron LaDonne and the folks at YNOT who do insane fiberglass work and winners of best in show from previous years are about to unleash another fantastic plastic Donzi on us poor slobs.


Aaron still has yet to see it in the daylight. Thats how fresh it is. mmm Fresh Donzi!

I smell exhaust, gas burning, and mahogany and plastic doing shoot outs on the lake. The teasers rock, with the Gulf Racing colors. My weak spot by the way.. THIS IS WHY YOU GO TO FLORIDA by the way. Still on the fence? WHY for gods sake!

Here is some of the background on the special Donzi.


YNOT Yachts is nearing the completion of the restoration of a 1967 Donzi 19 Hornet 7-Litre, also referred to as the Bench Seat Hornet.  The Hornet is a refined version of the famous Donzi 19 ocean racers from the 1960s, which were hailed as “the most spectacular rough water boats ever built.”


The Hornet 7-Litre was designed by by a team composed of Don Aronow, Dave Stirrat, Jim Wynne and Waltman W. Walters – internationally known marine consultants, designers, ocean racers and builders, and the same team that designed, raced and owned the Formula 233, Formula 275 and Formula Jr.

In early testes of the stock Donzi 19 Hornet, speeds topped 70 m.p.h., which is one of the reasons that Donzi Marine Corp. could guarantee 55 m.p.h. speeds at delivery with the standard power and 60 m.p.h.+ with the available power options. 

Donzi Marine built less than 40 Bench Seat Hornets from 1964 through 1971; with power options from Crusader, Holman & Moody and Daytona Marine (fully warranted turbo charged engine) and offered both V-drive and stern drive configurations.

18 replies
  1. 72hornet
    72hornet says:

    Safe travels to Ben and Aaron live from the St. John’s! Can’t wait to get behind the wheel of that Hornet! We are dodging raindrops, but having a great time as always! I want to give a big shout out to my crew, the infamous Chris Mugge from Steelcraft fame. There’s a story for you in upcoming woodyboater blogs on that one. Our roving reporter had a Jim Staib and Kenny MacStephan sighting …more as it unfolds!

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Love Donzis. If you’re not an automotive motorsports guy (like I am) the Gulf colors may not mean anything to you. But if you’re in the know… well, you know. Attached is the legendary Porsche 917 endurance racer that dominated LeMans, taken by the legendary filmmaker, photographer and Porsche rally driver, Jeff Zwart.

  3. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    That looks like an absolutely top rate restoration! That said, why would I want to leave behind the lovely fresh snow for Florida?

  4. Rick
    Rick says:

    The weather here is like a teenager with raging hormones. 5″ snow last weekend, possible 60 degrees on Thursday and possible snow again this weekend. I would so rather be in FLA. Not even thinking of woody boating here yet. The local locks were still clogged with ice flows yesterday also.

  5. David
    David says:

    I would argue that the Ford GT-40 X-1 was as famous as the Porsche 917. Actually, since it was from the US and it came first in 1966, I would argue it is more famous.

  6. Texx
    Texx says:

    The distinctive Gulf Oil livery of the John Wyer Automotive Porsche 917K race team from the early 1970’s. Powered by a 4.5 litre flat-12 the 917K was clocked at 224.4 MPH at Le Mans in 1970.

    Photo courtesy Sports Car Digest.

    • floyd r turbo
      floyd r turbo says:

      Wonder why they didn’t photoshop the 76 logo off the sign with the “GULF” logo. Guess there was no photoshop back in the day.

  7. Steve Moreau
    Steve Moreau says:

    No AL British racing green is alive and well. When a land Rover dealer ship gets new equipment (mainly lifts) they are required to have then in British racing green. It’s a good looking g color in my book. I which more manufactures would do the same makes the shop look real clean for just a Lil extra.

    • Tim George
      Tim George says:

      Just a little car trivia for all to consider. There is no such thing as an official British Racing Green. Many Marques have chosen many different shades and simply called it BRG. The green on the Aston above is actually metallic! Traditionally BRG is a non-metallic version of various darker shades of green. Near the beginning of car racing history different countries had different official colors. Before 1907 America’s, not Italy’s, official color was red! Germany’s color was white until, in the 1930s, they showed up to a race and was told their car was “Too heavy” so they chose to strip the paint to lose the weight and the exposed aluminum looked nice to them and Silver became Germany’s official color.

  8. Mattyboy
    Mattyboy says:

    nice to see another benchseat being saved. Funny with the mention of British Racing Green, All the early Hornets were “Grumble Green” a dark green very much like British Racing Green they were called “THE GREEN HORNET” (que the brass with the flight of the bumble bee) Good luck on the maiden voyage love to see more pics.

  9. Mike Thrower
    Mike Thrower says:

    Man, that is one Bad Donzi !! I love the color choices. Please post more photos of this beautiful boat !

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