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Donzi designs and manufactures more than 25 fiberglass, recreational powerboat models ranging from 16 to 43 feet. A select five are showcased in this issue.
38 ZFX Cuddy
The 38 ZFX Cuddy was designed to strike a balance between center console utility and world-class luxury. A bold departure from traditional center consoles, this model offers a user-friendly cockpit with plenty of room.
The forward cockpit offers a comfortable and secure seating area. Richly upholstered wraparound seating surfaces and contoured backrests create a sense of luxury. There's ample under-seat storage in huge compartments in the floor, and an optional refrigerator under the forward console seat. Located aft is a foldaway rear bench seat with an integrated backrest.
At the helm, opt for the standard drop-down bolster seating for two, or for an electric sport bolster seat with integrated controls, which puts the throttles at your fingertips. Select the standard dash with a clean layout and with easy-to-read Smart Craft instrumentation, or choose the optional Sport Dash for a performance-oriented look that features carbon fiber panels, a full array of gauges, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The large console contains an enclosed head compartment with freshwater sink and pullout shower, available electric head and nearly six feet of headroom, while the forward cuddy houses a spacious v-berth and optional air conditioning.
The flagship of Donzi's high-performance fleet, the 43 ZR, was designed for those with an affinity for superlatives: smoothest, fastest, best handling, most stylish. Take your pick.
The cockpit was designed to provide both comfort and convenience. Sculpted and bolstered seating surfaces have been designed around driver and passengers for maximum comfort. There are concealed grab handles for all passengers and large, molded-in steps in the port helm. Cockpit storage areas include a port glove box, an insulated in-dash self-draining cooler, an aft seat storage compartment and recessed pockets in the coamings with deep storage wells.
A lightweight galley module in the cabin features a freshwater sink and compact refrigerator. An enclosed head compartment has a freshwater sink with shower, as well as a portable toilet or an optional vacuum-flush head. The main cabin salon has two facing loveseats and a full-length v-berth forward. Two flush deck hatches combine with direct and indirect lighting to create a light and airy feeling.
The helm features driver-oriented controls that have been placed within easy reach. The cockpit's instrument cluster is situated around a color global positioning system (GPS). Tachometers and GPS/speedometer sit directly above in automotive-style pods, allowing for easy monitoring of all onboard systems. This driver-friendly design also includes the ideal placement of throttles, trim switches, steering wheel and armrest.
The 43 ZR is constructed with lightweight hybrid laminate with vacuum-infused coring for extra strength and the ideal resin-to-glass ratio.
The 38 ZSF is a dynamic model that is equal parts fishing vessel, day boat, luxurious overnighter and offshore performance boat.
The expansive aft cockpit was designed for maximum fishability. A large livewell is located under the wide aft bench seat, along with additional storage. Driver and co-pilot sit securely in the dual, side-by-side drop-down helm seat, protected by a tall, wide, console windshield. The helm features flush-mounted Mercury Smart Craft instrumentation, waterproof switches with circuit breakers, beverage holders, chart flat with plex cover, tilt hydraulic steering, and plenty of space for electronics and navigation equipment. In addition to the standard complement of gunnel-mount rod holders and port and starboard cockpit rod racks, there is locking storage for four fishing rods concealed within the fiberglass inner-liner on the ZSF's available hard top.