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1979 Donzi

Estimated price for orientation: 18 500 $

Category: Cruisers

Condition: Used Year: 1979
Make: Donzi

Up for sale is my 1979 Donzi Hornet II which has been fully restored. I will touch base on all the specs in this posting. Please read the entire add before asking questions that may have been answered.First and foremost, the only reason I am selling this boat is to help pay down some debt.  I DO NOT want to sell this boat and I have invested more than my asking price without what I paid to purchase the boat. This boat has been in the family since the early 1990's and always maintained. In the mid 1990's the entire structural part of the boat was redone and restored. The top half of the boat was removed. More like a cap off restoration. The stringers, bunks were removed and replaced. The boat is stronger now then from factory. The engine compartment was modified to fit the newer 454 chevy big block motor along with the TRS driver.The entire "top half" of the boat was redone as well. The fiber glass was fixed, repainted and new clear coat sprayed. The entire interior was redone with new vinyl for the seats and new carper for the floor. During that time the original engine was removed and installed was a big block 454 along with the TRS Drive. The engine is a 454 with a 4 bolt rear out of a 1970's chevelle. The internals were removed and replaced with all marine components. The entire inside of the engine block received special anti-corrosive adhesive/paint, prior to installation and assembly. Fast Forward to 2013. I finally picked the boat up and was mine. I decided to redone the engine and "freshen" things up. I removed the 1970's 454 that was in the boat and dropped it off at RPM Engines in Westwood, New Jersey. I advised the builder "Doc" that I wanted a fully built engine with all quality internals. The block was checked for cracks, etc etc. I bought all new forged internals; Crank, Rods and Pistons. I bored the engine .30, the compression is 8.5-1. The heads are edlebrock marine performer rpm heads with all crane internals; push rods, roller rockers and valves. I went with a crane comp roller cam. The engine has maybe 20 hours on it and was only used in fresh water 5 times. The motor is perfectly healthy, sounds absolutely beautiful and runs absolutely phenomenal. I have all paperwork for the engine build. I bought brand new Stainless Marine exhaust manifolds and risers mounted to a 3" gil stainless steal tip. The exhaust has a 1970's corvette 750cc carburetor which was rebuilt summer of 2015 by Steves Carburetors in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The motor mounts for the motor are custom to allow that engine to mount and sit properly in the boat. The TRS drive and transmission were fully rebuilt in the late 2000's and has zero issues. I know the TRS drive is an old and "obsolete" but the drive was removed from a 40' cruiser which was mated to a 454 (boat had twin engines and drives). The drive/transmission was opened up and fully rebuilt with all forged internals. This drive is pretty much bullet proof. I don't think you will ever "destroy" this drive. Specifically since it was designed to push a 40' boat which weights double of what my boat does. I have no issues what so ever with the drive, engages into gear smoothly and works as it should. The drive is mated to a 24inch prop.The boat has a gil stainless steel water strainer, gil stainless steel exhaust tips, exhaust tip housing, I bought new new oil and power steering pump oil coolers in the spring of 2014. I bought a brand new steering piston, installed new cables for the steering as well.I am honestly forgetting somethings but I replaced just about every single nut and bolt when I rebuilt the engine. I had the drives removed and has all new seals installed, new gimble housings, new TRS drive pistons (lift the drive up and down) all brand new and replaced. Money was not a factor when I decided to fix all the issues. The bad:
The boat is a 1979 and even though the boat was redone in the mid 1990's there are some small strees cracks which is common on all fiber glass boats. The small stress cracks are on the rear of the boat where the latch is. The interior does show very slight fading but overall is in good shape.
The Tachometer doesn't work perfectly
The engine bay was painted Battleship Gray and some areas need to be slightly touched up.  If you have any questions, please call me I could explain more on the phone then in this listing. I also am in contact with the original builder if you have any questions. Trailer:Load Rite galvanized aluminum in great condition. I replaced all four wooden bunks and installed new carpet.All bearings were packed and are in good shapeBrakes are in good shape as wellEverything works as it should

201-913-5613I don't have any pics of the motor right now since the boat is currently shrink-wrapped