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Donzi Hornet

Postby solitaire » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:27 pm

Please let me start this post with an apology for not being in attendance at CMBA events this year, this is the reason (in short), There is an interesting back story and I should be able to put a small article together for the mag.)
- On a cold January morning this year, while having a cuppa' in a lockkeepers hut with moonman - I got a call from friends in the US telling me to expect a "gift".
I had thought - it may have been an old outboard motor, but in early March I got a surprise when this arrived -

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Its a Donzi Hornet 19 - built early 1968 and one of the original 3 boat line up when Donzi started building boats in Miami - 1964.

This Hornet - Hull number 37 was built as a bench seat model but late 1968, the factory had decided to make a 2+3 version so the bench seat deck was removed and she became the first Donzi Hornet 2+3.

She still has her original Holman Moody 351 Ford Windsor engine and Volvo Penta 250 drive, and the boat is 95% original.

Luckily she has always been in fresh water - on Mountain Lake Virginia, and has had 3 previous owners - all on the lake, but sadly now at 50 years old she's showing some signs of poor maintenance and neglect. To that end I have spent the spring and summer stripping out the boat for a total refit - having just turned the corner and beginning to put things back together, - I thought I should share my progress:-

Engine bay on arrival :-
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Engine Bay today - still "Work in Progress" :-
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There is still a ton of stuff to do - but will have her on the water next year.
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Re: Donzi Hornet

Postby Diomedea » Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:45 pm

That's some friends you have there!
Super project and look forwards to your updates.
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Re: Donzi Hornet

Postby Alacrity » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:08 pm

Lovely work as ever Solitaire, we missed you at Cardiff this year.
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Re: Donzi Hornet

Postby water_buoy » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:00 pm

:thumbsup: cracking job Solitaire

Can't wait to hear that engine fire up!
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Re: Donzi Hornet

Postby solitaire » Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:01 pm

The Hornet is coming along well, Does anyone have an spare Volvo 250-280 drive transit bracket - (The bit that supports the weight of the drive when its being transported and saves it bouncing and breaking the tilt mechanism)
Looks like this !
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