I still remember the day I saw my first Donzi Sweet Sixteen. No, this is not one of those lifelong-pursuit of-a-dream stories, unlike many Donzi lovers, I had never ridden in one as a kid and frankly I did not know much about Donzi boats (shameful to admit, I know). I was however, in the market for a boat and on that particular day, I was with clients on a dock at Candlewood Lake expounding on the great waterfront location, and the fantastic views that this particular home on the waterfront offered. As I looked out across the lake my eye caught the graceful shape of a boat as it effortlessly glided upon the water. It was a smaller boat, but its two passengers sat comfortably and in perfect proportion. The lines of the boat were simple but classic and at speed the boat seemed to skim just above the water.
As we all now looked, the boat made a decisive and effortless turn and began to head towards us. It’s symmetrical “V” shaped bow cut through the water and as it began to slow down it sank deep. In 1964 Don Aronow introduced the world to the first sweet sixteen, or the “ski-sporter” as the model was first known. Born of a pedigree of ocean racing the 16 was so ahead of it’s time that the hull design has not been improved-on and is still relevant today, providing a smoother (and some would argue classier) ride than many modern boats.
The 16 has gone through a number of updates, mostly in the engine department. The passenger layout is the same as it was originally with the exception of switching the helm from port to starboard. The 16 is also found in 18 feet and 22 feet varieties, each with a passionate group of owners that defend the virtues of their particular model. I watched that 16 chug right past us, a deep throaty sound coming from its dual exhaust, and dock at the waterfront home next to the one we were at. At this point I realized a couple of things; 1) I had stopped talking 2) my jaw was on the floor 3) I was completely fixated on this boat (Shiny white hull, dark blue racing stripe running down it’s center) and 4) I knew what kind of boat I was going to get!
I did snap back to reality, cleared my throat and composed myself as my client raised his eyebrow at me… But would you know it, keep an eye out on the water and you just might see me pass by…shiny white donzi red racing stripe down the center, floating over the water..
Kevin Donovan Realtor…..Waterfront Specialist….Advanced Real Estate
If it’s time for a real fishing boat, then it just might be time to look at a Wellcraft 210 walk-a-round. Wellcraft has a long history of producing performance boats and fishing boats, and the Wellcraft 210 is no exception. What’s always impressed me about Wellcraft is the quality, attention to detail and the hull’s soft ride.
The early morning lake has a whisp of mist and you can see fish jumping out by the rocks on Chimney Point…forget the coffee and pastry…hurry up and launch the boat times-a-wasting. Bass boats are certainly very specialized boats and this Nitro Z-7 is no exception in it’s ability to get from one fishing location to another very quickly and to provide a great platform for a day of fun fishing. Check out the video to see all the interesting features of this boat.
Classic Motor Yacht’s are well “classic”. Can you picture yourself, seated in the main salon having a quiet dockside dinner or possibly just cruising along into some exotic harbor or maybe you are enjoying afternoon tea on the enclosed aft deck. Wherever you go on this 1960 Chris Craft motor yacht, with it’s gleaming woodwork, polished brass and chrome brightwork, you will feel like the king of the world.
If you are having dreams of a boating Christmas present, why not dream big and ask Santa for a nice new Malibu Wakesetter sport boat with all the goodies for wakeboarding and water skying, can’t you just see it at the dock waiting, all shiny and new. We all know, that’s not what Christmas is about, but still a nice new boat, for next season, is fun to dream about. If santa says no, maybe you should swing by Candlewood East Marina in Brookfield and take a look for yourself.
by: Brian Corson
For a bigger party on the water, it’s great to have a nice comfortable pontoon boat to just set back and enjoy. Fish, water ski, let the kids swim or open up the frig and have a tall cool one, or maybe it’s time to read a book while the folks in the bow are chatting and someone else is enjoying a nap. Many pontoons even have a porti potti head and a changing station to put on your bathing suit. Pontoons are especially stable and easy for less experience boaters to dock and get on and off and are easy to take care of, kinda like a sun deck on the water, powered by an outboard motor.
Modern fiberglass boats are so much more pratical than wooden boats but then what’s pratical about a boat. Every where you go around the water, people are attracted to the classic beauty of wooden boats. Thousands travel to Mystic Connecticut , every year to see them and talk about them. What’s your dream woodie…a beautiful Chris Craft like the one pictured above, or maybe a much older Clarion Barrelback , many will say I want my old Lyman back, some have really big dreams, so it’s time for a new Riva or if you want to dream really big it’s circa 1929 yacht
I have been boating for I long time but I know little about kayaking or canoeing, except that both are very popular in Connecticut and the state provides a huge diversity of options from the wild whitewater of the northern Housatonic at Bulls Bridge to a gentle paddle in Essex’s North Cove on the Connecticut River. The Farmington River is a popular spot as is the Williamantic and really just about every river, lake and small pond. I just heard about slalom canoe/kayaking , looks like lots of fun. The varied shoreline of Long Island Sound, with its many beautiful harbors, bays, islands and lighthouse backdrops, also provides great paddling for sea kayaking and canoeing.
Long Island Sould certainley does not require a yacht, but if your boating life has evolved to dreams of luxury cruising and more extended time on the water, then a real live yacht just might be for you. My yacht dreams have always included Carver Yachts and this particular motoryacht would be just fine with me!
This Bayliner 285 would be very happy on Candlewood Lake or cruising on Long Island Sound. Bayliner has always been known for building a lot of boat for the money and the 285 is certainly one of the best values in the Bayliner fleet.