From Biscayne Bay to Lake Tahoe, and from Lake George to the Baltic Sea, find the best-kept, most-loved boat on your favorite body of water and it’s bound to be a Donzi 18 Classic. There’s a reason why these boats have changed so little over the decades: Because Donzi got it right the first time. Coupled with your choice of today’s high-output small-block V8 engines, the 18 Classic is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and leave your passengers with memories to last a lifetime. The 65 Hatteras is always in demand due to her bullet proof construction and go anywhere sea keeping abilities.
When her present owner purchased her in 2013, she had strictly been used as a family cruising boat, and had never been fished! 4 stateroom 4 head layout which includes a separate crews stateroom with head and stall shower, as well as an access door directly into the engine room.
The original owner replaced the two level aluminum railings with a single level SS railing and added a teak pulpit and anchor roller. I was told Bayrunner stopped production of the cuddys because they were too expensive to produce and they made no money on them. I went from the 130 to the 115 because at the time, my choices (4 stroke)were limited to the Suzuki 140, the Honda 130 was priced much higher and physically, much bigger and heavier that the other OB's at the time.


The Yamaha 115 was available, but the Mercury 115(Yamaha powerhead) was around a $1000 less that the Yamaha. The frame on mine has been redone by the previous owner and the interior has been lined with carpeting to combat that humid feeling that you might get without it. The 115 Merc is adequate but not a lot of extra power when I have 3 aboard along with the bait tank filled with water.
I'd opt for the 140 considering that you will be beach launching and will be in need of serious power to get you out of there.
What ever motor that you choose, make sure that you have good dealer support for warrenty and parts issues. There’s a reason so many people have a Donzi Classic story: Because there’s nothing else like them. It may not display this or other websites correctly.You should upgrade or use an alternative browser.
Remember that back when your boat was rated for carrying capacity and max HP there were only 2 stroke OB's at the time.
From looking at the pictures I think that the factory was adding on the extra lip at the chine up towards the bow to deflect the spray down, maybe even add some lift.


If I happen to have 4 guys, I feel the weight but the boat still gets up on plane without a problem. She has been captain maintained, and serviced as necessary by a proud owner who wants everything right on his boat. Highlights include the optional washer dryer, fiberglass hard top, cherry wood joinery, teak and holly cabin sole, electric salon sofa bed. Needed some work and an engine overhaul, but should be out in the water in time for the first Mavericks contest.
Her enclosed bridge makes long runs pleasant and her huge fishing cockpit is a pleasure to fish from.



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