Catching a wave on a speedboat can be exhilarating. Catching a wave that’s 20 feet high on a speedboat, however, could end up seriously damaging the boat, not to mention killing or seriously injuring everyone on board. The wave this Donzi speedboat goes up is definitely a big one, as it’s a good 15-20 feet high. You’ll see how the boat gets lost between the two big waves and ascends the monster wave with impressive speed. It then actually gets some air upon reaching the top of the wave, which looks pretty awesome. But what goes up must come down, and I have a feeling that the landing is going to be less than pleasant for both the boat and the people on board.
What’s the Risk of Capsizing?
You would think that as long as a boat is longer than the wave height, there’s no danger of the boat capsizing. But according to Ocean Navigator, some yachts can be capsized by a wave that’s only 30% of the hull length high. And at 60% of the hull length high, the wave will typically overwhelm the boat. Based on these calculations, the point where a wave becomes capable of rolling a boat is only about 30% high as the boat is long. This roughly 15-20foot wave is closer to 50% of the length of this speedboat, so it’s certainly capable of rolling it. As long as the boat is able to ride up the wave before the wave breaks, however, it likely won’t be knocked down, though that doesn’t mean that the boat won’t go out of control and get damaged when it hits the other side of the wave.
World-Famous Donzi Boats
The speedboat you will see taking this big wave on is a Donzi boat. In business since 1964, Donzi not only makes high-performance boats but fishing boats as well. In addition to their impressive performance, their fishing boats are known for their versatility and good looks. Donzi is best known for their performance boats. Their lineup of boats includes the Donzi 16 Classic, which is probably the most recognizable fiberglass boat ever made. The Classic Series currently includes the popular 18- and 22-foot models as well. This boat, though, is part of Donzi’s high-performance Z-Series lineup.
The Donzi Z-Series
The Donzi Z-Series was born in 1987 with the creation of the Z-33 Crossbow. This boat became an instant success due to its graceful stance and amazing performance. 1987 was also the year Donzi produced their first high-performance fishing boats. But with those great accomplishments came tragedy as well, as company founder Don Arownow was unfortunately shot and killed in his car while parked outside of his shop that same year.
Donzi ZR 35 Capabilities
Donzi’s Z lineup has grown over the years and today includes ZR, ZF, ZFX, and ZSF models. The ZR boats range from 35 to 43 feet long, the ZF models range from 32 to 38 feet, and the ZFX and ZSF models are either 35 or 38 feet. The boat looks to be a ZR model. In addition to outstanding speed, balance, and rough-water handling, the 35 ZR also offers comfort and style. The boat has a long, low bow and centerline deck rail. The sunpad conceals twin V8 engines that can produce up to 565 horsepower each. Here are some of the boats other key specs:
- Top speed of 90 to 100 mph
- 34-inch down draft
- 26-inch up draft
- Weighs 9,650 pounds
- 170-gallon fuel capacity
- 10-gallon freshwater capacity
- Thru Transom exhaust
- Stainless steel prop
- Z-Tech composite hull
Would You Do It?
Would you ever be up for taking on a wave this big in a speed boat? It might be an easier decision if the boat wasn’t yours or if money was no object, but that’s at least $100,000 you are risking along with the danger to the passengers. You have to admit that it makes for a great spectacle though. Watch the amazing jump and share your comments with us below!
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