Donzi Speedboat Takes on 20-Foot Wave

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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.

Donzi Speedboat Takes on 20-Foot Wave

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.

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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.

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