You know there is an old saying "right place..right time"... Aronow was a master of that...no doubt. I agree that we would not have had the names above Donzi, Magnum etc...... but so what? We would still have Bertram...who started the whole vee revolution... (not Aronow)...and a number of other builders, Glastron, Allison, Alim, North American, Maritime, etc. and the actual designers and builders of Don's boats (Wynne Walters, Brownie, Elton Cary..etc, etc) would , no doubt have created other hulls to fill the need for offshore performance boats. Don was great at starting companies and marketing...... but his next step was always to package and peddle these same "brands" to other unsuspecting folk who bought into his "legend" nonsense. Heck.... it still goes on today.Originally posted by Spitfire1
T2x........I certainly respect your opinion concerning Don and his accolades...however ...I think you are selling him a little short......Isn't it true that without him...we wouldn't have Magnum....Formula....Donzi.....Cigarette.....and yes.....maybe not even Apache whether you believe it or not.....to say that he built a handful of boats for a few quirky rich racers is understating it at best.....as far as his cats were concerned....given the time to perfect them....who knows where he could have gone with them....although....he was on the backside of his career by then no doubt......but I think you are dismissing him a little when you sum up the man and his career in this fashion......I will agree with you however that he did know how to play the publicity game and Crouse was in no small part responsible for this.....But as they say....he was definitely a man for his time......and I think he deserves a little more credit than you give him......my humble opinion.....Rich
If you look at what Sonny Levi was doing in Europe at the same time Don was creating the Donzi's you will see that the offshore performance hull had many fathers...not one.
All in all this is an interesting thread....but if you go by the facts..... I don't think we would be in a whole lot different place today on the water with or without Don....except that maybe offshore racers would have gotten smart sooner and sat down rather than stood earlier on the process....Don even stood up...in his cats.