I agree with you....this is an interesting thread...but I still have to disagree with you in your generalizations however.......you are a lot more knowledgeable than I am in respect to the different builders in this time period no question....I have no doubt that you probably met many of these guys, ......but I still must disagree with you when you dismiss Dons lineage that was part of his legacy......Magnum...Cigarette...Formula...Donzi....etc....Would these builders aforementioned have filled the void...maybe...there was certainly an abundance of talent there.....but history wouldn't be the same would it???...without Don, the offshore racing world would not be the same........just like we cant erase the likes of Ben Kramer.....although many of us wish we could....I personally don't see it as a detriment or a personality flaw that he was a shrewd business man.....although I guess I might see it differently had I been on the other end of one of his business deals.......but he did sell the glamor didn't he.......yes the offshore performance hull may have many fathers....but lets give Don credit......he certainly was one of them. RichOriginally posted by T2x
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.
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.