Donzi 28 ZXO

The ZXO looks like she is flying even while tied to the dock.

Walking past the Donzi 28 ZXO during Donzi's dealer meeting last summer, I did a double take. I've been on a multitude of bowriders, but this was one of the first I've seen with a cubby cabin.

Donzi's designers placed the cabin in the middle of the boat, with a walkthrough from the helm deck to the bolstered bow seating area. The cabin has port and starboard seating, an MSD and stowage.

With a sleek venturi windscreen and racy graphics, the ZXO looks like she is flying even while tied to the dock. Appointed with racing-style bolster seats (including manual drop down) and full-beam aft bench seating, this boat offers plenty of room to lounge. The helm is inspired by Donzi's more performance-oriented designs and includes full instrumentation with color-matched bezels. The ergonomically designed dash allows the driver a clear view of all instrumentation.

And this baby does perform. With the optional Scorpion package, which includes twin balanced and blueprinted 377 hp MerCruisers, the ZXO can go faster than 80 mph, according to Donzi.

When it comes to standing behind a product, Donzi is at the top of the list. Each boat is covered by Z-Care, a five-year limited warranty on engines, outdrives, mechanical systems, controls, electrical systems, factory-installed electronics and factory-installed after-market accessories. The program is transferable and includes a 24-hour toll-free hotline, free towing and dockside assistance.

Donzi, (800) 624-3304; www.donzimarine.com.