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Apache is a boat builder in the marine industry that offers boats for sale in a range of sizes on Boat Trader, with the smallest current boat listed at 23 feet in length, to the longest vessel measuring in at 42 feet, and an average length of 32.5 feet. Boat Trader currently has 2 Apache boats for sale, including 0 new vessels and 2 used boats listed by both individual owners and professional dealers mainly in United States. The oldest model listed is a late classic boat built in 1986 and the newest model year was built in 1995.

How much do Apache boats cost?

Apache boats for sale on Boat Trader are offered at an assortment of prices, valued from $16,000 on the most reasonably-priced watercraft all the way up to $299,900 for the most extravagant models. Higher performance models now listed come rigged with motors up to 1,000 horsepower, while the most modest more functional models may have as modest as 1,000 horsepower engines (although the average power size is 1,000 HP).

What kind of boats does Apache build?

Of the boats listed, Apache offers familiar boat hull types and designs including other. These vessels are commonly used for conventional boating endeavors including day cruising, watersports, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. The boats available here currently from this builder come with inboard propulsion systems, available in diesel and gas fuel systems.

Why are Apache boats popular?

Apache is popular for their Center Console and High Performance among other classes and models. Overall these available boats have an extremely shallow draft and average beam, attributes that make them well-suited for day cruising, watersports, saltwater fishing and freshwater fishing. Given their classic, crowd-pleasing status as a popular, established boat brand, used Apache boats in good condition often make sensible candidates for boat repowering projects.

What is the best Apache model?

Some of the most iconic Apache models presently include: 23' Center Console Diesel and McManus 42 COMANCHE.


Donald Aronow

American designer/builder/racer:famous Magnum Marine/Cigarette/Donzi/Formula speedboats

Donald Aronow

Born(1927-03-01)March 1, 1927

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

DiedFebruary 3, 1987(1987-02-03) (aged 59)

Miami, Florida, U.S.

Cause of deathHomicide
OccupationBoat designer, builder and racer
Spouse(s)Shirley Goldin
(m. 1948; div. 1979)
Lillian Crawford
FamilyMartin Kimmel (former son-in-law)
Leelee Sobieski (granddaughter-in-law)

Donald Joel Aronow (March 3, 1927 – February 3, 1987) was an American designer, builder and racer of the famous Magnum Marine, Cary, Cigarette, Donzi, and Formula speedboats. He built speedboats for the Shah of Iran, Charles Keating, Robert Vesco, Malcolm Forbes, and George H. W. Bush. Retired President Lyndon B. Johnson owned several 16 ft. Donzi speedboats on his Texas ranch with which he would race his Secret Service agents.

Early life and education[edit]

Aronow was born in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn,[1] the youngest son of Russian-Jewish immigrants[2] Herman and Ruth Aronow.[1] He had two elder sisters, Sylvia and Lillian.[1] His father owned a gas station and then a taxi company which collapsed during the Great Depression.[1] He graduated a top athlete from James Madison High School in 1944,[1] worked as a life guard at Coney Island, and enrolled at Brooklyn College.[1] In 1945, he joined the merchant marine and worked overseas until the end of World War II.[2] In 1947, he returned to the USA and completed his studies graduating from Brooklyn College in 1948 with a physical education degree[1] earning letters in football, wrestling, and track.[1]


After school, he worked as a physical education teacher for a time until he accepted a job at his father-in-law's southern New Jersey construction business which was booming thanks to demand from returning World War II veterans.[1] In 1953, he established his own construction company, the Aronow Corporation which quickly became one of the largest construction companies in the state.[1][2] In 1959, at age of 32, the now-millionaire Aronow moved to Miami with his family, where he began racing boats as a hobby.[2]

The hobby evolved into a business and by the end of 1962, he had formed the Formula Marine boat company, which he then sold to Merrick Lewis' Alliance Machine Corp out of Dayton, Ohio. In 1964 he started Donzi Marine made the Donzi brand an international success and quickly sold the company to Teleflex Inc. in mid 1965. In 1966, he founded Magnum Marine and in 1967 proceeded to win his first World Championship driving two 27' Magnums, a single engine inboard and a triple engine Mercury powered outboard.

Since he was not supposed to be building boats in 1969, according to his non-compete clause following the sale of Magnum Marine, Aronow built the first Cigarette boat under the name Cary, with the help of Elton Cary's Miami Beach facility. After campaigning his boat "The Cigarette" around the world with mechanic Norris "Knocky" House as his cockpit companion, he won his second World Championship in three years, and third consecutive United States Championship while becoming only the 2nd American in history to win the UIM Gold Medal of Honor (Gar Wood was America's first UIM champion). Once Aronow was able to formally open his new company, he started Cigarette Racing Team using his own designs in 1970. Having sold Cigarette for the last time in 1982 (after having sold it and purchasing it back in the late 1970s while merging it with his own Squadron Marine), he formed USA Racing Team and built the Blue Thunders, 39-foot catamarans used by the United States Customs Service to patrol U.S. waters and run down illegal offshore activities, especially drug smuggling. Aronow's close friend at the time, Vice President George Bush, was a former Cigarette owner and was involved in testing out the 39-foot cats prior to government approval.

Aronow's boats won over 350 offshore races and he was a two-time world champion and three-time U.S. champion. He has been elected to every powerboating Hall of Fame in existence and as stated above, he and Gar Wood were the only two Americans to have ever received the UIM Gold Medal of Honor.


The great speed of Cigarette boats also made them a popular choice among cocaine smugglers. On February 3, 1987, Aronow was murdered in his car at the end of 188th Street in North Miami Beach where his boat companies operated. Aronow had just left a meeting with Bob Saccenti, part owner of Apache Power Boats together with partner Ben Kramer. Witnesses said that a powder blue Lincoln pulled next to Aronow's car from the opposite direction, and when Aronow rolled down its window the driver opened fire. Another witness tried to follow the Lincoln as it fled but could not catch the killer(s). The Lincoln drove over the grass to get away.

Nearly a decade later, two men pleaded no contest to charges related to Aronow's killing.[3] In 1995, career criminal Bobby Young admitted to shooting Aronow and pleaded no contest to second degree murder, eventually providing a full confession in 2009 shortly before his death.[3] Ben Kramer, winner of the 1986 American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship, pleaded no contest to manslaughter in 1996.[3][4][5] Kramer had a business dispute with Aronow after buying the latter's USA Racing Team but was forced to sell it back to Aronow after the Customs Service refused to do business with him.[3] Kramer was already in prison on a life sentence with no possibility of parole following 1988 and 1989 convictions for drug smuggling and gun charges, as well as receiving a 1990 conviction for a failed escape attempt by helicopter from a federal prison near Miami.[4]

The story was also the basis for the 2009 documentary film Thunder Man: The Don Aronow Story and the 2018 movie Speed Kills with John Travolta.

Personal life[edit]

Aronow married twice.


  1. ^ abcdefghijkl"How a Kid From Brooklyn Put Go-Fast Boats On The Map" By Capt Ken KreislerArchived January 6, 2014, at the Wayback MachinePower & Motor July 2000
  2. ^ abcdef"Don Aronow's Murder Leaves Miami Wondering: Were 'Cigarettes' Hazardous to His Health?", Joshua Hammer, People March 30, 1987
  3. ^ abcdDavid Ovalle (2010-12-08). "Kramer's Conviction Upheld in Aronow Murder". Miami Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  4. ^ abBarry Bearak (1989-04-18). "Helicopter Crash Foils Drug Smuggler's Prison Escape". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  5. ^"1986-1990 APBA Hall of Champions Inductees". American Power Boat Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  6. ^"Master Of Those Mad Racers - Don Aronow hurts a little, but as the world's top ocean powerboat driver and builder he is never bored", Jerry Kirshenbaum, Sports Illustrated November 17, 1969
  8. ^New York Social Diary: "Claudia Aronow" Archived 2013-04-21 at the Wayback Machine April 13, 2012
  9. ^New York Times, Men's Fashion, Travel: "For The Moment | Show Time for Adam Kimmel" January 11, 2008
  10. ^Bloom, Nate (April 17, 2012). "Interfaith Celebrities: Coming of Age Again, the Girls of NYC and a Couple of Rookies". InterfaithFamily. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015.
  11. ^New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths KAYES, CECILY ELMES" February 4, 2004

Further reading[edit]

  • Don Aronow: The King of Thunderboat Row, 1994, by Michael Aronow
  • Historic Offshore Race Boat Association - Donald Aronow
  • Blue Thunder: How the Mafia Owned and Finally Murdered Cigarette Boat King Donald Aronow, 1990, Thomas Burdick and Charlene Mitchell
  • Samuels, David (December 18, 2006). "liquid smoke". Men's Vogue. Archived from the original on January 4, 2007.
  • "The Murder of Speedboat Builder Don Aronow", Matt Meltzer, Miami Beach 411, September 18, 2007
  • "Rock around the States: Don Aronow" by Antonio Soccol
  • "30 for 30 Shorts: Collision Course" Documentary on Aronow's Murder
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1991 42' Apache Powerboats 42 Comanche For Sale

American Custom Marine presents this High Performance Boats 1991 Apache Powerboats 42 Comanche boat for sale.

  • This Apache Powerboats 42 Comanche offered at $299,900
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McManus 42 Comanche
- Formerly "Still Got It" race boat that was raced by Bob Teague
- Complete modern restoration completed in 2015 by TNT Custom Marine (Receipts available)
- Current servicing and maintenance conducted by TNT Custom Marine
- Survey conducted in 2015 after restoration
- Approx 80 Hours on boat since restoration

- Twin Teague 1000 HP Supercharged Engines , 93 Octane Fuel (35 Hours since Full rebuilds in 2017 by Progressive Racing Engines of South Florida, Receipts available)
- Sea Strainers
- Mercury Racing SSM 6 Drives
- K Plane Trim Tabs
- Mercury 5 Blade Cleaver Props

- Fineline Custom Interior
- Red Carbon Fiber Dash
- Livorsi Gauges
- 3/4 Cabin
- Vacuflush Head
- Air Conditioning System (Shore power or Generator Operated)
- Mirrored Engine Hatch

- Garmin 8208 GPS
- Fusion Stereo with JL Audio Speakers
- ICOM VHF Radio
- Headset Intercom System
- LED Interior Lights
- LED Underwater Lights
- Shore Power
- Panda Diesel Generator (Generator currently out of boat but can be reinstalled upon request)

- Custom Paint by Grafix Worx
- Swim Platform

- Full Cover
- Cockpit Cover
- Myco Aluminum Trailer

Super Cat Fest Powerboats Part 1 / LOUD!

Fast Talk

Everyone who knew legendary Cigarette founder Don Aronow has a story to tell about him. We collected some of the best.

The Crew
Michael Aronow: son
Bob Saccenti: builder of Chief Powerboats and founder of Apache Performance Boats
Phil Lipschutz: former Aronow contractor and current Miami-area Cigarette dealer
Allan “Brownie” Brown: former acquaintance
Michael Peters: contracted designer 1981-1986, hired full-time 1987

They just don’t make ’em like Don Aronow anymore. During his quarter-century-long reign as the undisputed king of Thunderboat Row, Aronow was a lot of different things to a lot of different people. He was a hero and a genius, a ballbuster and a bully. A world-champion boat racer who enjoyed wild success in business, he was also an unapologetic playboy and fabled bon vivant. 

But Aronow may have possessed a darker side that even he could not outrun. And in the end, he wound up as nothing more than a target for an assassin’s bullet. This is his story in the words of some of the men who knew him best.

[A tough, athletic, Jewish kid from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, by age 21 Aronow found himself married and about to start a career in his father-in-law’s New Jersey construction company.]

Brown: Shirley was his first wife. Her father was extremely wealthy and Don once told me he was going to take Shirley to California if the old man didn’t cut him into the business.

Aronow: After he was working with the family for a few years he went off on his own and started building homes, then shopping centers, industrial parks, all over northern New Jersey. And he eventually became aggravated with the business. The weather was cold and he was getting ulcers and he said, “I can’t do this anymore. I can retire and let’s go to Florida.” This was in 1961.

Brown: Everybody has their own idea about why he was in Miami. Some people say he was hiding from the mob. I can’t imagine that though, he was pretty easy to find. He thought he was going to semi-retire to Florida and skin dive and fish, but he got bored.

Peters: Aronow looked the part. Guys wanted to be him. Six foot three, real good looking, lots of swagger. He was right out of a Hollywood script. He’s the only person I’ve ever known like that. He was larger than life. And he liked to get the best of people.

Saccenti: When he came to Florida, he got hooked up with the greats, and he definitely made his mark. People said whatever Don touched turned to gold. 

Aronow: Forrest Johnson was originally his fishing buddy. They become friends and Mr. Johnson told my father about the Miami-Nassau race and my father became really interested in it. He competed in the race in April ’62 and led until the end, but they [blew] a clutch and had nothing left. The boat coasted in fourth. And he became hooked on racing and that’s how it all began.

Lipschutz: Once racing’s in your blood you can never get it out.

Aronow: After the ’62 race my father started to work with Jim Wynne and Walt Walters. He went to 188th Street in Miami and decided he wanted to put a plant there. And that became the original Formula Marine.

Brown: He started Formula from scratch and sold it to Thunderbird in about a year. Made quite a lot of money on it in spring of 1964. He did that a few times. He sold Magnum to American Photocopy for a ton. He had plenty of cheese. He had a brown Rolls Royce and [raced] horses and stuff. 

Saccenti: He used to say you’re never gonna make a lot of money building boats. You make a living doing that. You make real money when you sell the company.

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Brown: He was also the best boat salesman in the history of the world. A guy would come looking at a boat with a girl, and the guy would ask “How much?” And Don would go, “Seventy grand.” The guy would say, “That’s too much.” And Don would say every time, “I think you should go get a Bayliner then, this is way too much boat for you.” And the guys would be ripping their pockets open trying to give him money!

Peters: A guy would walk into his shop, all excited to meet [Aronow] and buy a boat. And the guy would say, “I want a 28.” And Aronow would say “Oh no, we’re all sold out.” And the guy would keep pushing, Oh, I wanted one all my life. And Don would say, “Yeah we don’t have any 28s, but I’m building a 35 for myself and I could sell that to you.” That was classic Aronow.

Brown: Every boat he sold was “built for himself.” There’s about 70 people out there who think they have a boat Don built for himself.

Aronow: By ’66 my dad had sold Donzi to Teleflex. Then he bought a parcel of land immediately west of them, and that’s where he built the Magnum building. It was a big building and obscured the Donzi plant, and you couldn’t see [Donzi] from Highway 1 anymore! That was just his personality.

The secret to happiness is taking risks: Don Aronow understood that motto as well as anyone who ever lived.

Saccenti: The real Don was sitting at a business table negotiating deals. And he never would backpedal later or change things. When you shook his hand that was the deal. Some people bad-mouth him, “Oh he did this, he robbed that,” well that’s shame on you. You’re a businessman too. You gotta do your homework. Because he did, that’s for sure.

[With lots of money and charisma, not to mention starting-quarterback good looks, Aronow soon became a ladies man of legendary status in Miami circles.]

Lipschutz: The saying he had about [Cigarette’s famed Mistress model] was “every man should have a Mistress.” And that certainly described him, too.

Brown: He’d fuck your wife in a second. He was a real successful cocksman. The best I ever saw. I used to work boat shows with him and holy Christ!

aronow: I don’t think any of those guys had ever seen anything quite like it to be honest.

Brown: At Cigarette he had an intercom in his office and he used to boff his secretary there and if you needed him you just hit him on the intercom!

Peters: The upstairs apartment above his office was kind of famous. He would have a succession of ladies that would appear. Just lining up. At his funeral, Doc Magoon gave the eulogy, and at one point he said “Don was a man’s man,” and he paused, and then he said, “and he was a ladies’ man.” And everybody looked around the room at all of the known mistresses that were sitting there.

Aronow: My father broke up more marriages than anybody. You can talk to anybody [about that]. … [But] he was home every night. He was a great dad and a great husband. He came to my basketball games, my football games, he was always around.

[Aronow was extremely competitive in most aspects of his life, perhaps even to a fault.]

Peters: If you were a coward, with him, you were gone. You had to be able to match. And if you had money and you were a coward, he’d take as much as possible. He was about outdoing the other guy no matter what you were doing.

Saccenti: He was a great guy and a great businessman. He was the type of guy that if he liked you he loved you. But if he didn’t like you, watch out.

Brown: Our friend Stu Jackson worked for Thunderbird and he received a gold Rolex when he retired. We were having lunch one day and Don asked if it was a good watch. Jackson said it was the best in the world. Aronow said “Let me see.” Then he took the watch by the clasp, banged it on the table, and threw it in a glass of beer. I don’t think it ever ran again.

Peters: He didn’t like guys that came in and tried to go toe to toe with him. He’d knock you right down.

Brown: Don was so reckless with shit like that. A kid was going to start a boat company in Florida, he had bought a boat in California, and he asked Aronow and me to drive it and see if it was any good. Aronow went down the canal 65 mph in it, and ended up running into the seawall. [He drove it back and] the boat was sinking at the dock and he stepped off and said “The boat’s a piece of shit kid. I just did you a favor.”

Peters: [upon hearing Brown’s story] I’m from California, I hope that story’s not about me!

Saccenti: I think there were over 100 suspects when they finally killed him. 

Peters: It could have been anyone from drug runners, to business partners, to jealous husbands.

[Aronow famously kept company with people from all walks of life. He hung out with kings, mobsters, and The Beatles, and considered future president George H.W. Bush a close friend.]

Peters: One of the first issues I had to deal with when he hired me [in the early ’80s] was [notorious Haitian dictator] Baby Doc [who was a client]. That was on my to-do list, “Deal with Baby Doc.” That was the cast of characters he was involved with. And I could tell you the day he was murdered there were phone calls to the King of Jordan, the King of Spain, George Bush.

Lipschutz: I never had any inkling that Don was involved in something illegal. Don built boats for good guys and he built them for bad guys. A guy comes in with the money and you build a boat for them and you never know. Back in those days [criminal activity involving speedboats] was very prevalent because there was a lot of smuggling going on. Performance boats attract a lot of characters.

[One of those characters was a race-boat driver and drug smuggler named Ben Kramer. Aronow had sold USA Racing Team—a company that built high-speed catamarans for the U.S. Customs Service—to Kramer and his father in 1985. However when the Customs Service found out about the younger Kramer’s criminal reputation, they put the kibosh on the transaction.]

Brown: Ben Kramer bought USA Racing from Aronow and apparently there was some money under the table. And when [then Vice President] Bush said “We ain’t gonna buy boats from Ben Kramer. The deal’s off.” I’m guessing Don kept some of the under-the-table money.

Peters: I had gone through a divorce and it was terrible times. Don was the only person who gave me more than a platitude—he gave me a job, this was December of ’86. I was a little hesitant to move to Miami, because my view of it was straight out of Miami Vice. Everything there to me was racing and drug trafficking. And I was like, do I really want to move down there? And sure enough, I moved there on a Monday and he was murdered that Tuesday. 

[On the afternoon of February 3, 1987, a man claiming to be “Jerry Jacoby” walked into Aronow’s Thunderboat Row office exhibiting strange behavior; inquiring about a 60-foot boat and alluding to a mysterious man that he worked for—and who he would kill for if need be. Shortly after the visit, Aronow left his office and drove down the street to Apache Performance Boats to visit with his former protégé, Bob Saccenti. At the time, Saccenti was recovering from a horrific crash on Lake Erie. (Ironically, in the immediate aftermath of the crash, Saccenti’s life was saved by his race partner, none other than Ben Kramer.)

After Aronow’s brief visit with Saccenti, he got back in his white Mercedes and began to pull away. But a dark Lincoln Continental rolled alongside of him, and then—shots rang out.]

Saccenti: Don used to come and see me when I was hurt, one of those “You need anything let me know,” kinda things. Then one time, Don left, and said “Alright kid, I’ll see ya,” and he walked out the door. Next thing I know an employee comes in and he’s banging on my door. He don’t speak too much English, he’s trying to explain something, something serious. He’s pointing out the door and there was Don in his car, the engine is screaming, he’s slumped over the steering wheel. And I seen it, the blood. And he’s bellowing trying to say something. I told my secretary to call 911. The EMS showed up. They pulled him out, he was pale, he had gone unconscious at some point. We could see all the gunshots.

Brown: He was murdered right out in front of my office halfway between Saccenti’s building and my building. I didn’t hear shots, with the air conditioner and sewing machines going on, but somebody came and got me. I went over there and he had holes all over him. I never thought anybody’d actually do that, but by God they did.

Peters: Bush’s reaction was that he wanted Dade Homicide on it like the most important case on their books. And then the investigation got going and they realized who Aronow was involved with, and Bush backpedaled out of there as fast as he could. He was going to run for president, and his friend had 140 people who wanted to kill him!

[Allegations ran wild in the aftermath of Aronow’s death. Speculation about who the killer might be ran from jilted lovers to jealous husbands to Meyer Lansky to the CIA. But in the end the investigation led to a hired gun. A violent criminal named Bobby Young was fingered as the hitman, and his employer—according to the courts—was Ben Kramer. 

Young died in prison in 2009 after steadfastly refusing for years to testify against Kramer. Kramer got a 19-year sentence for manslaughter to run concurrently with a life term for marijuana smuggling. To this day, he maintains his innocence. For his part, he says the Colombians did it.]

Saccenti: [Kramer and Aronow] were both wealthy, and if it was over money, that’s a shame. Money comes and goes. Nobody really knows [what happened], the only thing for sure is that Don’s gone.

Lipschutz: [Aronow] lived right on the water on Biscayne Bay. And every new [Cigarette] that I do, I drive right by his house with it just so he can see. I think he’d really be proud of the boats.

This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.


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