Brownie's Bites

Brownie's Bites

Allan "Brownie" Brown's PBN Column

Before you enjoy Brownie's latest tale, a reminder that Allan "Brownie" Brown will be in the PBN booth at the Miami Boat Show telling...

For about 60 years, I was in, or connected to, the boat building, design and supply business. Looking back, I realize that I had...

Don Aronow stormed onto the powerboat scene in South Florida in 1962. He was tall, 6’2”, dark (inside and out), smart, and brutally handsome....

In the middle 1960’s, I was racing offshore, building fast boats, raising a family, and living ‘la dolce vita’. Things couldn’t get much better....

From 1977 thru 1981, I was chief engineer at Magnum Marine, on Thunderboat Row. I was hired to build the 53’ Magnum high speed...

On a scale of 1 to 10, the boating life that we enjoyed in the middle 60’s was about a 23. We got to...

Yank, Jeff Hall, races in the Cowes-Torquay Offshore race in England in a Bertram boat older than he. This is an account of one of the...

The big, rough man leaned forward a bit, bobbing smoothly to the rhythm of the movement beneath his feet. Holding the steering wheel in one...

In the early eighties, I worked at Cougar Marine on famous Thunderboat Row, in North Miami Beach, Florida. Most of my close friends were...

I didn’t start boating until I was two years old, in 1937. Our family was comprised entirely of hunters, fishermen, and people who had to clean...

In 1961, I was service manager at Challenger Marine, in North Miami, Florida. Challenger was a beautiful facility situated on Arch Creek, in the...

Our local offshore racing club, OPBRA, short for Offshore Power Boat Racing Association, was formed in 1963 as an alternative to the Bahamas Powerboat Group. The...