Brownie's Bites

Brownie's Bites

Allan "Brownie" Brown's PBN Column

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...

After winning the Around Long Island race in 1966, I was offered the opportunity to drive a brand new 28’ Donzi that we were building...

After selling Donzi Marine to Teleflex, Inc. in April 1965, Don Aronow started up Magnum Marine next door, in the spring of 1966. The basis of...

In 1964, I was General Manager of Challenger Marine, North Miami, Florida. Challenger was probably the nicest marina on the planet in those days. We...

Dinny was actually Ogden Mills Phipps, the 3rd. He was an heir to the Bessemer Trust, which had something to do with iron and steel...

Don Aronow sold two year old Formula Marine Corp. to Merrick Lewis and Alliance Machine Company in April, 1964. Alliance Machine owned Thunderbird Boat Company. They...

When I worked for Cary Marine in the 70’s, we acquired the molds for the 49’ Cigarette from Don Aronow. The 49’ was an exact...

Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island. We had about 60 boats in port for the 1969 Bahamas 500 Offshore race. While not the nastiest race in the world...