Brownie's Bites

Brownie's Bites

Allan "Brownie" Brown's PBN Column

In the spring of 1965, we took our highly advanced fleet of offshore racing boats to Freeport, Long Island, New York, to teach those...

Sam Sarra was Chief Engineer of Daytona Boat Works, and had just perfected (well, almost) the 427 c.i. turbocharged Daytona Chevy racing engine. At...

In 1989, I went to work for Gentry Transatlantic via my pal, John Connor. John was best known for being Betty Cook’s two time...

Panama City, Panama, circa 1973. Some of the South Florida offshore racing mob were honored by General Torrijos, El Presidente for Life of Panama, with...

In 1969, the Miami International Boat Show moved from its historic digs at Dinner Key, to the brand new Miami Beach Convention Center. Most...

Al Copeland 1944-2008, by Allan Brown In 1984, I attended the Northport, Michigan offshore race. I was ‘Prez’ of Cougar Marine in those days, and...

My Formula 233 raceboat, “Challenger”, had finished 2nd overall twice, 5th once, and last once in four attempts. I would have done almost anything...

In the 60’s, our offshore racing gang decided to invade England, which swings like a pendulum do. In 1965, Bill Wishnick and I (Bill’s...

....and Aronow begat Formula Marine, and it was good. Thence, he begat Donzi Marine... Hebrews 233. In April, 1964, Don Aronow sold the Formula Marine Company...

In December, 1965, I worked at Donzi Marine on Thunderboat Row. Life was good. We had knocked Bertram boats off their high horse, and...

When I see the speed of modern offshore catamarans, I realize that technology has kicked pleasure boating into a realm of performance that was...