In 1966 Don Aronow, now offshore champion and boat builder, built himself a new 27′ race boat, which he named “Maltese Magnum”. The boat became World Champion and Don Aronow built a small factory to build more boats just like it: Magnum Marine was founded. All of Aronow’s brands were winning offshore races and all…
Don wanted to be involved in the boat business, offshore racing, or anything that was different from being a builder in New Jersey. He moved to Bay Harbor, on Miami Beach, and drove back and forth in a new chocolate brown Rolls Royce.
The brand’s savior turned out to be the Italian Marchese, Filippo Theodoli. Filippo had developed an early passion for the sea during his training at the Naval Academy, graduating shortly before the outbreak of World War II.
The original 27’ became the backbone of Magnum Marine in the 60s and early 70s. “It was a very important boat because of its race heritage,” says Lee Wangstad, a marine historian. “It was the hottest thing out there.
The Magnum 53′ was launched in 1977. There was no other boat in the world like her. She was a giant race boat with a deep-V hull and powerful diesel engines. She was the world’s first power yacht and exactly what Filippo had envisioned.