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by Todd
Thu Aug 06, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless
Replies: 25
Views: 1903

Re: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless

Seamus, I thought of one other maintenance item that you might keep an eye on, the hydralic steering fluid. I knew about the oil and gear lube for the engine (mine's a Merc 115 four stroke) but coming from a boating experience where I didn't do the maintenance (a 38 Sea Ray Sundancer) I wasn't famil...
by Todd
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless
Replies: 25
Views: 1903

Re: New Boater Buys 2001 160 Dauntless

Hi Seamus, I have a 2003 160 Dauntless which is pretty similar to your boat. The piece of advice I would offer is that I have what is commonly referred to as a "whale tail" attached to the lower unit of the engine just above the prop. This fairly simple device helps the boat plane off more...
by Todd
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender

Thanks everyone for your contributions. On another note, I spent the weekend in Saugatuck, Michigan with friends with larger boats, a 52 Sea Ray Sundancer and a 45 Formula Yacht. We used the Whaler extensively to tour the waterfront and run people out to Oval Beach and up the Kalamazoo river leaving...
by Todd
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender

So after speaking with a very helpful Customer Service person at Boston Whaler Parts & Warranty and confirming I needed a 7.5 fuel sender which now is available from KUS industries who purchase WEMA some years ago and purchasing and installing a new sender I found that the sender was not the pro...
by Todd
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Sump Pump Float Switch
Replies: 17
Views: 10123

Re: Sump Pump Float Switch

I just replaced the original Rule 1100 bilge pump with the current model Rule 1100 and found the new version has offers an automatic system that checks the water level ever 2.5 seconds and pumps when water is detected. It eliminated the need for a float switch so I removed the old switch when I hook...
by Todd
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender

Thanks so much for the reply. I am in contact with the E-Components folks now and they are working on confirming the correct fuel sender replacement. The suggestion to measure the depth of the tank was particularly helpful as well, I should have thought of that! Take care.
by Todd
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender
Replies: 9
Views: 636

2003 160 DAUNTLESS Fuel Tank Level WEMA Sender

Hello. I need a person or a resource to confirm the correct size fuel tank level sending unit for my 2003 160 Dauntless. I've noticed the guage only reads 1/2-FULL even when the tank has been topped off. I narrowed the [cause] to the sender unit by removing it. I can manually adjust the float to rea...
by Todd
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Advice on Buying a Dauntless 16
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Re: Advice on Buying a Dauntless 16

Hello, I purchased a 2003 160 Dauntless with the four stroke 115 Merc option which that had 73 original hours on it, the owner rarely used it as his dinghy for 100' yacht. It was a salt water boat but I the survey said it was meticulously outfitted and maintained. I was searching for about 18 months...
by Todd
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boston Whaler Boat Show
Replies: 14
Views: 2260

Re: Boston Whaler Boat Show

Regarding the use of a cut away section of the hull for marketing purposes, it strikes me odd that the manufacturer who used to cut the bow off their product, launch it, and demonstrate the rest of the boat is unsinkable by driving it at various boating events, wouldn't use a non defective section o...
by Todd
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: BWGLCC 2019 Fall Cruise
Replies: 7
Views: 20956

Re: BWGLCC 2019 Fall Cruise

Looks like a really nice trip and gathering. Thanks for the summary, pictures, and video, they make me want to join a future outing.

Todd
by Todd
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Dauntless 160: Round 2
Replies: 11
Views: 10025

Re: Dauntless 160: Round 2

Hi there, I have the 2003 version of your boat (160 Dauntless with a 115 Mercury four stroke) and have a suggestion. You might consider a stabilizer commonly called a whale tail in place of trim tabs. With my 160 fully loaded with gas and four adults it planes very efficiently and I've never felt th...
by Todd
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: My first motorboat is a Dauntless 15
Replies: 2
Views: 5828

Re: My first motorboat is a Dauntless 15

Congratulations, you just hit the lottery. I don't see too many 15's around which makes it an even more rare find. I thought I was lucky to find my 2003 160 Dauntless with 72 hours. I think you will find this site to be very helpful as you experience the boat. I haven't done anything to mine without...
by Todd
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console
Replies: 9
Views: 9036

Re: 2003 160 DAUNTLESS Has Gasoline Odor in Middle Console

Hi there, I have the same boat, 2003 160 Dauntless with a 115 Mercury motor, and noticed the gasoline odor in the center console when I purchased the boat in 2017. With all the electronics in there I was concerned. I did my own inspection with a flash light and could not see any signs of leaking. Th...
by Todd
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: SUPER SPORT 15 Shipping Boat to RI from SC
Replies: 5
Views: 4154

Re: SUPER SPORT 15 Shipping Boat to RI from SC

I used USHIP.COM two years ago when I had my 2003 Dauntless on a trailer shipped to Lansing, Michigan from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida . USHIP.COM brokers the shipment to several carriers. You select the one with the best price and experience. [The carrier] moved the boat on a flatbed trailer the 1,165 ...
by Todd
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:29 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2010 Montauk 150 Weights
Replies: 10
Views: 4450

Re: 2010 Montauk 150 Weights

At risk of being called overly cautious, I would also make sure knowingly towing something over the recommended capacity doesn't void any warranty you may have on the vehicle and in the unfortunate event of an accident void your auto insurance as well. Your liability in such situations is something ...
by Todd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Concern Over Low Engine Hours
Replies: 13
Views: 4996

Re: Concern Over Low Engine Hours

I imagine the fuel treatment does the trick but if you're interested, here's a site that lists non ethanol gas outlets in the US. https://www.pure-gas.org/extensions/map.html
by Todd
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:43 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Concern Over Low Engine Hours
Replies: 13
Views: 4996

Re: Concern Over Low Engine Hours

I had a similar experience buying an older boat with low hours. I purchased a 2003 160 Dauntless with 75 hours on the Mercury 115 four-stroke-power-cycle engine with an hour meter. The owner planned to use it as a dinghy for his 100-foot yacht but never followed through with the winching system so i...
by Todd
Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Powering a Boat Above Maximum Horsepower Rating
Replies: 8
Views: 3808

Re: Powering a Boat Above Maximum Horsepower Rating

Happy New Year. Just another thought: In addition to the potential of your boat insurance being voided (or not based on your policy) and likely any warranty left on the engine, I would add you could be held liable for personal injury knowingly overpowering a watercraft. Even with you were trying to ...
by Todd
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 205 Conquest and Drains
Replies: 6
Views: 2562

Re: 205 Conquest and Drains

Hello--I don't have a Conquest but had a similar problem with my 2003 160 Dauntless. With two passengers sitting in the rear seats, water would come in through the drains and get their feet wet. I believe both boats share the same type of self-bailing system with a black rubber flap called a scupper...
by Todd
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Docking and Berthing
Replies: 4
Views: 2293

Re: Docking and Berthing

Thanks for the information, I plan to use it to impress my boating friends next summer. Bet they don't have a clue about the difference.

My wife would tell you that there have been times my docking the boat (the 38' Sea Ray) was nearly as painful as birthing our children...

Happy Holidays!

Todd
by Todd
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: November Gales
Replies: 21
Views: 6495

Re: November Gales

Happy Thanksgiving all, For those who may be interested, there is a free program about the Edmund Fitzgerald sponsored by the Jackson Michigan District Library: “Edmund Fitzgerald – The Stories, The Song” November 26 @ 5:30 pm Lost Railway Museum 142 W. Michigan Ave. Grass Lake, MI 49240 (517) 522-8...
by Todd
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers
Replies: 10
Views: 4019

Re: Nice anchor idea for smaller Whalers

Hello, There are so many options for anchors it's a process to figure out what suits each boaters needs. I've used various fluke, plow, and mushroom anchors for various applications that have worked well. For my current needs with a 160 Dauntless being anchored in sand or mud I use a Fortress FX - 7...
by Todd
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Inland Freight for 21’ Whaler
Replies: 2
Views: 1728

Re: Inland Freight for 21’ Whaler

Hello,

I've used U-Ship in the past successfully. There are several posts on this site about my experience and others with them. You might review that information for some helpful tips.

Hope it goes well.

Todd
by Todd
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Another "Free to a good home" hydrofoil
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Re: Another "Free to a good home" hydrofoil

The hydrofoil has found it's new home. Thanks.
by Todd
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: 150 MONTAUK Hull Damage Repair
Replies: 47
Views: 14417

Re: 150 MONTAUK Hull Damage Repair

This is very interesting as I would think the folks at Boston Whaler would want to make this right with you. If our presumption is correct that the layer of clear plastic does not belong in the mold, it means full replacement of the hull and nothing less. I think the reason we buy such boats and pay...
by Todd
Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 16 SL—the Black Sheep
Replies: 4
Views: 2352

Re: 16' SL

Hello. Here's some very interesting information about the 16 [SL] :

http://continuouswave.com/ubb/Forum1/HTML/000193.html

—Todd
by Todd
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: MARKETPLACE
Topic: Another "Free to a good home" hydrofoil
Replies: 1
Views: 1537

Another "Free to a good home" hydrofoil

Hello, Like Bob, I have a hydrofoil that I am happy to ship to someone who can use it. It is an unused Davis Instruments Doel Fin. If anyone would like it I'll be happy to ship it to you for the cost of shipping. If interested contact me at surline@hiringsolutionsllc.com. Regards, Todd IMG_2261.JPG
by Todd
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: BRP Acquires Alumacraft, Manitou
Replies: 6
Views: 3580

Re: BRP Acquires Alumacraft, Manitou

Manitou is a client of my executive search firm, Hiring Solutions LLC. We placed their CFO a few years ago and the consultant who worked on the search ended up buying a tri-toon from them. It has a 150HP E-TEC engine which he reports pushes the craft very nicely. They boat in the Les Cheneaux island...
by Todd
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: PERFORMANCE
Topic: c.2004 160 Dauntless OptiMax 75
Replies: 10
Views: 7792

Re: c.2004 Dauntless 16 OptiMax 75

Jaz--I have a similar boat, a 2003 160 Dauntless. I know Boston Whaler put two engines on that boat, the standard was an Mercury 90 hp and the upgrade was the 115 hp version. The maximum hp recommended is 115. According to information from the manufacturers, here’s how the weights break down for my ...
by Todd
Mon May 21, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: TRIPS and RENDEZVOUS
Topic: South West Michigan Get Together
Replies: 6
Views: 7932

Re: South West Michigan Get Together

Dutch, nice of you to explore the possibility of a get together and any of the locations you mention would be great. They all also offer inland options if the big lake is not small craft friendly. I hope to join you in my 160 Dauntless this summer. Thanks! Todd
by Todd
Mon May 21, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: REPAIRS and MODIFICATIONS
Topic: Deck Sealant Replacement
Replies: 2
Views: 2181

Deck Sealant Replacement

Hello all. Now that spring has finally arrived in Michigan I am working my way down the project list for my 2003 160 Dauntless. This boat spent [its] first 14 years in Florida. The flexible (silicone) sealant found in the deck joints and other areas has unsightly mold spots that won't respond to any...
by Todd
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Transport Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 5107

Re: Hire Transport of 21-foot Boat and Trailer to Northern Michigan from Florida

Hello, There is a recent post on this topic in the GAM section from March 8th that may have some valuable insights for you. Here are my comments: I used UShip (http://www.uship.com/Boat/Transport) last year to move my 2003 160 Dauntless from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Lansing, Michigan. There were m...
by Todd
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless
Replies: 7
Views: 5921

Re: Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless

I've printed all the excellent direction from you both and will begin the project as soon as it's warm enough in my garage to work. All great suggestions and thoughts. I do think the best approach is to pay for you two to visit me for a few days (all expenses paid of course) and supervise the work! ...
by Todd
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless
Replies: 7
Views: 5921

Re: Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless

Thank you Phil for taking so much of your valuable time to assist me. I am printing your guidance to help me as I work through the project. I'll take my time and document, document, document. One thing I can do that you identify is taking pictures of the work that will help me as well, your picture ...
by Todd
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless
Replies: 7
Views: 5921

Rewiring a 2003 160 Dauntless

Hello. Now that we have Spring on the horizon here in Michigan, I am planning a few projects on my 160 Dauntless. One of those projects may be updating and replacing (or at least organizing) some of the original wiring on the boat. When I bought the boat last year, the surveyor said the wiring was a...
by Todd
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Boat Transport Recommendation
Replies: 11
Views: 5107

Re: Boat Transport Recommendation

Hello, I used UShip (http://www.uship.com/Boat/Transport) last year to move my 2003 160 Dauntless from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Lansing, Michigan. There were multiple carriers bidding on the move and each had several reviews about their service which helped to make a choice. They bid on the work s...
by Todd
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall
Replies: 28
Views: 12496

Re: Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

Hey folks, I have one piece of information to add to the chat. Of my extinguishers I found one (from 1990) that was on the recall list. It was in my home, the extinguisher on my 2003 160 Dauntless wasn't on the recall list. When the new one arrived there were instructions on how to return the old on...
by Todd
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 54-quart Cooler and Cushion Replacement
Replies: 6
Views: 3866

Re: 54-quart Cooler and Cushion Replacement

Hello, I replaced the worn out cooler in my 2003 160 Dauntless with a Yeti Tundra 45. See information at: https://www.yeti.com/hard-coolers/tundra-45-cooler/YT45.html It's dimensions fit nearly perfectly in the space and you can buy tie downs for it that work nicely. Frankly, it's so heavy I don't n...
by Todd
Wed Dec 27, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2001 160 Dauntless Fuel Fill Cap Wrench
Replies: 5
Views: 3409

Re: 2001 160 Dauntless Fuel Fill Cap Wrench

Hello and congratulations! I have a 2003 160 Dauntless myself. The [fuel fill cap] is pretty much flush to the stern so it doesn't collect debris and can literally be stepped on if necessary. There is a simple key for these applications, it looks like this: https://www.wholesalemarine.com/perko-blac...
by Todd
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 130 SUPER SPORT Mooring Cover
Replies: 7
Views: 3977

Re: 130 SUPER SPORT Mooring Cover

Hello--coverquest.com is a site that offers several brands and prices on covers. I bought a Carver cover and love it, but there are less expensive options on that site. I guessed at the year of your boat. And you need to specify if you have bow and or side rails. Hope this helps.
by Todd
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: SMALL BOAT ELECTRICAL
Topic: Fell Marine MOB Engine Shut-off
Replies: 18
Views: 15846

Re: Runaway Boat in Half Moon Bay

[Moved to this thread from another topic in which it was collateral to the discussion--jimh] I ran across a product that I thought was interesting and pertinent to this conversation. It's the Fell Marine man overboard (MOB) wireless safety switch. It cost about $220 in the basic version. I may add i...
by Todd
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: 2005 130 Seat Cushion and Steering Wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: 2005 130 Seat Cushion and Steering Wheel

Hi there, you're a great Dad! Great choice of a a first boat, I'm sure your kids will have a blast and make many memories on the water. There are numerous vendors for covers, a Google search and feedback from this group will help you. I bought mine from Carver after much research. They aren't the mo...
by Todd
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 8368

Re: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017

We boat out of Grand Haven and have seen the waves over the piers quite often. I've made the run into the channel there in 8-10 footers in our 38' Sea Ray, it's quite exhilarating. We call it "boating in a blender" because of the swirling effect of the incoming waves. Our cruising friends ...
by Todd
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 8368

Re: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017

D, thanks for the note and thoughts. I'm downloading Ten Hours Til Dawn on my Kindle and look forward to reading it. I was a sophomore in college when that storm happened. It was the first time Michigan State University closed due to weather. We got 24" of snow in about 24 hours. Couldn't get o...
by Todd
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 8368

Re: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017

One of the two people lost in the October storm on Lake Superior near Marquette Michigan has been found. The authorities have identified the person as 53-year-old Robert Anderson of Iron River who was swept into the lake while observing the large waves. The other person, a woman, has not been found ...
by Todd
Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Runaway Boat in Half Moon Bay
Replies: 9
Views: 5017

Re: Runaway Boat in Half Moon Bay

Seems like most all modern PWC's and smaller boats come equipped with a safety lanyard switch device. My 2003 Dauntless 160 has one--that I must admit I don't use as often as I should due to the fact we use it mostly at idle speed, I'm going to change that practice. My 38-foot Sea Ray didn't have [a...
by Todd
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Pre-boating Checklist
Replies: 10
Views: 5078

Re: Pre-boating Checklist

Jim, being a Whaler newbie I hadn't seen the Whaler apparel website. You just made my wife's Christmas shopping chore much easier! There are 3-4 items here I just have to have! Todd
by Todd
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Capsize At Jupiter Inlet
Replies: 20
Views: 10629

Re: Capsize At Jupiter Inlet

The surfer in the video made national news, he was featured on the CBS program Inside Edition. His name is Sam Ruskin and he's 13. Said he wants to be a professional surfer. Looks like he might make a pretty good lifeguard too!
by Todd
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Pre-boating Checklist
Replies: 10
Views: 5078

Re: Pre-boating Checklist

Even for the most experienced boaters, a checklist is a good idea. I been boating since I could walk and had boats ranging from a 10' skiff with a 3 hp Evinrude to a 38' Sea Ray to my current 2003 160 Dauntless. My wife is the check list person and literally runs through a brief list of items to mak...
by Todd
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:08 pm
Forum: The GAM
Topic: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017
Replies: 18
Views: 8368

Re: Northern Great Lakes Gale October 2017

The two people lost in the lake last week have yet to be found. Sadly, divers were unable to locate the bodies. The words of Gordon Lightfoot's song ring true, The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead when the skies of November turn gloomy.