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Medhat Karkour posted 11-09-2000 06:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Medhat Karkour   Send Email to Medhat Karkour  
I am considering buying a used 1999 Dauntless 18' with a Mercury Optimax 135hp. Any information from current owners will be greatly appreciated.
Tsuriki BW posted 11-09-2000 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

It might help to give a few more details as to what type of info you are looking for. Just pricing? Value/price? Ride? Features? What area are you planning to use? Fishing only/Boating? Etc.

Sure whith a bit more details you will get the info you are looking for.



dscew posted 11-09-2000 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
The 18 Dauntless was the Boat of the Year in either 97 or 98, the year it was introduced. When I sold Whalers here in Minnesota, it was our most popular seller. With the 135 opti, it had plenty of power to plane with a full gas tank and a reasonable load. It has the same engine block as the 150 opti, and for the approximately $2000 price difference, the 135 is a great value. It's a beamy boat for an 18, which gives it alot of elbow room. It isn't cheap, but there's nothing that compares with it in categories of fit and finish, rugged construction, and class. My opinion, an extemely well thought-out boat with few drawbacks. Built like a foam filled Mack truck. If you can get it at a reasonable price, go for it. Good luck!
blackdog posted 11-10-2000 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Will you be trailering it? See posts in the Neo-Classic section under Dauntless center console heading. It is a heavy boat. Lots of usable space. What kind of $$'are they asking?


dauntlass 18 posted 11-10-2000 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
I have 18ft. Dauntlass 1998 with 150 optimax Caukins single axle trailer{bunk type}.The fit finish&performance is a 10.Fuel consumption at 3500 rpm app. 4.5 gal per hour I estimate the towing weight inc. fuel& trailer at 4500lbs.Dauntless is perfect all around cruise, water sport&fishboat
Tsuriki BW posted 11-11-2000 02:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Tell us more about your rig on the Dauntless Center Console thread on the Neo-Classic section.


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bigz posted 11-11-2000 06:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    

Welcome to the forum ---

Sounds like your very happy with the 18 --- by the way where do you generally cruise/use her?

If you would like to start a new thread under Neo Classics (I know sort of a meaningless title for a Forum topic) might be best, and relate more about your experiences --- a lot of folks would like to hear about them.


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