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Whalerologist posted 07-29-2015 06:47 PM ET (US)   Profile for Whalerologist   Send Email to Whalerologist  
I vaguely recall there [are] a few years of smaller boats, 13, 15, and 17, when the hull shape and hull design had [unclear, perhaps meant defects] and that one should stay away from. Enlighten me on those years and which boats.
contender posted 07-29-2015 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
It is more important to purchase a whaler that is not water logged. I would purchase a 13 with the taller transom for the 20 inch engine.
Jeff posted 07-29-2015 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jeff  Send Email to Jeff     
Any of the Classic 13,15 or 17 models are all great boats.

The only ones I can think of that I would stay away from are the post classic 13, 15 rages or the 13-14-15 Dauntless models.

Whalerologist posted 07-29-2015 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerologist  Send Email to Whalerologist     
Thanks guys, it jogged my memory that it was some early Dauntless models [that had] notch, bow rise, [stern] heavy, etc.
frontier posted 07-29-2015 11:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
The 1995 through 1998 13 and 15 Dauntless are two of the best boats Boston Whaler has ever made. Lightweight, sports car like handling and lots of room. Smooth, dry ride. Good performance with low HP outboard.
We've had both sizes and loved them.
The 1999 and newer 14 and 16 Dauntless had a weight problem.
andygere posted 07-31-2015 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The Dauntless 16 is heavier than a Montauk, but it's not a bloated pig, and has a lot of very nice features. Our family's has a 90 and it's certainly adequate, but I think 115 would be ideal power. I pull it with a little Jeep Wrangler.
jimh posted 07-31-2015 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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