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JohnJerk posted 08-06-2008 10:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for JohnJerk  
Located in SLC, UT. See details here:


68 WhaleR posted 08-06-2008 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for 68 WhaleR  Send Email to 68 WhaleR     
nice boat, I have a liking for the Dauntless. Too bad they are soo expensive. How do others like them compaired to a Montauk? 16 dauntless vs 17 Montauk.
JohnJerk posted 08-06-2008 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJerk    
Below is a good description of the Dauntless 160, with some reference to the Montauk (not written by me). In my opinion, the biggest plus vs the Montauk would be the enourmous internal fuel tank and additional seating. The Dauntless 160 is a darn neat boat and so is the Montauk.

“The boat is USCG-approved for 6 people, which it can hold comfortably in good weather. There is ample space to walk around, and the boat has enough beam that you don't need to squeeze between the gunwales and the center console to get forward. The hull is 16'3" long with a 7'1" beam and 11" draft, hull weight is 1500 pounds. It's slightly shorter, wider, and heavier than the fairly similar Boston Whaler 170 Montauk. The hull shape is a moderate V, deeper than the Montauk, with pronounced reverse chines to provide a smooth ride and effectively minimize spray. One of the very nice features is a reserve bouyancy of 4200 pounds -- swamp the boat and it will still keep you afloat with enough extra capacity to load on a big old Buick, while keeping the outboard powerhead clear of the water. The 45 gallon internal fuel tank, another advantage over the Montauk, goes a long long way between fill-ups.

The boat handles very well on flat water and in chop, and with the 115 HP 4-stroke has plenty of power (and a top speed of 44 MPH) while keeping excellent fuel economy (about 2.2 GPH overall in mixed use). The boat is currently sold only as a package with an engine; available engines are Mercury 90 HP 2-stroke, 90 4-stroke, 115 2-stroke, and my 115 4-stroke. The rated horsepower range is 50 to 115. Other owners with 90 HP engines report good overall performance with a top speed of about 39 MPH. The hull is exceptionally solid, and the build quality is excellent, with nice gelcoat and top-quality stainless components. And, or course, it's truly unsinkable.

There's much more storage available on the Dauntless than on the Montauk, with a very usable anchor locker, a fairly roomy center console (I keep the mooring cover and 6+ PFDs in there with no trouble), a huge enclosed space beneath the pilot's seat, and storage space beneath the aft quarter seats. The pilot seat storage can be replaced with an optional livewell. There are built-in rod holders beneath each gunwale; they fold out of the way when not in use, but can be ankle-biters when you hang a rod or two on them.

With fuel and gear, the boat weighs in at about 2600 pounds. Add a trailer, and you need at least a 3000 pound towing limit. I tow the boat with a Volvo V70 wagon without any problem, though on wet launch ramps I often wish I had the AWD version of the car instead of the FWD. Because the towed weight is fairly close to the V70's 3300 pound limit, I spent extra for a trailer with brakes. Trailer brakes make the whole package much easier to stop, and much less exciting in an emergency. Consider trailer brakes unless your tow vehicle has a much higher weight rating. The boat is relatively easy to launch and recover, and I often do the job single-handedly. A keel-roller trailer would be ideal (and is recommended by Boston Whaler), but my bunk trailer works fine too. Avoid traditional all-roller trailers with all Boston Whalers, as they may pucker or otherwise damage the outer skin.”

68 WhaleR posted 08-06-2008 08:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for 68 WhaleR  Send Email to 68 WhaleR     
Nice write up thanks!
Good luck with the sale, I can only dream!
JohnJerk posted 08-06-2008 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJerk    
Non-refundable deposit is in hand. I'll repost if the deal falls through (2 weeks to complete).
JohnJerk posted 08-11-2008 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJerk    
As a matter of reference, the 2005 Dauntless 160 w/ 115 4-stroke and trailer sold for $22,500 (in August 2008). The sale took 3 weeks with a lot of interest coming from Seattle and California. The boat books for around $24K according to my bank. The boat is in excellent condition with <80 hours of use (no bottom paint or accident history). Extras included a custom cover, new saltwater wireless operated trolling motor, 2 electric Scotty down riggers, stereo, onboard battery charger, Lowrance color depth depth finder and spare tire. Glad to know she's headed for Puget Sound!

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