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petert posted 02-21-2004 02:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for petert   Send Email to petert  

I just paid for my 14 foot (1999) Dauntless today - Yeah! Thank you for all the advice on helping me make the choice.

Now, I have to choose an engine. I will primarily be fishing with two people, but would need to tow kids on a tube and perhaps waterski (if possible).

I would appreciate any feedback on the size of engine we should consider. We are looking at 40Hp two or 4-stroke and 60Hp two and 4-stroke? Also, would like to know how fast we could expect the boat to go (with two people) at full speed.

Would appreciate any advice.

Thanks again. Peter T.

frontier posted 02-22-2004 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
I'd go with the maximum rating - 75 HP. That's a pretty heavy boat for it's size (I believe right at 1000#). You could always go with a small kicker for fishing. We have a 1996 15 Dauntless (730#) with a 75 Merc 2 Stroke, and it is not overpowered. As the kids grow, you'll be glad you have the power for water sports.
petert posted 02-23-2004 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for petert  Send Email to petert     
Thank you Frontier. I am leaning towards a 60HP 4-stroke. Although it is a bit heavier, I don't like the idea of having a second kicker. Unfortunately, I think the 70HP will be too heavy if I go with a 4-stroke.

I can't believe how expensive these engines are - laugh.

Cheers. Peter

fishgutz posted 02-25-2004 10:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I have a 99 14 Dauntless with a 75 merc 2 stroke. 305 pounds. Performance is great and it's superfast (for me). In my opinion the 305 pounds is absolutely MAX for that boat. I'm guessing when this motor gets tired I'd repower with a Merc 60 4 stroke big foot or the new Evinrude 75 e-tec at 305 pounds. That's a long way off I hope. Also I run a 19 pitch SS prop from Powertech props. NICE. With my wife at the helm and my son observing, I can do a single ski water start(with an "Easy-up" rope).I go 208 pounds myself. Hope this helps. What a fun ride.
petert posted 02-28-2004 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for petert  Send Email to petert     
Thanks you for the advice fishgutz and Frontier,

My boat is being sent to have a new 60HP Mercury 4-stroke installed. I hope I will be pleased with the decision ... the dealer assures me it is the right choice. I'm told that top end will be 33-35 with two people in the boat - time will tell. In any event, I never have far to go.

Since I will be doing a lot of fishing, I chose the 4-stroke. It will allow me to hear myself complaining about my lack of fishing talent (laugh).

I have to use an Aluminium prop due to rocky conditions. The likely waterskiers are my two daughters that are 9-10 so I suspect this will not be problem.

Thanks Again. For the $$$ involved, it is reassuring to get feedback. I'll let you know how it performs once I get it in the water in April.

Cheers. Peter

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