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ptortora posted 03-11-2004 09:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for ptortora   Send Email to ptortora  
I'm a first time purchaser of a boat that will most often used in fresh water lakes with occasional coastal use. Trying to decide between the Montauk and the 160 Dauntless... Any thoughts appreciated.

Marlin posted 03-11-2004 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
There have been a few threads on this topic in the last couple years. Use the search feature of the forum, and you'll have a few hours worth of reading. I looked at both in '02 before buying the Dauntless, but really you couldn't go wrong either way.

My main reasons for going with the Dauntless was the additional aft seating (which ultimately is only semi-useful), the 45 gallon internal fuel tank, the deeper V hull, and considerably more storage (in the helm seat and under the aft quarter seats). I'd recommend one of the 115 HP motors, and plan on adding a hydrofoil.

Commonly cited reasons why people prefer the Montauk include more traditional lines, a little bit more space (more length, less beam), and faster planing and equal/better performance with less horsepower. As I'm finding out right now, you have more canvas options available (like a forward shelter and weather curtains) from Mills on the Montauk than on the Dauntless.

Sea trial both if you can.


Legobusier posted 03-11-2004 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Legobusier  Send Email to Legobusier     
I just went through this myself....I ended up buying a Montauk. As Marlin noted, the Dautless has a deeper hull which translates to more draft - in my case this was a big consideration (about a 2" difference). The other thing that helped me make a decision has nothing to do with the boat per se, but the market. The Montauks are much more plentiful, and therefore better deals can typically be had. You can't really go wrong either way.
jimh posted 03-11-2004 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
There is a very substantial difference in the list price of these boats (the Dauntless is more expensive). You should carefully look them over side-by-side, then compare their prices. This will make your decision much easier.
Moe posted 03-11-2004 10:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here's some discussion of this in the "Post Classics" forum:

For the purposes of this website, the Dauntless 160 isn't a "Classic Whaler," it's a "Whaler: Post-Classic." Same with the 170 Montauk.

ptortora posted 03-13-2004 07:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for ptortora  Send Email to ptortora     
Thank you everyone... will be going out this moring to finalize my purchase. Will let you know which one I end up with.

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