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Tiz7070 posted 07-17-2015 10:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tiz7070   Send Email to Tiz7070  
I have a 1999 Dauntless 16 with a 1999 Mercury 90-HP outboard engine with a TROPHYplus 17-pitch propeller. The outboard engine has served me well however I'm ready to convert to a four-stroke-power-cycle engine. The boat is used mostly for island hopping, water sports, and boats rides, usually loaded with its maximum capacitu and Labrador. I have looked into the Evinrude E-TEC 115-HP at 390-lbs, the new Mercury 115 at 366-lbs, and the new Yamaha V-Max SHO VF115 which comes in at 377-lbs. My local Yamaha dealer just called me with deal that is just over $10,000 with Command Link gauges, ignition, and top-mount remote controls. The Mercury and Evinrude were both close to $12,000. I hope for some feedback, advantages, and disadvantages.
jimh posted 07-18-2015 06:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The $2,000 price advantage to the Yamaha V MAX SHO VF115 outboard engine seems hard to overcome. The V MAX SHO VF115 is a new model that is just being introduced in 2015. It is a suped-up version of the standard F115, has a 1.8-liter in-line four-cylinder engine, and seems to be tuned for high speed operation. Yamaha engines are renown for their durability, reliability, and quality. I am surprised this premium YF115 model is less expensive than the other options. I don't see anything not to like about the deal.
Jefecinco posted 07-18-2015 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
I'm sure you've observed how easy it is to get the deck scuppers below water on a 1999 Dauntless 16. It takes very little additional weight aft to sink the scuppers.

Weight aft is the enemy on your Dauntless so choose your engine carefully. When I owned the same boat I found a bit of weight in the anchor locker could offset some extra weight aft.


Marlin posted 07-20-2015 10:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
A second battery in the console helps too, but [the Boston Whaler DAUNTLESS 16] is a stern-heavy boat.
Tiz7070 posted 09-17-2015 08:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tiz7070  Send Email to Tiz7070     
tedious posted 09-17-2015 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for tedious  Send Email to tedious     
Other than the graphics, does anyone know what's different about the VF115 compared to the regular F115 in the 20" shaft? I did not notice any difference in the specs.

In any case, $10K for a 115 is a great deal - go for it!

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