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frank posted 08-18-2000 10:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for frank   Send Email to frank  
dave_maggio posted 08-21-2000 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for dave_maggio  Send Email to dave_maggio     

Since no-one seems to own one, I will admit that I test drove one. It was a '99 with a 50 HP Merc. It was a nice "little" boat. I did not buy it mostly b/c of the price. It was used, and the dealer wanted 14,900 for it. When I test drove it it seemed like a lot of money.

I had it out last October, it was a windy day with a stiff chop on the potomac. With the salesman and I on the boat, it seemed to have adequate (could have used 10-15 more hp) power (30-35 mph top end) and a nice ride in a chop. I especially liked the console seat back that would lock into the upright leaning post position.

The man who traded the boat in did so because it just was not big enough to take a few friends out on. If you are looking for a nice little fishing boat to go out with a (read 1) friend it might be a good boat for you, otherwise, I might say pass on it.


Tsuriki posted 08-21-2000 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki  Send Email to Tsuriki     

I have a `99 Dauntless 14, and I really like it. I bought it used (Couple used it a couple of times and traded it in on an 18') It came with a 75hp Merc, GPS, Sonar, VHF Radio, Ice box with cushion and bow cushion on an oversized Caulkins trailer.

I have added 30" side rails, Min Kota 44lb thrust stern and bow electric motors (stern for trolling, bow for bass fishing), extra battery with switch, onboard dual bank battery charger, cc mounted 4 bank rod holder, 2 Scotty dual rod electric downriggers and 4 Fish-On rod holders.

I use it on the lakes here for bass, and trout and in Puget Sound for salmon. It handles nicely even in chop. I take 2 friends fishing with me, 1 next to me in the stern and one ion the bow.

It trailers well behind my 93 190E MB (4 cyl).

It is a very versatile fishing "machine" that gets a lot of looks wherever I go.


frank posted 08-22-2000 12:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
hi all .thanks for the replies. by coincidence i saw and spoke to the owner of a 96 15' dauntless this weekend who was towing with a small mercedes. i told him about my 87 18' outrage. he said he had his dauntless on the ocean and the ride was scary . (we met at a fresh water lake) from what he told me i feel the 14 or 15 dauntless may be to small to take on the seas on a regular basis , as i do now in my 18. i'd still like to get first hand exp. out there to find out for sure. thanks >>frank
Tsuriki posted 08-22-2000 02:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki  Send Email to Tsuriki     

I bought my Dauntless 14 for it's versitility. Fishing rules for ocean/salmon fishing have changed so much here in the Northwest. If Ocean fishing were my main interest I would go with a 16 or 18' boat.

The Dauntless 14 gives me the opportunity to fish both lakes and sound (ocean). It tows easily, can be operated alone, is very economical and just a lot of fun. Of course common sense (weather)determines when I will go out in the salt, but going in a Whaler still gives me a feeling of being in the safest boat around. So far, the 14 has been a very good boat even in some rough weather/sea conditions.

If you currently have an 18' boat and use it regularly (mainly) on the ocean, you will probably not be satisfied with a smaller boat.

Whichever way you chose to go, best of luck and enjoy your Whaler.


frank posted 08-24-2000 12:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
thanks for the replies>> for now i'll stick with the 18 outrage>>>>>>>>>>>>>> frank
dave_maggio posted 08-24-2000 08:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for dave_maggio  Send Email to dave_maggio     

I have a 15' Dauntless and agree that it is probably not suited to serious ocean running. Its like any other small light boat, you have to go slow and be careful. The benefit of the boat is the fact that it runs through a stiff chop without even thinking about it. Like Tsuriki, being able to tow with a car (Mustang) was very important to me. If you have a truck/suv I would stick to the 18' boat. If I had a truck/suv I would have bought one...

triblet posted 08-24-2000 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I have a dive buddy who used to have an
Dauntless 15. He dove off it for a couple
of years, then bought a 26' Radon and sold
the Dauntless. It worked OK in the ocean,
but like any small boat, you have to pick
your days.

There's a couple of other Dauntless 15s
being used as dive boats in Monterey.
I ran into one of them on Outer Pinnacles
with four divers and 8 tanks. I think they
were nuts to haul that much weight. I sure
won't do it in my Montauk. Four divers
and four tanks with a half tank of gas
is my limit, and I won't go south with
that load.

Watch out if you plan to garage it. That
console is REAL tall. My buddy with the
15 tried real hard to sell it to me, but it
wouldn't have fit in my garage (too tall).

Chuck Tribolet

frank posted 08-25-2000 12:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for frank  Send Email to frank     
i'm having a hard time trying to find a garage for my 18 outrage. it sits on an improper roller trailer which adds a foot or so to the overall height . even with the windshield off its pretty high.

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