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Barstool posted 09-24-2000 09:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for Barstool   Send Email to Barstool  
Don, I understand the Dauntless rides better, it should, being a little heavier. I wish I could find out more about the "Dauntless 13" like what years it was built, list price, etc. I've found specs, but that's about it.

Ben

Ed Stone posted 09-24-2000 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
Hey ben,
My 96 book shows the 13 & 15 Dauntless.
My 99 book shows 14 & 16 Dauntless.
The 13 has a center console,cooler seat
with a reversible backrest,cooler seat in
front of the center console,also a windsheild
on the center console with a grab rail.
There is a motor well at the stern and
a larger hatch at the bow.The bow rail
returns most of the way down the sides
of the boat.It looks as if there is dry
storage in the center console.
On the 13 sport things are kept as
simple as possible.
The 13 dauntless is also rated for a
50 hp max,25hp min.
Good luck,Ed Stone
jimh posted 09-24-2000 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Dauntless-13 last appears in the 1998 catalogue.

In the 1999 Catalogue there is a Dauntless-14, a much heavier boat with more elaborate interior components.

In 2000 a boat resembling the Dauntless-13 appears as the "new" Sport-13, with packaged engine and trailer pricing.

--Jim Hebert

dgp posted 09-24-2000 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Barstool, if you email me directly your mailing address I will snail mail you copied parts of my '97 catalog on the Dauntless 13. Click on the face/envelope icon to get my address. Don
Bashaw posted 09-25-2000 03:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bashaw  Send Email to Bashaw     
I have owned both a Dauntless 13 and a 13 Sport. The 13 Sport is definately a better boat. The ride is better, it is drier and the whole back of the boat is open for use.
Mako posted 09-25-2000 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mako  Send Email to Mako     
I looked at the Dauntless 13 before purchasing my 2000 13 Sport. The hull of the Dauntless has a more pronounced 'vee' and more freeboard so it SHOULD give a smoother, drier ride. Since it lacks the squared-off bow and the bench-mounted side console, it's got significantly less deck space than the Sport This was my primary concern, as the boat is mostly used for diving and space is at a premium. Also, the gunwhales looked a little high to climb over without a ladder (it's not a problem in the Sport).
Another point--the length of a model's production run is a good indicator of its quality and value, especially in the entry-level market. Granted it's too soon to tell for the 13 Sport, but the Dauntless lasted what--4 or 5 years?
Ed Stone posted 09-25-2000 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ed Stone  Send Email to Ed Stone     
In my opinion length of production run is
not a indicator of quality but in this day
and age SALES AND PROFIT.There have been
some great Whalers discontinued because
of sales & profit.
Ed Stone
Barstool posted 09-25-2000 11:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barstool  Send Email to Barstool     
Thanks for all the replies. I made a deal on a 1997 Dauntless 13 (before I read the replies). I hope I did the right thing. I'll post the details next week as time allows. Thanks again. Ben
Bashaw posted 09-26-2000 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bashaw  Send Email to Bashaw     
Ben,

You should be happy with the Dauntless. I have owned both a Dauntless 13 and I currently own a 13 Sport. I liked them both very much. One tip, you might want to invest in a hydrofoil; I used the SE Sport Turbo from Cabelas, ITEM: IA-01-057

Barstool posted 09-26-2000 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barstool  Send Email to Barstool     
It has a Stingray hydrofoil on it. I imagine a 50hp will push the 13 right along. Also has VHF, Garmin GPS and depthfinder already on it. He's also got a stainless prop that's never been on the motor. I may change props and keep the aluminum as a spare. Ben

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