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holmestk posted 06-02-2001 11:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for holmestk   Send Email to holmestk  
Could anybody with a new dauntless 16 tell me how high the boat is on the trailer? I am contemplating buying but need to know if I can coax it into my 7'2" high garage. Let me know which make trailer and what capacity (2300lbs?). Thanks!
triblet posted 06-03-2001 03:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
It would also be helpful if the posters
would include the distance from the bottom
of the transom to the ground with the boat
level. The same trailer can be set up with
the boat at different heights.

Also, watch out for stuff mounted to the
console rail like GPS antennas.


Barnett Childress posted 06-03-2001 04:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barnett Childress  Send Email to Barnett Childress     
I checked height of mine when I had it to see if it would fit in garage. It measured around 6' 9" from ground to top of console rail. Don't know exact distance from bottom of transom to ground but boat was on a newer style Calkins roller/bunk trailer that caried her low between the wheels.
blackdog posted 06-03-2001 08:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Just measured my 16 Dauntless. 7'4" from the ground to the top of the console rail. The trailer is level but I think the boat sits with the bow slightly elevated. I have a 2001 Load Rite bunk / keel roller trailer with 13’ tires. The keel is 18’ of the ground at the aft most point. The trailer is rated for 2200lbs. It will not fit in my garage but that is because the trailer is too long and I may install a removable tongue. You could crank the jack down and gain a few inches but the boat is very heavy and hard to move on the jack.


B Bear posted 06-03-2001 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I am prety sure my 16 won't fit into my garage, I will check. I beleive the trailer is the key in being able to garage the 16. I would have to let the air out of my tires to get mine in. I'll check the height and report back.
DCPeters posted 08-20-2001 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
how wide would the trailer be...isnt' that also a problem? I think it'd be too wide for a single door garage...
Ventura16 posted 08-20-2001 08:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I've been wondering whether my Ventura 16 (with the same hull as a Dauntless 16) would fit in the garage. I just went out and measured the trailer (the boat is currently residing on a lift). My Shorland'r trailer (single axle with bunks only) is about 90" across the widest portion of the fenders. My single garage doors have a 95" opening. So far, so good...guess I won't know about the height clearance until the next time I have the boat on the trailer.


B Bear posted 08-20-2001 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I don't think you would have any problem with the dual console sit down configuration on the Ventura. The height is much lower than on the Dauntless with the center console. With is another matter, depending on the garage door opening.
Ventura16 posted 08-20-2001 09:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I hope you're right, Bear. I would love to get it into the garage for safe winter storage. Even though I had it securely covered last winter, the constant ice and snow buildup almost collapsed my cover. I ended up going out at least once a week and cleaning it off.

I guess I shouldn't be worried about it in August, though!


blackdog posted 08-21-2001 09:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I think the other problem guys is the length. Most garages on newer homes are 20 x 20
(2 car). You really need a few more feet to back her in with the engine. The tongue of the trailer may get in the way. I was thinking of getting my tongue cut / made into a removable tongue but the height is another issue. L
Bear is correct in the height. I think you will be OK. The center console rail sticks up on the Dauntless.
There is a post on garages somewhere on this site. I wish we had a search option. Look for it some time this last year.
Ventura16 posted 08-21-2001 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
I went to the Shoreland'r site and discovered that my trailer is 18'6" long...with the extra length of the engine added, it will fit in the garage, but at a slight angle. I also checked the Load-Rite site...Blackdog, your trailer is only 18'3" long, but is 96" wide...that could pose a problem. I know that Shoreland'r makes a "swing-tongue" kit for their trailers. I don't know about Load-Rite or other manufacturers. I guess that each trailer/boat combination is going to vary somewhat. Time to get out your tape measures!


blackdog posted 08-21-2001 02:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Thanks Tom,
I wasn’t able to find my trailer on the site – Bunk / Keel Roller. When I measured her it was close but I didn’t check the width! I came up with just over 20 feet. I can ‘t angle as the rest of my garage would be unusable.

One more thing you reminded me about. You really need 9ft or wider garage doors. I have standard 8-foot door and lets just say you need to be a good driver. No room for error when pulling in your car. Forget about an SUV or pickup!


holmestk posted 08-26-2001 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for holmestk  Send Email to holmestk     
I picked up my dauntless 16 on Friday, and did manage to get it into the garage. With the tongue down low on the wheel jack, The top grabrail was just about 6'11" (a full three inches to spare!!)

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