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stroke posted 07-03-2001 09:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for stroke   Send Email to stroke  
Has anyone put trim tabs on a d16 I have just bought a second hand one in Antigua, It is real nice in the inner islands. However, it seems to porpise a bit in the unprotected calms, when there is a bit chop. I was thinking if i put the nose down it would ride better? Anyone have any idea's, Also any tips on modifications or enhancments would be great. The rod holders at the back of the boat suck, as they are tought to get to, they should be in the gunnels. Thanx in advance.


Tsuriki BW posted 07-03-2001 10:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
stroke, how about some info on your engine?


Whaletosh posted 07-03-2001 04:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
You should be able to control this with the motor trim alone. You might also try a Doel-fin or similar.

There isn't any reason you can't use trim tabs though, you just may not need the expense.

Whaletosh posted 07-03-2001 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
As far as rod holers go, they are at the rear becuse that is a seperate piece from the main hull. The gunwales are part of the hull that is foam filled. Putting thme there would be more difficult.

You should consider getting rail mount rod holders. Perko makes some that will clamp on. Check West Marine, Boat Us, and Boaters World. I believe one can get all SS ones.

Ventura16 posted 07-03-2001 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
My Ventura 16 has the same hull and rear cockpit as your Dauntless 16. I mounted a pair of rail-mounts for removable plastic rod holders on the rear per side. I also mounted a pair on the rear ends of the bow rail. I can easily reach either the bow or stern-mounted starboard one from my seat at the helm.

I got the mounts and the rod holders from Cabela's...

They swivel and lock in various positions and are easy to remove so they aren't in the way when I'm not fishing.



Tsuriki BW posted 07-03-2001 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
As far as rod holders, I have 2 Fish-On rod holders mounted near the stern on the side rails. I also have 2 Fish-On holders mounted on low rails next to the cooler. They are high quality and are adjustable and removable. The ones in the front are easily used by persons in the bow and the ones closer to the stern and ealisy used by those at the helm.


Tsuriki BW posted 07-03-2001 09:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
These are on a Dauntless 14, just like Whalertosh.


B Bear posted 07-03-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
I have a 16 Dauntless, I have installed Doel Fins on my lower unit and I am pleased with the results.
I have recently read an article in "Trailer Boats" June 2001, page 42 where they tested "Smart Tabs" (price $120) which are self adjusting (using gas-spring struts) tabs for boats under 25 feet in length. I am not sure if the actuator will be able to clear the swim ladder on the starboard aft side, but it is possible. The tabs and actuators are offered in different sizes. I might change over to these later on.
If you are interested here is the contact information:
Nautics, Dept. TBM,
4196 Racquet Club Drive
Huntington, CA 92649

As for the rod holders I use Dotline stainless rail mounted, two on the aft seat rails facing aft and one on each aft side rail facing outboard. These have a built in pivot of about 30 degrees and use wing type nuts for easy removal so I can move them around as needed even out on the water.

Tsuriki BW posted 07-03-2001 11:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     
I would still like to know what motor stroke is using.


stroke posted 07-04-2001 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for stroke  Send Email to stroke     

I have a 90HP 2 stroke MERC,

Lst nigt i had 3 men 2 women and a baby onbaord, The Seas here were choppy, real choppy, I found it real difficult to plane and the bow was real high. I checked out those perko rod holders, they are pretty sweet i will probably get them and mount on the bow rail. Silly me, always wanting more order the anchor roller and when i arrived i was really dissapointed. I thought it had a fiberglass peice that would hold the anchor, it cost about 400 bux US, so i was thinking it had to be more then a roller. I guess live and learn... Another question i have is are the hulls on a outrage that much different the daunteles. I am thinking about getting a GPS/Fishfinder/depthSounder Does anyone know of any models? Has anyone have any installed?

stroke posted 07-04-2001 09:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for stroke  Send Email to stroke     
One more thing

Fueling , Does anyone have any probles filling these boats up, it seems to me that i cant fill it fast or it overflows?

Any idea's

Whaletosh posted 07-05-2001 08:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Keep in mind that the bow rail is 1 inch, make sure that the Perko units fit on 1 inch rail. The side rails are 7/8 inch; the Preko units do fit that. You might also consider Dot Line. I have two of those; one on each side of the bow rail, the angled part towards the console. These are adjustable and removable; and come with spacers for 7/8", 1", and square rails.

Fuel filling, does you Dauntless have a white plastic fill that has a hinged lid? If so that may be your problem, I belive that there is recall on that fill. If it has a standard metal fill and a vent on the port side, I all I can say is go slow.


blackdog posted 07-09-2001 09:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
No problem fueling my 2001 Dauntless, goes in as fast as you want. I have read there was a design change or even a recall. Check out the USCG site
Whaletosh posted 07-09-2001 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
Blackdog stated it better. My Dauntless 14 works fine at a gas station, on the trailer. If you have a SS Perko fill plate you have the proper fill. If you have the plastic fill witha hinged lid, I think you are subject to the recall. My memory is a little fuzzy on this but I am pretty sure this is the part that caused the recall.


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