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Dauntless 16 stability
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posted 07-09-2001 05:45 PM ET (US)
Looking for a boat to go to the beach, easy for my wife to climb in and out of (bad back). Also need friendly ride. My 17' was a pretty rough ride when encountering large wakes. This one for fair weather use only. Looking at 90 HP 4 cycle (quiet, smoke free).
Read some old reports of stability issues with 15' Dauntless. Is this hull still used?
Looks like the 18' would be substantially harder to climb into. Any comments appreciated.
posted 07-09-2001 08:46 PM ET (US)
I have a Ventura 16 which shares the hull and the rear cockpit layout of the Dauntless 16, but has bow seating, a full windshield w/walk-through and two pedestal seats.
We chose this boat over the Dauntless 16 layout because my wife needed a comfortable ride and good seating (she has MS). It is very easy for her to get in and out...even with limited mobility. Our usage so far has been mainly on inland lakes, but we have found this hull to be very stable, dry and predictable in fairly high winds, large chop and big wakes. As long as you don't need true "off-shore" capability, the Daunless/Ventura 16 should do a great job for you.
posted 07-10-2001 12:07 AM ET (US)
In the General there is a thread by Barnett Childress dated 6-25-2001 "Montauk 16 Dauntless Observations". He has recently bought a Montauk and sold his 16 Dauntless, he had stated that the 16 Dauntless was more stable than the Montauk, please look up this thread.
I have a 16 Dauntless with a 90 Honda. I just had taken three boys ages 11, 13, 13 and one Dad fishing. The day started out rainy, windy (10-20 knot wind) and at times a 2+ ft chop. When most of it passed I just took it easy and we made out just fine, the kids were all over the place fishing sometimes all on one side, the boat was very stable. Later that day when the winds died down and the big cruisers started zooming by putting out 3 ft wakes the boat did alright, not as well as a larger boat with a deep Vee but good for it's size. Boat/US just addressed the issue of wakes in their recent issue.
I am not sure if the center console design would be good for your wife. I find myself using the adjustable back of the seat as a lean post while driving the boat rather than sitting. Maybe the Venura or a model that has pedestal seats would be better for her, as with Ventura 16's wife. Also you might look at a larger whaler with a deep Vee hull, like an Outrage, if the ride comfort is a real issue.
posted 07-10-2001 09:31 AM ET (US)
As far as ease of getting ina and out of the boat:
Swimming- all of the Dauntless 14/16/18/22s and their Ventura cousins have telescoping swim ladders and grab handles. It is pretty much a wash, all of them are going to be easy to board in normal seas. In rolling waves they will be just as bad as most boats.
Boarding at the dock- This is to hard to predict. The real important variable is height of the dock off of the water, which will determine the height of the dock relative to the gunwales and deck of the boat. Have had times on my Duantless 13 and 13 Sport where it was a chore to step down. Other times I have seen larger boats reuire a big step up. It depends on the dock.
As far as the Duantless 15 goes it is still used as the Justice 15 ind the CPD. So you could look at the specs of it. It is really smaller in every aspect except LOA than my Dauntless 14 and has more in common with my prior Dauntless 13. Stabilty was never to bad, but ride quality was. My Dauntless 14 is a whole different animal. Much better ride, far more stable (even if not an issue), built in gas tank, storage galore, overall just a much better boat.
So, speaking as one who has owned, both an "early" Dauntless and a "new style" Dauntless I can tell you without hesitation that there is no comparison.
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