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ContinuousWave: Post-Classic Whalers
posted 08-02-2001 09:46 PM ET (US)
Has anyone have any experience with the Ventura line, which I think was introduced in 2000?
In advance thanks for your comments.
posted 08-02-2001 10:50 PM ET (US)
I have a 2000 Ventura 16 which I use almost daily for cruising and fishing. Most of my time is spent on inland lakes with a few trips out on Lake Michigan (fairly near shore). I chose it over the Dauntless 16 mainly because the dual console design had better seating for my wife and I...the hull, bow area and rear cockpit areas are identical with the D16. I have a Mercury 90hp. 2-stroke...it has plently of power with 2-3 on board, but I am experimenting with props to get a better hole shot. I'd be happy to answer any questions that you have about the Ventura.
posted 08-04-2001 10:50 PM ET (US)
Dual consoles,split windsheild,bow seating,
some have live wells,and porta pottis.They
look to be a good family boat.
The early dauntlass line was what the
venturas are now.
posted 08-13-2001 08:42 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the response. Your comments are helpful. I am considering a 16', but with a 4-stroke engine.
When you are out, do you get much chop, and if yes, how does the boat ride? How strong and cold is the wind on Lake Michigan? Do you have GPS on the boat? Do you have any coverings such as the Bimini, side flaps, windshield, and tonneau cover, and if you do, do they help reduce the wind?
Maine coastal waters can turn from a pleasant ride to cold winds of 10 knots and chop up to 4 feet before I call Seatow or the Coast Guard. My wife and I have a 78 15', modified V-hull, and several excursions have turned into very unhappy rides home. I'm wondering if the Ventura might turn this problem around.
posted 08-13-2001 10:58 PM ET (US)
Billy, I'd probably get a 4 stroke if I had it to do over again...love that smokefree operation and the fuel economy...although the extra weight on the stern might be an issue. I just put a Doel-Fin on my 2 stroke and it made a huge improvement in the planing time and really lowered the speed at which the boat will stay on plane.
We can get some very stiff and cold winds here in Michigan...especially in the fall. I've had it out in about 20 knots of wind, but I don't know if it was quite a 4 foot chop. In those conditions, it rides a little hard, but it stays pretty dry. The only time you really get wet is when you catch a wave almost on the beam. I only have the bimini top, but have considered getting the side curtains and connector panel to the windshield for colder weather. I do have the tonneau cover for the front cockpit, but only use it for mooring. I have the factory canvas (Great Lakes)...it is o.k., but I would highly recommend getting Mills canvas...they really have their act together on design and quality...their pieces all work together as a system.
All in all, I am very happy with the V16...it is a very comfortable, predictable boat. I don't spend any time way offshore, but I feel confident that it will bring me home safely from anywhere I do take it. My wife really enjoys having a real pedestal seat with grab handles nearby...she just couldn't deal with the discomfort of sitting halfway on a leaning post or on a cooler...and she feels much more secure.
posted 08-14-2001 10:09 AM ET (US)
Billy the 16 will be a great improvement over any mod-v 15' but it is still 16'. 4' chop is not fun in a 25' whaler.
posted 08-23-2001 09:22 PM ET (US)
Thanks for the input.
posted 08-24-2001 10:50 AM ET (US)
No problem, Billy! Let us know what you decide to do...It's always interesting to hear about other people's decision-making processes and purchases.
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