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MikeK posted 03-02-2002 10:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for MikeK   Send Email to MikeK  
I am a former Whaler owner (1972 13 SSport), have decided to buy another one. Just found this site, wonderful! I want a trailerable and garageable 16 foot fishing boat for Inland waters and close shore Lake Michigan. Several questions, will a Dauntlaus on a trailer fit in a 6 1/2 garage?? I like the console setup on the Ventura, any owners out there have opinion of either of these boats for fishing/general recreation. How about power, 90 or 115? I have a 90 on an aluminum fish/ski now that is adequate. How do I build this boat from your experiences?? Dealers in Lower MI?? Thanks!!
Ventura16 posted 03-02-2002 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Hi Mike -

I have a 2000 16 Ventura...it is a great all-around package for fishing, cruising and watersports. Although the 16 Dauntless is more popular with fisherman, we found the layout of the Ventua to be better for us. Real seating for 6 (including pedestal seats for driver and primary passenger...my wife, Admiral Jan). We use it regularly on inland lakes (we live on one near Detroit) and "near-shore" on Lake Michigan. We have a Merc. 90 hp. 2 stroke on our Ventura...it is a great combination of power and low weight. The boat is very easy to trailer, and does fit nicely into our garage with single 8x7 doors...and that's where it's sitting as we speak...

I'd be happy to answer any of your other questions...

Tom

holmestk posted 03-02-2002 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for holmestk  Send Email to holmestk     
I threw out the garage question last year before buying my dauntless 16. It is difficult to get an exact answer because of the variety of trailer configurations. My boat with a 2300lb rated ezloader trailer came out at 6'11", which was just enough to fit into the 7' clearance. Plan B was to modify/remove the grabrail and windshield, neighborhood covenants dont allow boats in the driveway.

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