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SoCalWhaler posted 03-03-2002 08:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for SoCalWhaler   Send Email to SoCalWhaler  
Hello fellow Whaler Owners, last April my wife and I purchased our first boat, a 2001
13' Sport w/40hp Mercury. Enjoyed the experience so much decided to look into buying a bigger boat. We decided we wanted a 16' Dauntless, after reading the extensive
comments and positive feedback (BBear, BlackDog and Tallydon),we felt comfortable that the 16' Dauntless would fit all our needs. We then contacted our local dealer to check stock and pricing and to our benefit
he had a 2001 16' Dauntess in stock. The boat came equipped with a bow rail, comfort package, live well and best of all a F115 Yamaha. All for $ 21,900 !! We asked if a
sea test was possible to confirm our decision. The day of the sea test the swells
were running about 4', the salesman DEMONSTRATED all that a Whaler can do,several times the hull was about 85% out of the water, neither one of us felt unsafe
in these conditions and never got wet.
We are now the proud owners and couldn't be happier. Took possession of the boat on Friday 3/1 and already have 5 hours on the boat. Looking forward to hearing your input and sharing our experiences as we go.
Tallydon posted 03-03-2002 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tallydon  Send Email to Tallydon     
Congrats on your purchase. You will love your boat and especially the Yam 115. I love my F100.
MikeK posted 03-04-2002 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for MikeK  Send Email to MikeK     
Sounds like a great deal, I am also looking at a Dauntless or Ventura, what type of trailer came with your package??
blackdog posted 03-04-2002 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
Great Price. Please let us know how the yam 115 F performs. I am getting spring feaver myself back here on the east coast. How is she propped? Time to plane…..

One thing to do, pad the anchor locker, as the anchor will bounce around and can chip the gel coat. Some one suggested here gluing mouse pads or cutting up an old wet suit.

B Bear posted 03-04-2002 07:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Welcome SoCalWhaler,
I am glad you took her on a sea trail before commentment.
I think if you have any questions about outfitting that boat any of us here and in general will be happy to help.
controller posted 03-04-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
Just bought my 160 Dauntless on Friday. I take delivery in April and can't wait. I have the comfort package, bimini top, ski pylon, 115 merc, and a 2300lb EZ Load bunk trailer.

I just ordered from Mills Canvas a CC console cover as well as the pilot seat cover. Does anyone have either of these?

I also have a Standard Horizon eclipse radio. Now I need to determine which sounder/gps unit to buy. I am leaning towards a Garmin 188c. Any comments?

I will be using it in North eastern Long Island Sound.

B Bear posted 03-04-2002 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for B Bear  Send Email to B Bear     
Controller congrats as well.
Blackdog has the Mills you ordered and the mooring cover.
Blackdog and I have the same VHF as you. I bekieve he mounted his on the top of the console I mounted mine on the vertical part of the console to the right of the wheel under the throttle. On the dash I am using a RAM mount for my Lowrance X85 fishfinder, I think Blackdog has a Garmin on a RAM mount and I have a handheld Garmin GPS just to the right of the midline on the top of the console. My personal preferance is to see the GPS and the Sonar at the same time so when I go home at night I can use the backtrack on the GPS and still look for that one last sweetspot to drop a line.
blackdog posted 03-05-2002 08:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     

I have a Mills mooring cover; console cover and Pilot seat cover as well. First of all they are all great quality.

With that said you may want to talk to Leslie about the console cover. I was disappointed when I received it. The cover only goes down about mid way on the console. I had seen others that go to the deck and that’s what I wanted. Mills would add on to it for some $$ but I never got around to taking a picture and mailing it back to them to add on some canvas. I really don’t use it that much anyway. My advice is to hold off buying stuff until you really know what you need. Unlike myself, I went out and bought a bunch of stuff the first year and there are some things I could do with out.

I have the Garmin 162i. To save space you may want to look at the 168i which is a combo sounder Chart Plotter. I have the one with an internal antenna, hence the “i”. This will save you space and the hassle of installing an antenna. I have never had a problem getting a signal. You can also use it the car! I mounted this with Ram mount on top of the console of to the right. VHF, Standard Horizon is mount on top of the console as well on the Left side. Compass is in the middle. No room for anything else : )

I have Digital Pics if you would like to see the set up. Email me if you would like to see them.


blackdog posted 03-05-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
The VHF and GPS are both on the right side top of the console as far as possible from the compass.
SoCalWhaler posted 03-05-2002 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for SoCalWhaler  Send Email to SoCalWhaler     
Thanks for all your input and information. The prop is a 17" pitch not sure of the diameter with a Pacific bunk trailer model number G15SW2, very satisfied with the trailer tows like a dream. During the sea trial the boat did a lot of porpoising, we had the dealer install a Doel-fin. This dropped the rpms required to plane from 3700
to 3200, and completely solved the porpoising problem I would recommend this installation to anyone. I inquired as to whether this would effect the engine warranty and was told no from our dealer. From May thru October oour boat is kept in a slip on a mountain lake ( Big Bear )about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The altitude is 6700ft and we are still researching what pitch prop would be the best. We are thinking of using a stainless steel prop or maybe an adjustable pitch composite prop. Any information would be helpful. We live only an hour from the ocean and plan on going out Saturday in the 70 degree SoCal weather! Will try to get some performance numbers to report.Congrats to Controller on picking a winner.
MikeK posted 03-08-2002 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for MikeK  Send Email to MikeK     
I am looking at a 16' Dauntless, possibly a Ventura with a freshwater fishing package, what electric trolling motor/shaft length has anyone installed on their boat?? Any other upgrades that I should consider??

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