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KeysNole posted 03-17-2002 04:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for KeysNole   Send Email to KeysNole  
What is the max hp for this boat? Were they rigged with Mercury from the factory? Did most of them have teleflex steering, or hydraulic? Any other comments about this particular boat would be appreciated.
Dick posted 03-17-2002 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
1998 13 Dauntless max HP 50.

The rig was pre packaged with Mercury to keep the price down, also because Mercury, Sea Ray and Whaler are one big happy family.

Dick posted 03-17-2002 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Sorry I missed the other question. They all did come with Teleflex mechanical no feedback steering.
KeysNole posted 03-17-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
Thanks Dick. I have found a 98 model, stock with trailer and no motor for 5K. I don't think it's a deal, considering a 98 or newer 50hp will be in the 3-5K range.

Boattraderonline has a few Florida boats for the 8-9K range, so unless the seller really wants to come down, I'll be passing. I seem to remember these boats going for about 14K new?

I'm assuming this boat is going to ride a bit better than my 92 GLS? Seems to have more freeboard, and I like the grab rails up front.

PMUCCIOLO posted 03-18-2002 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO    
BEWARE! Prior to purchase, go for a test ride and check one thing above all else: the drainage! Make sure that the water gets out, and that it stays out! I had a bad experience with a 15 Dauntless (1996) with drainage problems. Be careful, and, please, learn from my experience.


Dick posted 03-18-2002 06:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I have only run one 13 Dauntless and that was several years ago. As I remember the ride was smooth and dry and handeled well. You don't want to get up and dance around in it like you can in your GLS though. I would keep the GLS.

Wreckdiver posted 03-18-2002 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wreckdiver  Send Email to Wreckdiver     
I plugged the self-draining holes with rubber stoppers on the13 Dauntless that I used to own. The boat was used for diving so it was always run near max load. I would pull the plugs after the dive to let all the water out of the boat. I think the best engine on this boat was the old Mercury 40 HP 4. It was light smooth and a joy to run. The boat didn’t have a lot of lift at the stern, so I don’t think it got on plane with the heavier 3 cylinder engines.


Wreckdiver posted 03-18-2002 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wreckdiver  Send Email to Wreckdiver     
I meant to say ”got on plane as quickly with the heavier s cylinder engines”
Whaletosh posted 03-21-2002 09:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I had the same setup asWreckdiver. Although, I had the read deck option which made pulling the plugs out mor difficult. I pulled the plug that drained the tunnel after each use. I didn't have as much of a water problem, as I used mine for fishing.

Personally I think the best seat for the 13 Dauntless was the Reversible Pilot Seat option. This is similar to the RPS on the new Montauk.

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