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SunnySouthFloridaWhaler posted 06-05-2002 02:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for SunnySouthFloridaWhaler   Send Email to SunnySouthFloridaWhaler  
Intend to purchase a new Whaler soon. I know these are quite different choices, however, I am considering the following two boats. 16 Dauntless with 100hp 4 stroke Yamaha --or-- 13 Sport with 40hp 4 stroke Yamaha. Any input will be greatly appreciated. I will be boating regularly on the ICW here in Boca Raton, FL, some Florida keys, some Naples Gulf of Mexico, some river running on the Peace and Myakka rivers off of Charlotte Harbor at Punta Gorda, FL.
Thanks.
SunnySouthFloridaWhaler posted 06-05-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for SunnySouthFloridaWhaler  Send Email to SunnySouthFloridaWhaler     
Also, will be doing some lake boating in the chain of lakes region just north of Orlando, FL.

My previous boat was a C-Dory, a 22' Pilothouse cruiser with a 75hp four stroke Honda. Got rid of it because it was all enclosed and too hot for this area. Loved the four stroke Honda.

controller posted 06-05-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for controller  Send Email to controller     
I am new to whalers, I just bought a 2001 16 dauntless and had it out 3 times and love it. Sat evening I was in long island sound with 3-4 foot chop and boat handled well and i only got sprayed a couple times.

Boat feels larger than it really is. My only complaint is that it takes a long time to plane out and get the bow down. I have a merc 115 on it.

Scott

JohnJ80 posted 06-06-2002 10:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I bought a Dauntless 15' last year (with a 70hp Johnson 2 stroke). I love this boat, but it I probably have a small case of 'one foot -itis', a 16 would be better. However, for a variety of reasons, I have to be under 16'.

For this reason alone I would choose the 16' over the 13.

Other than that, the 15 goes probably faster than I really would want to go. It planes out about 3K rpm and it will go just about forever on a gallon of gas when trimmed out. So, I can't imagine any reason to get a 13' over 16' given a choice.

The other issue that I notice that argues for the 16' is that because of the high flared hull and how it goes way back on the boat, makes it handle not to well in close quarters at low speed. She wants to slide sideways in a sharp turn unlike other boats I have had. This would have to be aggravated in the 13 and better in the 16'. However, this feature, while manageable with practice is more than compensated for the seaworthy, smooth ride when underway in a chop.

I am always bracing to hit a wave and then surprised at how smoothly this hull goes through the chop.

So, my advice would be to go for the 16'. I think you will get all the zippy performance of a smaller boat with the handling and ride of a larger one.

j.

jbtaz posted 06-07-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for jbtaz  Send Email to jbtaz     
I have a 2002 13 Sport, Merc 40EFI 4 stroke and cushion and bow rail package. It is a great riding boat. Real stable, easy to trailer and ALOT smoother riding than my older 13.
Dick posted 06-07-2002 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I have a 99 Montauk with a 50 Merc 4 stk and love it.
I think if I were looking for a new boat now the new 170 Montauk with either the 60 or 90 Merc 4 stk would be my choice.
It is well worth taking a look at. It's more money than the 13 Sport, but a lot more boat and a lot less money than the 16 Dauntless.
lou02 posted 07-07-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lou02  Send Email to lou02     
I purchased a new 13 Sport w/ 40 Merc
2 stroke three weeks ago and could not be more pleased with it.

It is fast, fun, stable, easy to trailer and launch single-handed, doesn't crowd the garage and a better value compared to other Whalers (which are a good value!).

I get unending questions and compliments about it at the launch ramp.

Good luck with your decision...Either Whaler won't steer you wrong!

whalernut posted 07-07-2002 07:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
Remember guys the New Whaler 150 Sport is out, it may be the model you have all been looking for? Except for the cheesy console, it looks pretty good, and it has a full rail like a supersport with a 70 h.p. Max, sounds interesting. Jack.
JustFish posted 07-08-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustFish  Send Email to JustFish     
I have the 16 Dauntless with a 90hp 4 stroke. I think its underpowered. Go with the Yamaha F115 if you can.

It does plane slowly - the only complaint I have. Tabs would do wonders on this boat.

I can load and unload alone with no problems at all.

I think you'll find the 13 will get small quick and not take nearly the sea the Dauntless will.

SunnySouthFloridaWhaler posted 07-09-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for SunnySouthFloridaWhaler  Send Email to SunnySouthFloridaWhaler     
Thanks for all the replies. Took Dick's advice and ordered the new 170 Montauk with a 60hp Merc EFI 4 stroke Bigfoot and a swivel tongue trailer to fit it all in the garage.

It will be at the dealer on July 29th ... picking it up the second week in August. Very excited!!!!

Some gear I've been gathering ...

Garmin GPSMap 182c color GPS with the big-chip Florida-Bahamas BlueChart chip.

Garmin 240 Blue fishfinder with dual freq transducer.

Icom M402S VHF radio.

Shakespeare 36" stainless antenna and stainless foldable antenna mount.

Edson Power-Knob suicide knob to bolt on the steering wheel.

Having too much fun ...

SunnySouthFloridaWhaler

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