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millerbr posted 08-12-2002 10:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for millerbr   Send Email to millerbr  
I just got the call from my dealer today that my '03 Dauntless 160 just came in (115 4-stroke); should be able to pick it up by the end of the week. Any tips or tricks from other 160 owners?
Manderson posted 08-12-2002 05:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Manderson  Send Email to Manderson     
Yea, buy a bigger boat.
Swellmonster posted 08-12-2002 06:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Lighten up, its what he chose and he will have many good years with it.
Congratulations on
Swellmonster posted 08-12-2002 06:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
pardon the typo,
congrats on your new family member!
David Ratusnik posted 08-12-2002 07:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
tips- Buy two (2) of everything for safety purposes- 2 throw cushions, 2 fire ex, 2 of everything, etc. Think Navy. .03 David
Dick posted 08-12-2002 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

Congratulatios on the new boat.
It should be a nice rig. Think you will love that 4 stroke.
Let us know how it performs.


fno posted 08-13-2002 04:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Congrats on the 160. I have the 90 four on mine. Original prop pitch was 16 x 13.25" It was too steep for the boat. Took forever to get on plane. Finally, got down to a 14 pitch for skiing, 15 for general use and a Doel fin. It took a year and half to get fin on it, but it gets the boat up on plane twice as fast as without and improves the ride tremendously in a chop. It helps keep the V part of the bow down when running on plane. Top speed with the 16 prop:42 mph, 15: 39 mph, 14: 38 mph,14 with fin 36-38 mph. Be prepared to go back to the dealer to swap props out. Don't ding it the first day out like I did. Good luck.
millerbr posted 08-13-2002 09:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for millerbr  Send Email to millerbr     
Thanks for the replies. As to the size, this is exactly what I wanted. I sold my big boat (Tiara) this spring and wanted to go to something small and trailerable. The boat will be used as a Coast Guard Auxiliary facility and will therefore be well equiped safetywise(two fire extinguishers, etc., required). The boat comes with a 16 pitch prop, and I will report on the performance once I get some underway time.
Thanks again,
dauntlass 18 posted 08-13-2002 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Millerbr ,Good luck to you with your new 16ft Whaler.Look at it this way the 16 ft Whaler will perform better than or equal to most other boats in 20 to 22ft range.I found that out real quick when I bought my Dauntless.
JustFish posted 08-13-2002 02:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for JustFish  Send Email to JustFish     
Miller - second on FNO's reply. I didn't change out the prop and mine (also a 16') takes forever to get on plane with a 90 4stroke. I'm not going to bother at this point since I am looking to move up and have all but made a deal.

Watch out for the clip that holds the ladder in the upright position. Its easily broken when someone grabs it while in the water in an effort to unlatch it and put it in the down position.

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