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Maine whaler posted 06-20-2003 12:15 PM ET (US)   Profile for Maine whaler   Send Email to Maine whaler  
Looking at one of these with a 115 Johnson on it. Anyone have any expereince with this boat? Thanks for any help.
Richard Quinlivan posted 06-20-2003 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Richard Quinlivan  Send Email to Richard Quinlivan     
I have a '95 Dauntless with a 125 Merc that I bought new. Great boat! I had a Montauk for 19 years previous. The Dauntless has reasonable room and of course has seats. It still fishes well and has all the normal Whaler advantages.
djahncke posted 06-24-2003 04:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for djahncke  Send Email to djahncke     
I have a '95 17' Dauntless with a 115 Evinrude. It's a great boat and motor combination for the family. We use it for skiing, tubing and just plain boat rides. Most of the time it's on an inland lake but once in a while I'll take it out onto Lake Huron.
Maine whaler posted 06-25-2003 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
Well I did it. I bought the boat. Pick up just before a week of vacation. I am planning to run it in coastal waters for island hopping with an occasional trip to one of the lakes around here. Anything I should watch for or any add ons you made that improved the boat?
Jarhead posted 06-25-2003 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Congratulations Main whaler..

Hope you have a great vacation with your new Whaler. :)

Maine whaler posted 07-07-2003 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Maine whaler  Send Email to Maine whaler     
What a great little boat. Launched like a charm and worked great taking trips to the islands. It came with a ski pylon which really helped when towing the kids tubing. Only question is that at slow speeds the boat seems to track back and forth 5 to 10 degrees. Anyone else have this problem or a solution?
JohnJ80 posted 07-07-2003 04:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I had the same problem with my D15 with a 2003 Evinrude FICHT motor on it. I think it is related to weight aft.

You can move weight forward. I think this puts more hull in the water making it more likely to track. I also solved the problem by adding a Grand Island Marine Turbo Lift fin. I don't know if they make one for your motor - give them a call.

The Turbo Lift has turned down wing tips which seem to make the boat steer much straighter especially at low speed.

You might also want to make sure the motor is trimmed all the way in at slow speed.

j

dgp posted 07-07-2003 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
My former boat was a '97 Dauntless 17 and it tracked at slow speeds as you describe. I believe this is a common trait to all deep vee hulls and is normal with the Dauntless 17. I don't have this condition with the classic Montauk.
andymanning posted 07-12-2003 12:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for andymanning  Send Email to andymanning     
I have a 1996 dauntless with Johnson 115, bought late fall of last year. Moved up from a 13 ft. 1968 whaler.
Spent a week on Maine lake for vacation with family.
Very happy with performance as family boat and for fishing.
I would check out the posts on the cockpit scupper valves.
Mine are letting in a lot of water on ladder side.
It is filling bilge. As a result I discovered cracked fiberglass and faulty plug leading to gas tank.
I think water was stuck in there over the winter and expanded since I did not even know about the potential problem.
I want to take inshore rides, Portsmouth Harbor, later in the year. Good luck with your boat.

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