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AlexG posted 06-24-2003 09:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for AlexG   Send Email to AlexG  
I just sold my 19' Grady White and I am interested in buying a 20' Dauntless or Ventura. It looks like this boat has a deeper V hull than the Grady. The Grady with a 175 Yamaha is a great boat, but it does not hadle waves well with its shallow modified V hull. Any information on the 20' Dauntless or Ventura is greatly appreciated, as well as information on the 1996-1998 200-225 HP OMC motors. After bad experiences with Mercury outboards, I will never buy another.

I am especially interested in knowing about any good or bad points about the boat. It will be used in coastal and protected waters in Florida and the Keys. Thanks.

Alex

JohnJ80 posted 06-24-2003 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I have a 15' dauntless. I also have alot of experience in blue water sailing in all sorts of bad weather. My D15 handles difficult conditions better than boats significantly larger in size - it is kind of amazing. I have taken my D15 through up to 4' wind driven chop (not fun, doable), I have taken it out in 45mph winds with my kids, I have taken it through scary boat wakes. Each time I am amazed how dry I come out of it.

I have also had my D15 swamped at a dock in a wind storm and driven it dry in 4' waves. Other boats would have been a total loss.

The D20 would be just that much better and more solid. I think it sounds like a great boat for your situation.

JohnJ80 posted 06-24-2003 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Sorry, forgot to add -

I also am not a Merc fan, although there seems to be a love of them from Whaler owners - probably due to the ownership by the same company so there are more equipped that way. Merc may be the largest (I think) so I always subscribe to the #2 guys because they 'try harder.' Just my contrarian side.

If it were up to me, I would go with either Evinrude DFI (what I have now and I really like ti) or the new ETECs although it would be a hard choice between that and the Yamaha 4 strokes. I don't know if you could make it work, but a dual motor set up could be great if you were on the ocean and out aways - redundancy is always a good thing.

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