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Looking to buy 20' Dauntless/Ventura
|Author||Topic: Looking to buy 20' Dauntless/Ventura|
posted 06-24-2003 09:35 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-24-2003 10:08 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-24-2003 10:13 PM ET (US)
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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