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lwoms posted 07-15-2003 11:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for lwoms   Send Email to lwoms  
I am interested in the Dauntless 22. I need a boat that is versatile enough to handle occasional rough water (light offshore), and shallow enough to handle the Texas Bay system.

I also enjoy water sports with the family.

Can anyone help me with the following questions?

What is the draft of this boat?

What kind of speed with a 225 optimax?

Rough water?

Skinny water?

What's the seating capacity?

Thanks, LWOMS

jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 08:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
All I know is from research, no practical experience.

But...

it's draft is pretty shallow, 12 inches. It can handle rough water well I'd guess. But the Outrage is better in rough water. It's deadrise at the transom I believe is 16 degrees compared to the Outrage 20 degrees.

You should check out www.whaler.com for more info.

jimh posted 07-16-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It seems like the DAUNTELSS section is missing a hyperlink.

Try this:

http://whaler.com/Rec/220_dauntless.shtm

TheWiskey posted 08-11-2003 01:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for TheWiskey  Send Email to TheWiskey     
The dauntless 22 is a sweet boat.

I have one in Morrocoy, Venezuela, and I use it to water ski, fish, cruses, etc.
I can not be happier.


About the Power: I have a Yamaha 225, with carburetors (gas prizes in Venezuela are low, very low)it provides lots of power to ski and I can take the nine persons up to 48 knots with ease. My propeller has a 21 pich.

About the Haul: I starts to plane immediately once you give it power. In the swells y take the power-trim up three bars in the Yamaha gauge, and the bow goes up to handle all the chop the sea can come up with. Once you find the right speed for the chop the boat behaves excellent, soft on the chop and tracks very well.

About the space: The boat is sociable, it is separated by the center consol. There is a place were five people can hung out in the bow and there is another place in the stern were there can be another five people having a good time too. At the same time than the ones in the front. This feature is very convenient because there could be two conversations going on, your wife and her friends and you and your friends. There is more storage in this boat than you will ever need. I took the porta-potty off and use this space for all the toys.

If you are going to fish: First you leave the front cushion behind and there is a large fish box in the front. Also in the model of Dauntless 22 that I have, I can leave the hole back seat behind and it gives me lots of space in the back. The boat came with a conveniently located bate well that is just big enough for two dais of fishing. In the Model I have there are four rod holders in the back to troll, I do not have outriggers but I have a good time with three rods.

If you are going to Ski: Take no more than five persons in the boat and have a great time.

The Problems: The front cushion fly’s off al high speeds. The ski rods need to be modify to be able to trim the engine all the way. And the most annoying problem is the little stainless steel hook that holds the rubber band that hold the fishing rods in the racks. That little hook takes your toe nail of if you are not careful and it hurts like a BCH.

Recommendations on the purchase: Ask for the seat that flips back and forth instead of the leaning post. Ask for the Bimini top instead of the T-top. Ask for the side rails instead of the rail that goes across the bow. Ask for the comfort package. Ask for an anchor roller were you can keep the anchor and do not have to put it in the anchor loker. The boat does not need trim tabs. Skip the porta-potty. Buy a 225 four stroke Yamaha.

Ok that is about all that I have to say.

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