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jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 07:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for jim_usa   Send Email to jim_usa  
One last check before I put in an order for a boat.

Dealers have told me that the top of the console on the Dauntless 160 is 6'10 or 6'11" high as the boat is on the trailer.

But I would apopreciate hearing for the end users what their boats are measuring.

So if you get a chance, please measure your boat to the top of the console rail while it's on a trailer and let me know which trailer you have. A long level helps keep this accurate.

Thanks very much.

jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
I need to know this because I need to get this into my garage. And the door opening is 6' - 11.5" high.

Thanks again

Jarhead posted 07-16-2003 09:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I looked up the specs in my owner manual supplement. The length from the keel to the top of the console is 5'8". From the ground to the keel on my trailer, Performance aluminum with 14" wheels, is about 22".

5'8" [68"] + 22" = 90" or, if my math is correct, 7'6".

Jimm posted 07-16-2003 02:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Jim, If it help you, I can put my Montauk 170 through my 7 foot garage door with ease. Maybe you can make a comparision measurment.
RonB posted 07-16-2003 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for RonB  Send Email to RonB     
As a last resort, you could let a little air out of the trailer tires. I've done this before when loading and unloading roll on - roll off cargo on merchant ships.
jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Jarhead, I think your trailer may be a bit on the heavy duty side compared to the ones I'm looking at. For example the EZ Loader 2800 lbs trailer was said to be 6'11" to the top of the console by a dealer. But who knows. He could have been yanking my chain to make a sale.


Perry posted 07-16-2003 07:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
Jim, I measured mine and it is 6' 10 3/4". I measured with the tongue at hitch level. I have an ez-loader 2800# trailer. I hope this helps.
Jarhead posted 07-16-2003 07:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Well, lets look at the specs..
If my owners manual for the 160 is correct then the measurement from the bottom most part of the keel to the top of the console is 5'8". So the measurement from the ground to the bottom of the keel with the boat on the trailer would have to be no more than 1'3" to be 6'11" over all to fit under your garage door.

Hey, maybe his trailer will work. Hope so. :)

jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 08:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Sounds great Perry. I was also thinking I might be able to lower the tongue jack. Plus my driveway is sloped slightly meaning the front of the boat is lower than the reargoing in. So backing it in would possibly allow me to be around an inch lower still until the tongue jack gets to the garage floor level.

tuck95 posted 07-16-2003 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for tuck95  Send Email to tuck95     
I've got a '99 16 Dauntless that I keep in my garage on an ezloader trailer. I just measured it, and with the tongue jack cranked all the way down, the top console stainless grab rail just clears under the door opening of 6'9.5".

Good Luck with your decision...I've found the 16' Dauntless to be a versatile, practical, and safe small boat for fishing and cruising around NYC and trailering to the Outer Banks and Martha's Vineyard.

jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Thanks for the help Tuck. Sounds encouraging for me.

Which trailer do you have?

Also, have you ever been into the Ocean with your Dauntless?

jim_usa posted 07-16-2003 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Thanks to everyone who took the time to measure their boat!
jimh posted 07-16-2003 11:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It might have been possible to deduce the height from the specifications listed on the website.

For the 160 DAUNLTESS the "bridge clearance" is listed as 4-ft 9-inches; the "draft" is listed as 11-inches. This implies a height from keel to topmost of 5-ft 8-inches.

holmestk posted 07-17-2003 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for holmestk  Send Email to holmestk     
I had the same question when I went through this, came up with 6'11". Here is the original link with other answers:

Good Luck.

jim_usa posted 07-17-2003 10:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
holmestck - That was a good thread. Thanks much.

It will be close for me because I only have 6'11" (plus a hair or two ) to deal with.

And it looks like trailers can make the difference.

My plan is to be able to back it into the garage on the van until the wheels are in, then let it off the trailer and roll it the rest of the way. It will be slightly up hill so I may need some help from my teenage kids with pushing. Unless I can rig up some sort of wench system in the back on my garage.

cmarques posted 07-21-2003 10:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
My Dauntless 160 will -just- clear the garage door still hitched up- I had to remove part of the 1x2 moulding around the garage door because that top of the console rail would just hit where the top straps attach. I can get it backed in between the workbench, water heater and jon-boat on 1 side straight back without having to push more than a few inches after inside. Also had to adjust the door opener travel all the way up so it would not hit either.
newt posted 07-22-2003 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for newt  Send Email to newt     
Jim_usa, I have a good wench, but she is not nearly strong enough to roll the boat around. Now if I gave my wench a winch......:)
jim_usa posted 07-22-2003 04:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
newt.. good eye! and I'm with you. a good wench is hard to replace!
blackdog posted 07-28-2003 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for blackdog  Send Email to blackdog     
I have a 01 16’ Dauntless. My thoughts- it will not fit in my garage length or Height wise, Ez loader Bunk / roller trailer. Also you may be surprised how heavy this boat is and find it difficult to move around. I would not even attempt to move it without a truck or car. 2000lbs + trailer…
cmarques posted 07-29-2003 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
My garage is 22'3" deep and my Dauntless 160 on a Magic Tilt trailer is 21'9" from the engine skeg to tip of ball coupler on trailer with the engine tilted up for towing. Almost snapped off gps antenna last week when I forgot to lower on ratchet mount before going into garage.

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