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dinghy_sailor posted 07-30-2003 09:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for dinghy_sailor   Send Email to dinghy_sailor  
I am looking at a 18 ft Dauntless with T Top and a 115 hp Yamaha OB. Hull looks great, trailer is gavlanized with buddy bearings. Has a Lowrange with mapping GPS. FM CD player, bench seat in rear. What would the boat be worth??? Any comments. The hull looks different than my 13 ft Dauntless, other than just being bigger.
half shell posted 07-31-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
Hello in massachusetts that boat will bring 22-25k.
And yes it is much more boat than your older 13.
Regards Bob
Lars Simonsen posted 08-01-2003 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
In NC, around $19K-23K. The 115 doesn't seem big enough for the boat. I would suspect that it takes some time for the 115 to get it up on plane.
dinghy_sailor posted 08-03-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for dinghy_sailor  Send Email to dinghy_sailor     
Thats for the replies. I bought the boat and hauled it to the SC coast. It handles well and doesn't plane as quickly as my 13ft but overall I'm pleased. :) ~ Big Smile!
Lars Simonsen posted 08-03-2003 09:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
Congratulations! Enjoy your new boat!
dinghy_sailor posted 08-06-2003 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for dinghy_sailor  Send Email to dinghy_sailor     
My 99' 18 Dauntless with a 115 Yamaha is slow pulling out of the hole and planing. Called Sea Ray and found they package new 18's with a 135 Merc. My question is would a prop change help, and what other accesories might be added to plane quickly??
JohnJ80 posted 08-06-2003 06:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
To make the hole shot better you probably will need to fiddle props and fins. Those two things also imply vertical mount adjustment on motor. A good Stainless Stell prop 3 blade with good cupping and rake will help. I like my Stiletto prop based on Sal's recommendations. If you need yet more hole shot, you can go to a 4 blade prop.

Adding a fin (I added a Grand Island Marine Turbo Lift) provided huge dividends on hole shot for me (Dauntless 15 with Evinrude 2003 75HP). A fin like this will decrease the speed to hold a plane and decrease the hole shot time and distance.


dinghy_sailor posted 08-08-2003 08:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for dinghy_sailor  Send Email to dinghy_sailor     
John, do you sail a J80?? I have a little time in one as the fore-deck guy. Lot easier to sail than the J24 I crewed on. The J80 accelerates so fast, makes for fun in a breeze. I am going to see the type prop we have with the boat (we just bought it) I took it down to Hilton Head last week. When its not at our pier on Broad Creek, its dry docked in the old Broad Creek Marina boathouse. Thanks for your reply and hope to participate more in this forum...

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