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Jamber posted 09-24-2003 11:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jamber   Send Email to Jamber  
I own a 1999 16-DAUNTLESS with a F100 Yamaha (4stroke).
I really love my Whaler. Only major complaint is my DAUNTLESS seems to draw a lot of water (heavy engine?). Mostly when idling in an out of the mouth of the river (creek) at mid to low tides. I can only trim the engine up so much and still maintain safe steering control but I still kick up mud/dragging my skeg on the bottom. This is in the middle of the marked channel, I see other boats (most with jack plates) go though with no problems. I'm thinking a jack plate would help me raise my engine more and keep safe steering. I have never seen a DAUNTLESS with a Jack Plate...
Any one else using a jack plate on a DAUNTLESS (or other Whalers), how does it handle on and off plane? Do you think it would solve my problem and is worth the $700-$1000? Any con's (besides price, labor and added weight) to having a jack plate? Also, any recomendations of jack plate brands/stores?

Thanks for your help,
Southwest Florida

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lakeman posted 09-25-2003 07:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have a DAUNTLESS 18 and have considered the jack plate for other reasons. There seems to be a bunch of them on the market but the company that stands out in my mind is Bob's Machine Shop near Tampa Fl.
I have never owned a boat with one on it.
Jamber posted 09-26-2003 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jamber  Send Email to Jamber     
Thanks Lakeman,

What are your reasons for wanting a jack plate?
I found Bob's Machine Shop's website
I sent them an email about my Whaler and asked if a jack plate would work for me. I will post an update if/when I get a reply. A co-worker mentioned Bob's to me aswell.

I'm still interested if anyone else has experience with jack plates on Whalers.

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Jamber posted 09-26-2003 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jamber  Send Email to Jamber     
Ok, I guess images don't work here... I will just make a link.


lakeman posted 09-27-2003 07:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have found that my boat rides/planes differently in many different water conditions. It is completely different on flat water than in a 2-3 foot chop. Not all that bad but different. I might add that the amount of porpoising may be the biggest overall change, I have to trim the motor in more in flat water.

I also might like to use the boat in thiner water.
Could be just a haven't have never had one?????
Just read this this post and this morning I cannot spell and my writing skill are some where else.

jimh posted 09-27-2003 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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Nice view of the Dauntless' hullform!

jimh posted 09-27-2003 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I don't know any reason why an Accu-track hull Boston Whaler would be different from other Boston Whaler boats, and most all models have been tried with jack plates.

You might find it interesting to read an article I wrote on this topic. See the hyperlink below.

lakeman posted 09-28-2003 07:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I'm getting interested after reading jimh article which included the jack plate. I owned a Grady for 13 years with a bracket and it was wonderful. I would like to know if setting the motor back 6- 10 inchs and being able to raise and lower the motor would make a $700 improvement in the Dauntless series. I hope you will post what Bob's has to say about it
Jamber posted 09-28-2003 04:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jamber  Send Email to Jamber     
Thanks jimh for fixing the links and for the article. Good reading, very helpful.

lakeman, I have yet to hear from Bob's yet... I will give them a call midweek if I do not hear from them by then. I will post my findings.


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