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huladick posted 01-31-2004 07:52 AM ET (US)   Profile for huladick   Send Email to huladick  
Looking at a 2000 model with a 135 Merc and would like to hear from other owners of this boat. I owned a 15" Dauntless and loved it. Just want to go bigger now. Thanks.
dauntlass 18 posted 01-31-2004 08:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
I had a 1998 model with 150 hp Optimax .Great boat no major problems.I used it all over the upper Chesapeak bay.I ran boat three seasons before going with a larger Whaler.
lakeman posted 01-31-2004 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have a 2000 18 dauntless with a 135 opti. The only problem I had with it was planing and pourposing. It needs a set of trim tabs or with mine I added a SE300 to the motor cavatation plate and that helped. I may put tabs on when I have the money. The boat is drier than I suspected and handles a 2ft chop or more with ease. I have not, I'm not happy to say, had it in the blue water, I had an engine problem most of last year that keep me near shore.

I did notice a small stress crack on left hand side of motor well and the caulking around the pannels in the stern needs to be replaced. The helm seat box leaks, not unusal for a boat, but a poor design in that expensive boat. The CC is not that dry as well. The non ski deck is very hard to clean.
I came from a larger Grady and would have prefered to have the 18 Grady for better fishing layout but I'm happy with the boat.

I just reread this sorry to ramble?

SantaMonicaWhaler posted 02-02-2004 03:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for SantaMonicaWhaler  Send Email to SantaMonicaWhaler     
I have a 1999 Dauntless with a 1999 135 hp Optimax. So far, the boat and engine has been a great combination. I would agree with comments I have previously read that it can be a rough ride in 3-4 seas. Rough, but safe, which is a trade off I will take anytime. Otherwise, a great all-round boat.
Mark
huladick posted 02-02-2004 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for huladick  Send Email to huladick     
Thanks for the comments. Going to test drive it Friday.
Lars Simonsen posted 02-04-2004 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I have a 1998 18'Dauntless with 135 Optimax. Overall, I like the boat. I'm also getting stress cracks in the gel coat in the motor well. I'd describe it as a bay boat, not a blue water boat. You can take it out in the ocean, but you have to pick your days carefully. It's a fast, stable and dry running hull. You do have to carefully set up the motor to optimize performance. I also have a fin on my motor, and have seriously contemplated trim tabs (i.e. Bennett M70 sport tabs)
Lars
lets_go_whalers posted 02-12-2004 10:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for lets_go_whalers  Send Email to lets_go_whalers     
I am the proud owner of a 2000 Dauntless 18.
I have just celebrated my 1st year of ownership as well as Whalership. For an 80% cruiser 20% fisherman like me, this tub is great! I have the 135 Opti hanging off the back. With 5 slobs, two coolers of the good stuff, and the newly installed mp3 deck in the console- SHE ROCKS!
I operate in Miami- where an 18ft Whaler isn't the fanciest rig at the launch, but so what. I couldn't be happier with this boat. The Optimax sips fuel and the ride is dry. Plenty of places to sit and a great 2-man fishing platform.I look forward someday to passing my Whaler along to my kids (if I ever have them that is).Have pics.Did I mention how happy I am with my boat?

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