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duckear posted 02-18-2004 01:22 AM ET (US)   Profile for duckear   Send Email to duckear  
I have been agonizing and have settled on finding a used 22' Dauntless.
I have 4 kids (3 girls) and a wife. Primary use will be cruising, skiing, fishing in Middle TN. One to two weeks per year in the Gulf for inshore/near shore fishing with occasional runs to the near rigs. From what I have read, it seems to be the perfect boat and the head makes it a lot better deal to the lil woman!

What are the biggest things to look for or look out for in a used Whaler?

What are some pitfalls to this boat?


lakeman posted 02-18-2004 07:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I hesitate to give an opinnion, I have the 2000 18 Dauntless, but here goes, The Dauntless is a bay boat, using it off shore even though it will do fine, you will have to pick your days. The boat may be able to take more seas than you want to but it is just a bay boat. I would not hesitate to take my 18 footer out up to 20 but would keep a very close eye on the weather and wave conditions. Near shore great boat, I bourght mine through a 2+ foot chop on Florida bay and my wife sayes it rides drier and smother than our old Grady under those conditions. I kinda wish I had the new Nantucket.
Eddie Mucciolo posted 02-18-2004 07:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Eddie Mucciolo  Send Email to Eddie Mucciolo     
Look at the Outrage. You will need the free board for saftey with the kids.
dauntlass 18 posted 02-18-2004 08:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
Ck out the Accutrack hull 21ft&23 Outrage models .Compaired to a Dauntless the Outrage is a much better handeling hull design.I had a 18 Dauntless great boat but my present 21ftConquest{which I think is a Outrage hull}rides and handles much better than the Dauntless.Try to seatrial both models before you buy.Good luck.
prj posted 02-18-2004 09:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
Guys, he's not intending to buy an offshore hull.
Note the primary use, "middle TN".

Large impoundments and river systems I expect.
You aren't going to find regular 3-4' chop nor swells
in these locations.
I expect that the the Dauntless IS the hull for you.

Moe posted 02-18-2004 10:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
And note the number of passengers. Him and wife on the RPS, perhaps the boy on the cooler seat, and the three girls on the bench seat at the stern. The 220 Dauntless looks perfect for that.

You have to pick your days going offshore with a 210 or 240 Outrage, just as you will with the 220 Dauntless. There are days you wouldn't want to be out even on a larger charter boat. You may have fewer offshore days to choose from with the 220, but you'll appreciate the family accomodations and I suspect also the much shallower draft, in TN.

Buckda posted 02-18-2004 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I agree with Moe and PRJ - the 22 Dauntless sounds like the hull for you and your intended use - and it sounds like you're also considering your Outrage price will not be pleasing to the ears of your wife.

Duckear - Check out the reference section of the site for information on what to look for when buying a used Boston Whaler.

You may want to do some research to find out what kind of canvas is available for this hull. With wife and kids aboard you may want to investigate a forward shelter to get them out of the sun, or for brief naps.

The 22 should be fine for the occasional run to nearshore rigs in the Gulf if you're picking your days.

Good luck in your search - and have fun!


Lars Simonsen posted 02-18-2004 10:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I think the Dauntless 22 would fit your use just perfectly. I have an 18 Dauntless, and it is almost the perfect "family boat." I have three boys (7, 12 and 13) and I feel plenty secure with them in the boat in most any conditions that I am comfortable boating in. My wife likes the fact that I can put cushions in the bow and on the back bench seat and put up back rests on the bench seat. I'm glad I can take out all of that garbage and then go fishing just about anywhere. The extra 4 feet of length that the 22 has would certainly improve the ride, which in the 18 can be somewhat harsh in the chop.

The Dauntless is also a very attractive boat, in my opinion (the center console anyway; I don't know much about the others). I get a lot of favorable comments from people who see it.

I would recommend the Dauntless.

jcswpa posted 02-22-2004 09:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for jcswpa  Send Email to jcswpa     
The dauntless is the perfect boat, I own a 22 and there is nothing like it. The outrages have way to much freeboard. And the 22 has a Head, which the 21 outrage does not (post 03).

In fact, I had to travel over 400 miles from Annapolis to even get my hands on one. The local dealers could not keep them in stock and were selling them for $50K plus. Found one on Long Island, NY.

jimh posted 02-25-2004 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have never been out on the water in one, but I have to confess that years ago (before I bought a classic) I used to go to boat shows and lust for a 22 Dauntless.

They have a very cool tilting down seat back design that is just excellent for the rear cockpit bench seat.

The toilet in the console does help sell the wife on the concept of all-day on the water.

However, not to throw cold salt water in your face, one of the best comments I have ever heard about picking out a new "family" boat is this: the first season of ownership everyone goes out on the boat; by the second season the kids don't want to go anymore; pretty soon no one wants to go, and it is just dad and the boat. So be careful if you buy a "family" boat when you really want an offshore deep-sea fishing machine.

duckear posted 02-26-2004 11:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for duckear  Send Email to duckear     

A little cold saltwater is good for the soul! I appreciate the advice.
Need a little more. :) sent


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