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merc125 posted 03-02-2004 04:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for merc125   Send Email to merc125  
I'm looking for feeback from owners of the dual console model, there's one in the local paper that looks interesting, I may get to see it on the weekend. MartyD
PDM posted 03-04-2004 08:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
I have a 97 Dauntless 20 with an Evinrude Oceanpro 175. It is used quite a bit in the protected waters off Chatham, Cape Cod and close offshore fishing trips (less than 5 miles). Very comfortable boat with tons of seating.

It is a great family boat and serviceable as a fishing platform. The walk-thru windshiel gives easy access to the front and two people can easily fish at the same time with out getting in each other's way.

The one drawback is that as a dual console the helm is slightly more forward than a cc and therefore the ride is rougher. Also if you like to stand while you are driving the helm seat doesn't slide back far enough to comfortably stand back from the helm while underway so you either sit, which is tough while negotiating rough water, or you stand with the helm seat resting uncomfortably on the backs of your legs.

The boat is also very trailerable. I have a 98 Ford Explorere which pulls it with ease.

BW stopped making the Dauntless 20 but the hull is still used for the CPD's Justice line.

merc125 posted 03-04-2004 03:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for merc125  Send Email to merc125     
Thanks, what prop? speed? Martyd
PDM posted 03-04-2004 04:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
I don't know the specs on the prop but it looks to be standard issue aluminum and I can get it going around 42 MPH (per GPS) WOT.

merc125 posted 03-04-2004 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for merc125  Send Email to merc125     
Deposit placed subject to sea trial, we may be able to close the deal sunday, has your anchor hatch cracked near the hinge? Boat apears to be in excellent condition ,98 Evinrude 175, Mills canvas,and galvanized trailer. I hope to make a few trips outside, but most use will be in Barnegat Bay. MartyD
PDM posted 03-05-2004 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for PDM    
There are no cracks in the anchor hatch although I did have to replace the gas filled do-hicky that keeps the hatch open or closed and the plastic catch that keeps the hatch from flying open when you are driving down the highway.

What color is the Mills canvas? Any extra goodies on the boat such as radio, or depth finder? I am thinking of installing some electronic gizmos but I have a fear of drilling holes in the gel coat.

merc125 posted 03-05-2004 05:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for merc125  Send Email to merc125     
Dark blue Mills,some type of depth finder drilled into dash, transducer screwed into transom on right.some type of paddle wheel screwed into transom on left. I'm paranoid about water intrusion, and the boat will kept in the water, so I'll probably remove them and seal all the holes. I normally only use a handheld vhf/gps. This is my first non-project boat. MartyD

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