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whalerfran posted 04-05-2004 08:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerfran  
On a local marina bulletin board, I saw advertised a 1997 15' Dauntless with a 75 hp Mercury. It had been stored indoors its entire life and forklifted in and out of the water; so it was for sale without a trailer. The owner had not used the boat for 16 months and so decided it was time to sell. The boat and motor were in perfect condition, and Larry, now hear this, the Mercury started on the first turn of the key after all that time. Of course, we did not even try it with the old battery but installed a new one first. The engine surged a little at mid-throttle and above, but a little varnish is to be expected. The boat has an impressive ride for a 15-footer, so impressive, in fact, that I had to buy it on the spot. After we returned to the marina, I sprayed off the dust (thank goodness for propane as opposed to diesel forklifts) and the hull looked like new. After having the carburetor rebuilt and purchasing a trailer, I will have a boat to enjoy without having to bring along a crew to help. The marina bulletin board was the only place the seller advertised; so I was fortunate to have found it.
Moe posted 04-05-2004 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Congratulations, Fran. Sounds like you picked a winner.

Do a search here on JohnJ80 and you can find his experiences with the Dauntless 15.

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Moe

JohnJ80 posted 04-06-2004 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Congratulations Whalerfran, Great boat that you will really enjoy. I was, and am still, equally impressed with my Dauntless 15 after 3 years of heavy use.

If I can help you in any way, let me know.

J

whalerfran posted 04-06-2004 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerfran    
Moe, Thanks for referring me to J.

J, Thanks for your offer of help. I have read your posts on the boat and already have in mind adding a Pate fuel tank, a fuel-water separator, and the aftermarket scuppers. Fran

Florida15 posted 04-08-2004 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Congratulations. I just bought a 1996 Dauntless 15' with a 70 Johnson on it. Believe it or not, I've owned it a month and have not been out in it besides the test ride so I can't give you any input. It sure looks good sitting in my garage though. :)
Captain Billy posted 04-08-2004 03:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Captain Billy  Send Email to Captain Billy     
Congratulations, you are gonna love that boat.
We have a 1998 15 Dauntless with a 60 Yammie. We have put about 300 hrs on her since 2001.
On two different occasions my wife and I took a week to cruise on the ICW with some other folks and the boat has always preformed flawlessly.
Billy
whalerfran posted 05-02-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerfran    
Had the carbs rebuilt and finally had a chance to take the boat for a long ride today. It is remarkable how well this 15' boat can handle chop. I have owned two Montauks, and I think this model actually has a better ride in rougher water. What also surprised me was the speed of the boat with the 75 hp Merc. While I do not trust the accuracy of the speedometer, it registered 47 mph. Whatever the actual speed, the boat is certainly fast. Watch out, Donzi owners. I also appreciated the comfortable helm position, now that I am at 29 and holding for some years. There is no need to stand at any speed, at least when the water is not rough. In short, I am extremely pleased with this model and recommend it to anyone looking for a boat this size.
davej14 posted 05-03-2004 12:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
Congratulations on an excellent find. Can you tel me what you have for a prop and the WOT rpm you are getting?
JohnJ80 posted 05-03-2004 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
congrats on your new boat! I too have a D15 and really think it is a great boat and very seaworthy.

47mph is a little fast. I get 42mph by the GPS on my Evinrude 75HP FICHT and a Stiletto 13x15 SS prop. If I look at my speedo (pitot tube type) it reads scary high. My fish finder with its little paddle wheel also reads high.

With 75HP, the thing basically goes faster than I am interesting in going in all but flat water.

j

whalerfran posted 05-03-2004 08:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerfran    
davej14-I don't know what size the prop is. It is the original aluminum prop that came with the rig. I'll take a look and let you know. WOT was 5250 rpm.

JohnJ80-I agree that WOT is uncomfortably fast except in the calmest water. The boat moved smartly and the engine harmonics sounded just right at 4000 rpm.

radiokid posted 05-12-2004 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for radiokid  Send Email to radiokid     
Congrats the 15 is a nifty little rig that I have enjoyed for 7 years now. I found a huge gas tank (a moeller I think) in Overtons that just b-a-r-e-l-y fits under the reversable pilot seat that holds 20 gals of fuel. I have 60 rude 2stroke that hits almost 35mph with 1 person aboard. I would like to repower with a honda 50 4 stroke because the boat does not need anymore weight in the stern and 30 mph is plenty fast for me. The whale tail helps alot and at level trim I porpoise a little with a passenger on the cooler seat. But for chop I tuck it all the way in with a passenger forward and slice that chop to bits. Absolutely o problems with this boat and since it fits in the garage its spotless. Im gonna keep this one.

Al

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