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davej14 posted 04-15-2004 01:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for davej14   Send Email to davej14  
i just purchased a 2000 14 foot dauntless with 75 2-stroke merc. i purchased the boat without a test ride because i personally know the owner and it is in like new condition. i know i should have asked for opinions first, but now i am looking for comments/suggestions (positive and negative) about this model. there is very little about the 14 foot dauntless on this site, i hope that i haven't made a mistake. eagerly awaiting spring to give it a try in new york!!
Florida15 posted 04-15-2004 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
What's the max recommended hp for that model ? I have a 15' Dauntless and the max is 75.
Ventura16 posted 04-15-2004 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Do a search for "Whaletosh". He used to post regularly about his Dauntless 14. I don't think he still has it, but as I recall, it had a Mercury 60 hp. 4 stroke on it and he was very happy with the performance.


Moe posted 04-15-2004 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here's the 1999 website page for that model (the 2000 archive has some problems):

It's beamy, and pretty heavy for a 14' boat, but oughta fly with a 75HP.


Florida15 posted 04-15-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Hey Moe, that's cool. I didn't know you could pull up the old Whaler website like that. But when I tried to do it for 1996 so I could look up my boat, it showed zero pages out there. Where did I mess up or did I ?
SteviLad posted 04-15-2004 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for SteviLad  Send Email to SteviLad     
I recently traded my 2000 14 Dauntless for a 2004 190 Nantucket.
I used the Dauntless for 3 seasons, & had a blast with it. It was powered by a 50 HP Yamaha 4 Stroke. I was able to get 32 MPH @WOT on a calm day with just myself in the boat. It was an excellent boat with one or two adults, difficult to plane with 3, & unable to get it up on plane with 4 adults. Attempts at repitching the prop, & trying a new prop yielded minimal return. The boat performed incredibly for a 14 footer, & the center console & leaning post provided comfort when it was choppy. I was easily able to pull my 12 year old on a kneeboard @ 22-25 MPH & still have some reserve power. The Fish Finder provide depth & speed info., & a handheld VHF is not a bad option since console space is limited.
Moe posted 04-15-2004 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
The archive starts in Dec 1996, which would be 1997 models. What they have is hit or miss.*/

davej14 posted 04-18-2004 04:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
thanks to everyone for your comments. ventura16's suggestion to search whaletosh gave me a wealth of information. mostly i confirmed that i made the right choice for my purposes of an easily trailered boat to use on inland lakes. i was originally looking for a 16' dauntless but the 14' will fit in the garage and was many $$ less. if it turns out to be a bit small i have my wife's approval to trade up to the 16' (although i should have gotten that one in writing).

i'll be posting some of my experience with the boat after i launch it in the spring. in the mean time if anyone has any other comments they are appreciated.

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