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David Mc posted 04-16-2004 11:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for David Mc   Send Email to David Mc  
Johnj80, et al, your posts are great! Have a deposit on a '96 15' Dauntless with a 2 stroke 70 Johnson, with a brand new power head. Price is under 8k. The boat will be trailered extensively, as I play racer-chaser to my son who races an Optimist up and down the eastern seabord. It also has to do double duty in getting him from our home to the YC during the week. He is 13. I was drawn to the boat because of its 1) size, relative to my son's age; 2) trailerabilty; 3) simplicity/self draining cockpit, i.e, no need for the battery killer; 4) Whaler resale. I can spend more, but cannot find a better boat alternative. When I go out to play support boat, can you put 3 adults in the boat for the day?

John, you just this an ok engine? Any quirks? Would it scare you that it has a new head? I need to get many years out of it.

Sounds like it needs: 1) new scuppers; 2) fins; 3) Pate tank. Anything else? I have seen pictures with a bench in the back, and/or, back seats with back rests? Can you still get these parts?

The boat will be launched alot via hoist; any figures on the length of the bridles so it doesn't damamge the windshield?

While it is at the yard, should I have them move the motor up or down?

Thanks, from one blue water sailor to the other.

David Mc

JohnJ80 posted 04-18-2004 05:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Hi David,

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wetdogsoup posted 04-19-2004 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for wetdogsoup  Send Email to wetdogsoup     

Trim tabs really made the difference on my 15 D w/ 60 hp 2s. Skipped the intermediate step of adding a fin and just dove right into the Lenco Tabs install. Very little bowrise on takeoff and no more porpoising!


JohnJ80 posted 04-21-2004 10:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I havd them on my Dauntless 15 too. I really like what that add to ride quality in choppy conditions. I was skeptical, but a believer now. I added the Lenco 12x9s - I liked the easy installation and what appears to be (to me) beefier metal actuators.


jimh posted 04-22-2004 12:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It seems incomprehensible that a 15-foot boat would require installation of trim tabs to obtain satisfactory performance. Any problems in lateral trim could easily be accomplished by a slight shifting of crew position.
JohnJ80 posted 04-26-2004 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Jim, you don't need to add the tabs, but if you boat in choppy waters - like lots of boat wakes - they can make a big difference in ride and comfort. This is my reason for adding them and they do make a huge difference. It is like adding another 5' on the front of my 15' boat. That increases the days I can use the boat and the enjoyment I get out of using it without pounding my kidneys and fillings loose.

You also get rid of any porpoising whatsoever, increase your trim range dramatically and help your hole shot all as side benefits.

'Sides that, its usually just me in the boat - not much crew to move around!


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