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jmaples posted 05-08-2004 12:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for jmaples   Send Email to jmaples  
I'm looking at buying a 1996 20' Dauntless with less than 50 hours on a Johnson 175.

What are the pros and cons of it?


Nushlie posted 05-08-2004 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nushlie  Send Email to Nushlie     
Dear Sir:

The Johnson motor is probably a plus when compared to a Mercury. 50 hours is nothing; at the right price sounds like a real winner.

Good luck with the purchase.


jimh posted 05-08-2004 10:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Yeah, those Johnson outboards in 1996 were so good the parent company OMC went bankrupt. You have to love generalizations.
20dauntless posted 05-08-2004 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for 20dauntless    
I have a '96 20 dauntless. Great boat. I have a 200hp Yamaha 2 stroke and a 9.9 Yamaha fours stroke kicker and find the boat is a little low in the stern. The 175 should be fine as long as you don't have more than 8 people on the boat or a lot of gear. Great boat for the family and you will like it.
Nushlie posted 05-09-2004 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Nushlie  Send Email to Nushlie     

I certainly did not intend to offend anybody with my earlier post regarding Johnson and Mercury motors. From everything I have read on this site over the past three years I just thought Johnson motors were held in higher regard than were Mercury motors.

For the record we will be getting a Mercury on our new Whaler.


Lars Simonsen posted 05-09-2004 09:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I'm not so sure that hours that low on an outboard is a positive thing. 50 hours equals about 6 hours a year on that motor (probably most of those hours were put on in the first year of ownership, meaning it has sat for long periods of time unused). Two strokes don't take well to sitting unused for years. I would go over the motor with a fine tooth comb.


Buckda posted 05-09-2004 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Don't sweat the low hours....just be sure to start with fresh gasoline...I'd pull the spark plugs and spray a little fogging oil directly into the cylinders before turning it over and then just let her rip.

Sitting that long, she may need to have the carbs rebuilt...other than that you should be fine.


Chesapeake posted 05-11-2004 10:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Buckda: Thought I remembered that you had recently sold your Whaler with the hopes of finding a nice Dougherty Outrage ... or am I imagining things? Was is it a Dauntless? Hope all is well up in Wisconsin. Since Jack (whalerdude) and I both sold our whalers, I am feeling the sting of needing a new one badly. A 2003 Dauntless might be the right boat although the Dougherty hull is still so cool.


merc125 posted 05-13-2004 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for merc125  Send Email to merc125     
I purchased that same combo early in March of this year, not many hours on it yet but very pleased with performance, and quality. Just over 40mph 5400rpm 17p stainless SST prop. Don't worry about that engine, have the carbs dissasembled to make sure the jets aren't gummed from stale gas. Those carb v6 2 strokes made omc so much money, they became the target of corporate raiders who ran them into the red. Those motors may be noisy and smoke alot, but they love to run. email me if you want more details or purchase price. MartyD

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