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lakeman posted 08-06-2004 08:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for lakeman   Send Email to lakeman  
I have already read all the Nantucket stuff. I bought a 18 Dauntless a year ago and have found it is a great bay boat but when offshore, it is a boat for younger men, at least when running out and sometimes in.
I have found a new 03 Nantucket for a very reasonable price with a 135 opti on it. My question for you Nantucket owners or some one with Dauntless/Nantucket experience.
In your opinnion, is the ride of the Nantucket that much better than the Dauntless to warrant the change?

I fish offshore on rare ocassions but when I want to go I do not like to be beat up in 2-3 seas or a channel chop.
I do not want a Outrage, and I want to stay 150 Hp or under.

Dauntless18 posted 08-06-2004 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless18    
I, too, am very interested in anyone's opinion who has had the opportunity to try both.


erik selis posted 08-06-2004 09:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
There have been a couple of discussions recently about this topic.

Here are some links:

I have been out on both and I find both boats great when powered with the right engine. IMO both boats run well with min 135-hp on the transom.

I also think the 18 Dauntless is more of a family boat and the 190 Nantucket is more a fishing boat although both can be used for each purpose.

Both consoles are very nice but I think the seat on the 18 Dauntless should be raised a bit.


prxmid posted 08-07-2004 09:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for prxmid  Send Email to prxmid     
I have ridden on the Nantucket and the 16 Dauntless extensively, I own an 18 Outrage which is similar to the Nantucket.

IMO, while the ride would improve, it's hardly worth the effort to go through the hassle and expense of trading up for such a small difference.

On good days you won't notice any difference. If you're going to trade up--do it in feet not inches

Whalerider posted 08-07-2004 11:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerider  Send Email to Whalerider     
I own a Nantucket, have been in an 18 Dauntless a few times.
I can’t tell much difference really. While the hull's are slightly different, it's more a matter of the interior layout. Need a better ride...try a 22 DAUNTLE$$ or...forgive me whalers...a Grady White has a GREAT ride.


P.S. If you don’t have them....trim tabs will improve the ride ALOT. I added them to my Nantucket and it made a significant improvement.

lakeman posted 08-07-2004 05:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
The answer to my question seems to be that the ride will not improve much and may not be worth the sell/trade hassle. I had hoped to find a 20 and under boat that would give a better ride in 2-3 seas and channel chop. I have heard the 18 Grady does a great job as a comprimise boat. However, I like my whaler and most fishing will be done near shore or in a bay, I probably will stay with the Dauntless unless some one has to have my boat, I think I will advertise it just to see if some one can bare the price.

Thanks for the info

fno posted 08-08-2004 10:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Go with the tabs. they will make a world of difference in ride quality. Got to keep the bow of a Dauntless in the water to get a good ride in chop. I had a 16 that rode bow high until I put a Doel Fin on it and while it wasn't tabs it helped tremendously.
Lars Simonsen posted 08-12-2004 07:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     

If you're going to keep the boat a little longer, I would highly recommend that you give trim tabs a try. They do make a very large difference in the ride of the hull. It's about a $400 investment if you install them yourself, and if it convinces you to keep the boat for another year or two, it's well worth the money.

Now that I've got them on my boat, the boat doesn't "slam" the way it used to. While my next boat will have a deeper V hull (and three to five extra feet in length), I grow more satisfied with the Dauntless the more I take it out.


lurkynot posted 08-13-2004 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Dido the trim tabs. I have an 01' 18 Dauntless and added tabs this year. I'd put them on a jon boat. They will make your ride into a stiff chop much more palatable. The chop hits the hull much earlier and more forward in the boat rather than under the helm position. It was well worth the investment.

If you have the money for extra gas and do not demand a boat that is more utility than ride specific buy bigger. All boats bounce some less than others.

I have been on many and the faster you go the more you will bounce.


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