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Is a 13 Dauntless bigger than a 13 Classic?
|Author||Topic: Is a 13 Dauntless bigger than a 13 Classic?|
posted 08-10-2004 12:28 AM ET (US)
I've been Whaler shopping on the internet and have been considering 13' hulls due to a length restriction on the lake here at the house. I want to use the boat for other areas though, and when I noticed the Dauntless 13 I thought it looked more seaworthy than the classic 13.
However, the chart on this site that gives dimensions shows the same OAL and beam for both boats. I would have thought the Dauntless beamier and with more freeboard, but I may be mistaken in this (all I've seen are pictures of a Dauntless).
If someone could help me clear this up I would appreciate it.
posted 08-10-2004 09:57 AM ET (US)
The Dauntless is a deeper V hull and has more freeboard than the classic. It is also heavier and has a higher outboard rating.
posted 08-10-2004 03:58 PM ET (US)
I have a 99 D14 with a 75Merc (D14 only made 99 and 2000). Very seaworthy and super smooth ride. I'd go for the Dauntless. Also a center console is nicer to drive.
posted 08-11-2004 10:39 PM ET (US)
Alright guys, thanks, that helps.
posted 08-12-2004 10:08 AM ET (US)
The Dauntless 13 is 9 inches longer and a foot wider than the Classic 13 if I recall.
posted 08-12-2004 10:24 AM ET (US)
Rob, will your length restriction allow for a 14' boat? If so, the 14' Dauntless would be a better choice, as the center console and reversible pilot seat were better designed for standup driving than the Dauntless 13'.
posted 08-12-2004 11:45 AM ET (US)
I have owned both. I would recommend the Dauntless 14 of the Dauntless 13 hands down. Wider, deeper, better ride, better RPS, bigger and better console, and a built in cockpit. The D14 is quite a bit heavier.
posted 08-12-2004 11:46 AM ET (US)
should have read "built in gas tank"
posted 08-12-2004 10:46 PM ET (US)
OK, so it is bigger it seems. Sounds good. The 14 sounds even better, would meet the lake restrictions, but from the manufacturing dates given above, I fear the wallet restrictions will be put into play. I appreciate the input guys, I wouldn't ask normally, but I haven't seen one close to home where I could put my hot little hands on it and see for myself.
posted 08-13-2004 09:23 AM ET (US)
Built in gas tank ? On a small Dauntless ? My 15' has the gas tank under the RPS but it's not built in.
posted 08-13-2004 11:48 AM ET (US)
Yes, the Dauntless 14 has a 25 Gallon tank built in under the floor panel. It is just like, but smaller than the Dauntless 16/18/22. The RPS is the same as on the Dauntless 16 and can be used for storage. I believe it also could have a live well installed as an option.
posted 08-13-2004 09:07 PM ET (US)
Well I'll be. I didn't know that. I wonder why they skipped a built-in on the Dauntless 15 ? Not that I would want one but I would like to know.
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