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frontier posted 10-16-2004 06:49 PM ET (US)   Profile for frontier   Send Email to frontier  
Good or bad experiences with 1994-1998 15 Dauntless with 60 2 stroke Merc?
Jkcam posted 10-16-2004 11:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
I owned a 1994 Dauntless 15 w/60hp Merc for about 5 years having bought the boat new from Baltimore Chris Craft, in Annapolis, Md.

I sold the bought to the husband of my wife's co-worker. Since about a year after I sold it to him, I have been trying to convince him that he should sell it back to me, no luck. I just took delivery of a 150 Sport w/60hp 4stroke. I've owned a number of boats since the Dauntless, Mako's, Scouts, Seastrikes but I really missed the Whaler. I found the Dauntless to be a great boat and I enjoyed it on the Cheasapeake as well as down here in Florida after my move South.

The engine was a great engine, and is still running strong after 10 yrs. The new owner keeps the boat in the garage and it looks like new. Other than a water pump and having the lights rewired it has served us both well.

I like the new 150 Sport but would prefer the small center console to the side console.

I will not make the same mistake twice, I'm keeping this one.

Good Lukc.

Fountain00 posted 10-18-2004 02:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fountain00  Send Email to Fountain00     

I have a '96 15 Dauntless with a 60hp Merc 2 stroke. I wanted a classic Montauk for 15 years and could never find one with all the features I wanted in good condition and under $15,000. When I decided to buy new they changed to the M170. I "settled" for a 15 Dauntless which has all the options listed in the '96 catalog. I've had it for a year and a half.

The bad points are that it porpoised horribly and I had absolutley no trim range. You kept it trimmed all the way in and learned to live with the porpoising. Any trim at all and it became worse. I was going to sell it but read a few posts from Johnj180 and decided to raised the motor and added a stingray fin to the cav plate. It is a new boat now. I have decided to keep it and skip the classic Montauk.

Good points: the ride is decent(now-thanks to Johnj180), very easy to trailer and launch with one person, I like the layout with center console, bench seat or rear fishing deck, swim platform, and mine has the front removable fishing seat. It fits in the garage with room to spare. It is the most versatile boat I've owned.

I've been thinking of the Dauntless 18 and if I do get one I will definitely keep the 15D for a second boat.

Florida15 posted 10-18-2004 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Apparently the key to prevent porpoising is the Stingray fin. I've read where other people say their Dauntless 15 porpoises badly but I've never had a problem. It had a fin on it when I bought it. Mine is a 1996 with a Johnson 70 on the back and the ride is smooth.
JohnJ80 posted 10-18-2004 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
The Dauntless 15 is VERY sensitive to vertical positioning of the motor on the transom and to trim angle. IMHO, there is also a lot to be gained by adding a fin. Once done with that, the Dauntless 15 is often like a brand new boat - the differences in these relatively subtle changes can be startling.

Once all that is done, the Dauntless 15 is like a far bigger boat in terms of the seakeeping abilities of the boat in chop and in severe conditions. It is the most seaworthy small boat I have owned.

Without adjusting the motor to the proper place you will be back at the dentist getting fillings reinstalled! ;-) The thing will pound through the slightest chop with a rock hard ride almost unbearable.


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