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Islandguy posted 01-26-2005 12:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Islandguy   Send Email to Islandguy  
Greetings - I am looking for my first Whaler. Based on my needs and budget many have suggested I look at a used Montauk or Dauntless.

I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are not as many Whaler's for sale, at least this time of year. Currently only one Montauk for sale in the area, I have seen it, nice boat but overpriced. There are also two Dauntless's for sale a few hours drive from me. I have seen photos.

One is a 1999 14' Dauntless, with a 50hp Mercury, used as a tender, clean with very low hours, price $14,500. The other is a 1998 15' Dauntless, also very clean, with a new, (2003), 50hp Honda, price $16,000.

I have done a search but can't seem to find much information on either of these models.

Are there significant differences between the 1999 14' and 1998 15' models?

Thanks in advance for any help.

Moe posted 01-26-2005 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Some old Whaler web pages...

1999 Dauntless 14 specs:

http://web.archive.org/web/19990128154810/www.whaler.com/recreation/dauntless/dauntless.14.html

1999 Dauntless 15 specs (I assume same for 1998):

http://web.archive.org/web/19990128161616/www.whaler.com/recreation/dauntless/dauntless.15.html

Hope this helps,
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Moe

Moe posted 01-26-2005 01:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
More old Whaler web pages...

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://whaler.com

Islandguy posted 01-26-2005 01:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Islandguy  Send Email to Islandguy     
Moe - Thanks a bunch for the links. I did find the archives to see the physical differences between these models.

Does anyone have any experience with the functional or performance differences between the models?

Thank you!

Barryc posted 01-26-2005 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barryc  Send Email to Barryc     

I think you would be happy with either boat. I have a 15' 1997 Dauntless w/ a 50 Johnson and I don't think I will ever sell it- it rides great in wind and chop, I have never got wet, and it's economical to run. (And my wife and 3 little kids like it.)

The asking prices seem pretty steep for both boats you mentioned, however, Boston Whalers are almost always higher priced on the West Coast. I am a boat broker in MA and could do a little more research for you if you wish to contact me. Good luck.

Barry

Florida15 posted 01-26-2005 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
It's a shame you live on the other side of the country. I could make you a great deal on a 1996 Dauntless 15' that I will be selling purely because I don't have the time to use it.
Islandguy posted 01-26-2005 07:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Islandguy  Send Email to Islandguy     
Yeah, I am finding that living here on the "left side" of the map is more exepensive in regards to buying Whaler's. That being said, the prices quoted above are asking prices, I won't pay those.
davej14 posted 01-27-2005 01:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I have a 2000 Dauntless 14 foot with a 75 Merc 2-stroke. It is a great boat and I'm certain you would be happy with either the 14 or 15 foot. I would recommend you try them both before you decide. You may find the 14 foot to be somewhat underpowered with a 50 HP merc depending upon your expectations. It may only be 14 feet, but it is 1000# plus fuel, gear and people. FYI, I paid $11.5K last year and the boat was also in excellent condition so I think $14.5K is pretty high. I've seen a few sell for $10.5K to 12K on ebay but who knows what condition they were actually in. If you have any specific questions on the D14 let me know.
Islandguy posted 01-27-2005 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Islandguy  Send Email to Islandguy     
Davej14 - thanks for the encouraging words. My main concern about either the 14' or 15' Dauntless is less about performance, I don't need to go real fast :), and more about getting in and out of the boat.

In the summer months we will be anchoring the boat out on our mooring bouy, and getting in and out of the boat on our beach.

One of the things I like about the Montauk design for example, is the wide step on the bow, out side of the bow rail. (What I don't like about the Montauk is it probably won't fit in my very small garage, due to length).

The Dauntless models do not appear to have this feature. Do most people enter and exit the boat from shore at the rear on a Dauntless?

Thank you.

Florida15 posted 01-27-2005 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Florida15  Send Email to Florida15     
Most of the Dauntless's have a swim platform with a step at the stern. They are easy to get in and out of .
davej14 posted 01-27-2005 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
The Dauntless 14 has a rear fold down stainless ladder and grab handle. It is quite easy to get into the boat from the water. I have a bad knee and have no touble at all. From the dock we just step onto the gunnel and then into the boat amidships. There are lots of places to grab for stability.

Getting the boat into the garage was a consideration for me also. The 1999 and 2000 Dauntless did not come with a swing tongue trailer. With this relatively recent feature you could consider a larger boat, which may help in your market. Just a thought.

JohnJ80 posted 01-27-2005 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
We have a Dauntless 15 with a 75 Evinrude FICHT on the back. Love the thing - great boat on a rough body of water. Hardly ever get wet, been out in some really bad conditions - no sweat. This is a great boat and we love it!

J

JMARTIN posted 01-28-2005 05:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for JMARTIN  Send Email to JMARTIN     
Hey Islandguy, there are a couple of ads in this mornings PI for Boston Whaler 16. I think there was 17 also. Not much info but might be worth a call. I will keep my eyes open up north for you. If I see something interesting I will let you know. John

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