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bdille posted 02-04-2005 01:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for bdille   Send Email to bdille  
I had previously solicited opinions regarding the 17 Dauntless and over the weekend looked at a 16 Ventura. The Dauntless 17 is out of town so I have not yet seen it (or any Dauntless 17 for that matter) but thought the Ventura 16 was too small and "sport boatish" for what I'm looking for. Can anyone who has seen or been on these two boats give me their input on their differences? Is the 17 Dauntless just a foot bigger than the 16 Ventura or is the Dauntless 17 a "beefier" boat?

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!


Whaletosh posted 02-05-2005 11:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
I believe the 17 Dauntless was built on the Outrage 17 hull of the same vintage. Might make for a better ride than the ventura 16.
Sal A posted 02-06-2005 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I can only speak about the 2003 Ventura 160 that I ran with a Mercury 90 two stroke motor. I kept her for one season.

Pros: I actually liked the looks of the boat. Very quick boat too. Kind of like having a Crownline bow-rider that is more seaworthy, and can handle fish guts. The seating was great: 2 dual console seats, 2 seats immediately in front of the windshield (very high quality windshield by the way), 2 stern corner seats, and a cushioned bow area. The bimini on the boat was great too. The profile of the 160 Ventura, and the way it looks in general, are much more pleasing to my eye than the larger Venturas. I think it is a GREAT boat, and if I were to be a 2-boat-kind-of-guy, it would definitely still be in the family (with the addition of trim tabs and a skipole).

Cons: Very wet boat. In any chop there was not a dry seat on the vessel. I routinely had to stop to just clear the water off my eyeglasses. It rides bow high and loves to porpoise; any owner of this boat will tell you trim tabs would help immensely, despite the boat only being 16 feet and change. I did not like having to tell my son sitting on the windshield starboard seat to always put his head down to let me see when we came out of the hole. But I think that is just my preferences evolving to a center console helm position.
The other thing I didn't like was the low freeboard (I hope this is the right term); I have small kids and I prefer higher gunwales (sp? gunnels?).

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