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DeepSouthWhaler posted 02-11-2005 06:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for DeepSouthWhaler  
I am looking at a 18 Dauntless. The boat is in mint condition.
Does anyone on this forum have a Dauntless from a few years ago? I noticed that the specs on the boat (length and width) are different than the 2005 model. Was the 98/99 hull design a good one? Any issues with this hull?
lakeman posted 02-12-2005 07:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I have a 2000 Dauntless 18 with a 135 Opti. I have found no major problems with the boat, however the pocket in transom makes it harder to plane, not a hugh problem but a fin for the cavatation plate helps and I will follow others on this forum and put trim tabs on the boat. I should have said this earlier it tends to porpose and trim range is small. The tabs help the problem. I have had mine 20+ miles off shore, however the ride in can be good or bad depending on the waves, frequency not height, in a following sea, assuming you pick your days. The boat is very dry and handles a 2+ chop very well.
dauntlass 18 posted 02-12-2005 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
I had a 1998 Dauntless 18 ft. with the pocket hull and 150 hp Optimax. I installed a Dole Fin on the Optimax to lower the speed at which the hull would start to plane.I did not have trim tabs or feel the need for them.The boat was a ten for the two years I owned it.I would also ck out the 18&21 ft Outrage of the same year.
DeepSouthWhaler posted 02-12-2005 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeepSouthWhaler    
Thanks for the replies. How were the trailer bunks and/or rollers setup underneath the hull? I want to make sure this trailer is setup correctly. The boat was purchased as a package in 1999 from a local Whaler dealer so I'm sure its fine.

Also, the purchase price will be $20,000 assuming the engine checks out. According to the owner, the rig has less than 100hrs on it. The boat has the fishing package, bimini top and rear storage box. It also has a 24 volt trolling motor and some electronics. Does this price seem about right? The original asking price was $25,500.

dauntlass 18 posted 02-12-2005 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
My Dauntless was on a single axle trailer with six foot long bunks at the stern and one double roller under the keel near the bow. At the stern it also had a double roller but the weight was half&half on that roller and the bunks.My Conquest is on a dual axel trailer set up the same way as the one for the Dauntless.My Dauntless trailer did not have brakes and was just fine.Some states require brakes something to think about when buying boat&trailer.Also yellow "Stoltz" rollers are more durable than the black rubber rollers.
DeepSouthWhaler posted 02-13-2005 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeepSouthWhaler    
Thanks. I am somewhat concerned on the layout of the trailer. It has a large bunk (probably 6 feet long) running on each side of the first chine on the bottom. This is well above the keel. The only support on the keel is near the bow where there is a double roller. The rest of the keel has no direct support. If I buy this rig I would add support near the stern. I am wondering if this in not the right layout and if it may of damaged the boat in some way.
Lars Simonsen posted 02-13-2005 08:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I have a 1998 Dauntless with a 135 optimax. As lakeman said, the pocket makes it seem stern heavy, and slow to plane. I solved that with trim tabs, and would highly recommend them to anyone with a Dauntless.

My trailer is set up with keel rollers and two bunks about 3 feet long each. The weight is carried by the keel, with the bunks just stablizing the hull.

The boat rides very high in the water, which is nice. It can be a rough ride in chop, but again, the trim tabs help with with that as well. It's fine in big waves. I've had mine out in the ocean (Outer Banks, Oregon Inlet) in some pretty bad seas, and the boat performed beautifully.

It's very stable and very dry. I like the boat a lot. There are days when I wish it had a deeper V, but every boat is a compromise . . .


DeepSouthWhaler posted 02-15-2005 06:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for DeepSouthWhaler    
Thanks for all of the information. It looks like I will purchase this boat. I received the data back from the Mercury mechanic. They connected to the optimax's computer and everything checked out fine. The motor only has 37 hours on it. Compression was great. I will probably be posting many more times in the future to see what is the optimum engine mounting height, prop and so on. Thanks again for the info. Now I have to sell the Montauk.
SantaMonicaWhaler posted 02-17-2005 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for SantaMonicaWhaler  Send Email to SantaMonicaWhaler     
I have a 1999 18' Dauntless with a 135hp Optimax. As with others, I have to agree that this is a great boat/motor combination. While it does ride rough in 3+ seas, it is a very stable boat and capable fishing platform. The price also seems fair, especially in light of the low hours of the engine. Good luck.

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