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frontier posted 04-08-2005 03:55 PM ET (US)   Profile for frontier   Send Email to frontier  
Why did they only make the Dauntless 14 for 2 years?
Whaletosh posted 04-08-2005 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaletosh    
This has been discussed with lots of opinions. The bottom line is it didn't sell well or else Whaler would still be producing them as they do the Dauntless 16 and 18. So, the real question is why weren't there many sold? There are lots of opinions on this but the most logical is that they were too expensive. They were not much less than a Dauntless 16 which has several advantages over the 14. The 16 has a larger gas tank, more seating and cockpit space, folding rod holders, a wider beam, and the ability to take a much bigger motor. So for not much more money at the time one could get all those advantages.

Are you considering a Dauntless 14? If you are here is what you need to ask youself:

How many people will I want to take out on a routine basis. The Dauntless 14 is really only good for two adults.

Will you want to go no more than 30-35 MPH tops, and cruse around 22-25 MPH? That is about all you'll get unles you get one with a 75 HP 2-stroke motor on it. Most D-14s came with 50 HP motors.

Will you be using the boat off shore in the Great Lakes or Ocean? If so this isn't the boat for you. While it is perfectly capable of going offshore, the ride is not going to be comfortable for long distances in Great Lakes waves or ocean chop.

Will the 25 gallon buit in tank be enough? Probably, but better be sure before you buy.

I pose all of these questions with a lot of experience. I have owned two Dauntless 14s, one of them is my current boat. It is a great boat for inland lakes and rivers and near shore use.

Whaletosh

davej14 posted 04-09-2005 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
I also have a Dauntless 14 with 75 Merc 2-stroke. It will do 41 mph with a Vengeance 18 pitch SS prop. Waletosh's comments are correct. I would like to add that the boat will handle some pretty rough conditions if you are up to it. Great Lakes near shore fishing is not off limits for me, just watch the weather.

It is a great boat if it fits your needs. Let us know if you get one or have any specific questions.

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