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cschorer1979 posted 12-16-2005 03:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for cschorer1979   Send Email to cschorer1979  
Well, after purchasing my 1st house last month I finally decided to pull the string on my first boat. I have wanted one since I was 16 and now 10 years later I am the proud owner of a 2004 180 Dauntless. I can not be happier with my purchase! Now the only problem is waiting until April till I can launch her!

Anyone who has any comments on their dauntless or any tips I would greatly appreciate it. Happy Holidays!


Buckda posted 12-16-2005 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
Congrats Craig!

Man, two new toys in a row!! You must have been good in an earlier life. (and before 30 to boot!).

Let the cabin fever begin. Only 4 months and 15 days to go...

Jkcam posted 12-16-2005 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
start hanging out at the Plum Island surf fishing club web site and get your gear ready for some spring striper fishing. and enjoy your new house and a great boat.
macfam posted 12-16-2005 10:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for macfam  Send Email to macfam     
2006 has been "a very good year". Congrats!
Appears we're getting a tough winter early, and it makes it so hard to wait.
Be sure you order the CD from Tom W. Clark to help get through the off season.
Providnece Boat Show is LESS than a month away, and not that far a drive, then comes the "Great New England Boat Show".
We'll get through it!!
Lars Simonsen posted 12-17-2005 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
Congratulations on your new boat!

I have a 1998 18' Dauntless, and I really like it. The one complaint you'll hear about the dauntless is that it can be a harsh riding hull in choppy water. I've got trim tabs (Bennetts) on mine, and that has improved the ride tremendously. Also, with experience, you'll learn to drive the boat in a way that minimizes "slamming." The hull is very sensitive to the motor trim. If you don't trim your motor all the way down before taking off, you'll get a lot of bow rise. But trim the motor down and it jumps right on plane. I've found that piloting my dauntless is like flying a plane (not that I fly planes); for the best ride, you have to constantly adjust trim angle, and use your trim tabs. Personally, I sort of enjoy the "complexity" of it.

The hull is incredibly stable, and performs wonderfully in a following sea. It's also a very capable ocean boat (although I don't go far offshore with mine, mainly because I go through Oregon Inlet, and if conditions change, I want to be close enough to the inlet to get back in before it becomes impassable).

Large waves with longer wave periods are no problem for the boat. The boat sits very high in the water, which gives me a greater sense of safety in "big" water. It's close chop that makes the ride uncomfortable, but you just have to adjust your driving habits to those conditions.

It's a great all around boat. I use mine mainly for fishing, but we also ski, tube, swim, and cruise with it. It's a boat that you'll get a lot of comments on at the docks. As my neighbor puts it, "it's a sweet ride."

Enjoy your new boat!


gf posted 12-19-2005 09:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

I'm guessing from your other post that you did not, in fact, purchase the 2004 Dauntless.
dogface posted 12-23-2005 06:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for dogface  Send Email to dogface     
Congrads on your new toy.
tombro posted 12-23-2005 07:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for tombro  Send Email to tombro     
I have the latest Whaler sales promotion "Change is good" brochure on my desk here at work. My eyes keep casting admiring looks at that pair of Dauntless 18's moored on a sand spit. Nice boats, always liked the look of the hull. Probably very good in rough water, too. Congrats!

Before our current Ventura, we had a 150 Sport, which I modified a bit. Mostly little things, like changing the black roller on the trailer to a yellow Stoltz (sp?), adding a chartplotter, compass, more rodholders, cleats, swim ladder, SS Schmitt wheel w/ Edson power knob. Looks like you probably have most of the above as the boat is delivered.

WT posted 12-23-2005 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
cschorer1979 is probably a troll. I don't believe he ever bought the Dauntless.


deepwater posted 12-25-2005 05:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
that is a nice boat,now its your turn feed it well and keep it well,and she will bring you home safe

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