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|Author||Topic: Dauntless 15|
posted 01-17-2006 12:50 AM ET (US)
I see that the Dauntless 15 is much heavier than the Sport 15 and it was relatively shortlived. Why so much heavier? and why didn't it remain around? How does it perform compared to the sport, does it need more H.P.
posted 01-18-2006 09:53 PM ET (US)
I don't know about the 15' Sport, but I have a 15' Dauntless (1995) with a 1996 70 hp 2-stroke Evinrude. It's a fantastic all around boat. I usually limit the passengers to myself and one other person (usually my Dad). We take it all over e.g., Delaware River, NJ inlets, back bays and into the Atlantic Ocean on good days (but stay close to shore). It's easy to get on and off the trailer and transports just fine. It gets me to about 95% of the places I want to go for a reasonable amount of money. The boat handles terrific in rough seas. I have yet to get wet while underway. The only time water has come over the front was while we were anchored in rough water in Delaware Bay off of Port Norris this past summer.
posted 01-19-2006 08:53 PM ET (US)
Concur...took my Dauntless 15 when I lived in Philly out on D Bay via Fortescue. Driest 15 foot boat I ever have been on and that Bay is so shallow it gets real rough with any amount of wind. You also might like to try Barnegat Inlet for a change of pace and fish the jetty inlet.
posted 01-20-2006 04:37 AM ET (US)
I owned a 94 D15 with a 60Merc 2stroke. Like a jerk, I sold it to a friend, and have been trying to buy it back from him for about 7 years. I finally gave up and bought an 04 150Sport 60F. I loved the Dauntless, kick myself everytime I think about selling it, and wish I had it back.
My only complaint with the boat was the well at the stern that had a cheezy plastic cover. It was completely sealed off with no overboard drainage. It clearly was a design flaw to give some half baked access to the lower enging mounting bolts. If the boat still has the plastic cover in place, remove it, check the lower engine bolts, and leave the cover off so you can remove the water from that well on a regular basis. My boat probably had sitting water in that well for a long time. Never had a problem, and neither did my friend that bought the boat.
Great boat. Buy it.
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