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Tedm posted 02-05-2006 03:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for Tedm   Send Email to Tedm  
Hi from the UK.
Just a quick intro, my name is Ted and I live in the NW of England. I love to sail, fish, windsurf and just about anyhting else I can when over at my family holiday house in Wales (
We currently have a Chaparral 2335 cuddy that we've had for about 7 years. The last couple of years have been pretty expensive in terms of storage as it's too big for us to trail ourselves and so is kept ashore at a marina full time and launched when required. Servicing has also been expensive culminating in a new Bravo 3 outdrive being fitted last summer even though the old one had only done 300 hours work.
End result is that we are selling the Chapparal and are going to replace it with a slightly smaller boat that I can tow with my SUV and take home for undercover winter storage.

I spent 6 months in Newport, RI back in 1985 and have very good memories of time spent in a BW. So I've decided that our next boat will be a used whaler. Now we don't have a lot of choice over here, and prices are reassuringly expensive, but I'm currently trying to decide between getting an Outrage 19 or a Dauntless 18. Both will have been made in the early to mid 90's to fit into my budget.

My intended useage is really a general fun family boat with good storage and seating that my wife, me and our three small girls can use for beach hopping, swimming, a bit of fishing and water skiing.
Rough weather useage is not planned, BUT the boat will spend about 6-8 continuous weeks a year being kept on a mooring, so it would need to cope easily with that.
What are the issues associated with outboards being kept in the water this long (even when tilted up)?
What should I expect from say a 150hp engine that's 14 years old.............anything?

I'd really appreciate all your input so I can make a better informed decision.

Tedm posted 02-05-2006 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tedm  Send Email to Tedm     
Just thought I ought to add that the mooring where the boat will be kept over the summer are about 300 yards off the beach and not entirely sheltered. You can see a pic of them here:

Our Chapparal is here:
but that's my brother driving and it's not always that lumpy!


davej14 posted 02-06-2006 02:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
You may find the following post of interest:

If you search this site for "import" there may be other helpful information as well.

For all around family use I think you would be happiest with the Dauntless 18. Just my opinion.

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