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Casco Bay Outrage posted 06-18-2006 07:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for Casco Bay Outrage   Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage  
The Piscat River group outing on Saturday included a hosted lunch and rides on a 150 Montauk and a 180 Dauntless (with smartcraft and a 150 Verado) thanks to York Harbor Marine. I thought my impressions might help some of you. Remember, these are just my observations.

Note - I am a classic whaler person having owned a 1987 Montauk and now run a 1991 Outrage 17. I have not spent much time on the post classic boats.

Here are my impressions after crawling around and piloting both boats.

150 Montauk - w/ new Merc 60 hp 4 stroke.

Boat had two people, lightly loaded, light chop with boat wakes, 10 mph wind.

I was impressed with the space given its' size. By moving the console forward, the stern feels very open. The lack of splashwell (as seen on the classics) helped this feeling. I really liked the space. The fit and finish were good. The wiring was nicely organized as the photos posted here have shown. Really liked the roomy feeling.

In terms of manners, the ride was very good, better than I expected for 15'. I deliberatly crossed wakes and tested her manners. Don't be fooled by the size.

The engine performed well and she flys along very briskly. While a four stroke, not as quiet and smooth as I expected. The shifter was a big disapointment.

At 6'2, the console is way to low. Tilt steering would help alot. Including just a tach is a negative in my mind.

Overall, I was very impressed.

180 Dauntless - 150 Verado

Boat had two people, full tank, light chop on swells, boat wakes and 10 mph wind.

While I have lounged on a 180 on Lake Winnipisaukee, poking around and piloting was a major education.

For a family boat, this has a lot going for it. Space, seating, tilt steering. I found the ride and manners pretty good.

As for the Verado, WOW! Reading about it being quite and observing it are totally different. This just purrs. The shifter and smart craft are very nice, smooth as silk. Performance is impressive and that supercharger makes the hammer down (slow troll to WOT) a gut renching, hold on for dear life experience. Even mid range speed to 4/5 power was fast.

I would have a hard time not electing the Verado if given the choice. While the option is expensive, it is not a baby step increase but a whole different world.

Just my observations.

sosmerc posted 06-19-2006 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for sosmerc  Send Email to sosmerc     
I appreciate your observations. Now we will need a similar test of that 18 with one of the "next generation" Optimax 150's on it!!
bosco posted 06-19-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for bosco  Send Email to bosco     
Casco Bay Outrage, do you happen to have any pics of the 180 Dauntless? The more I consider my options, the more I'm leaning towards this boat for cruising and all around water usage (skiing, fishing, etc).

Most of the dealerships around me don't have any in stock so I haven't had a chance to get a good close up yet.

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