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whaler wanna be posted 07-11-2006 09:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for whaler wanna be   Send Email to whaler wanna be  
i am looking at @ buying a dauntless 16. i am trying to get a handle on how the boat has changed through the years (as i compare used boats). does anyone know offhand the big steps in evolution from say 1999 to today in the BW Dauntless 16'? thanks for the insights!
Marlin posted 07-11-2006 01:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
The 16-foot Dauntless has seen very few changes over the years. In fact, I can only think of 4:

1) From the model's inception in 1999 until early in the 2002 model year, there was a "notch" in the transom at the centerline. In a conversation with a Boston Whaler engineer in 2004, I was told that the notch was there to allow the motor to be raised higher for flats use. In various discussions on this site, the notch is commonly cited as a contributor to excess porpoising. Even without the notch, this model is prone to porpoising, and a lower unit hydrofoil is a very nice addition. See for more notch discussion.

2) Starting in the 2003 model year, two small circular vents were added to the aft side of the transom seats. The intent was to help eliminate the gasoline smell that accumulates in the bilge and center console because of the poly tank. See .

3) Sometime before 2003, the factory bimini was modified. Early production models had an aft-mounted bimini leg to support the bimini when it is furled. Later models moved the leg forward, so that the bimini is above the console. This allows the stabilizing straps that run to the console rail to stay in place when the bimini is furled. Sorry, no reference URL for this one.

4) The fuel system vent was changed sometime around the 2000 model year. Early models have a fuel tank vent integrated into the fuel filler fitting. This arrangement was sometimes difficult to fill up. Later models incorporated a seperate vent line leading to an external vent on the port topsides. Even with this change, fueling can sometimes be tempermental. I have had good success by blowing into the vent to clear the line before filling. See .

I own a 2003 with a 115 Mercury 4-stroke. I have a very high opinion of this boat. It is incredibly seaworthy for a 16-footer!


Marlin posted 07-11-2006 01:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Okay, 5 changes -- for the 2002 model year, the name (and hull graphic) changed from "Dauntless 16" to "160 Dauntless". Like I said, very few significant changes.


bspencer posted 07-11-2006 06:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for bspencer  Send Email to bspencer     
I have a 2001 notched model with a 90 hp engine. Bought the boat one year ago, took me a year to work out a few issues. But, now I love it! It is a very veratile boat for me and my family. This website will be invaluable to you! Do some searches on the models and configurations.
Yiddil posted 07-11-2006 10:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Ive been on Marlins 16 and what a seaworth and fine running boat she is...not to mention the fact that she can really get up and move out! I think last summer we put like 4-5 people on her and she still did like 40 plus MPH!!! She is a great boat and I would highly recommend her.

Marlin Loves my Nantucket, but I love his 16!!! Its mutual:) And yes Marlin, you will ride her soon:))

The other nice thing that Marlin found out was that the Forward dodger designed for the Nantucket will fit the 16 pretty nicely!! (unofficial change)

Then again, shes not so great as her Captain:))

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