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louielouie posted 08-14-2006 03:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for louielouie   Send Email to louielouie  
I am thinking of buying a 170 Montauk. Then I started looking at the 160 Dauntless specs. I am getting confused. I started looking at the 160 Montauk. So which boat is the best choice for general fishing, maybe a little offshore, mostly in the river, no waterskiing? The Dauntless has more room, an integral 45gal gas tank and can take a 115hp engine. But it costs more. What is the general concensus?
louielouie posted 08-14-2006 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for louielouie  Send Email to louielouie     
I meant to say I began by looking at the 150 Montouk, not a 160, which I don't think exists.
Marlin posted 08-14-2006 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
I don't think you'll find that a general consensus exists. There are several 160 Dauntless owners that frequent that site, myself being one of them, and they generally love their boats. There are many, many more 170 Montauk owners here, and they love their boats too. If you search using the keywords "montauk dauntless" you'll get several years worth of posts that will give you an hour or more of reading, so I won't rehash it all here. Suffice to say that you can't go wrong either way, they're both very nice small boats. At list prices the Dauntless probably isn't competitive, but if you can get the price with a 115 down to within a few thousand of the Montauk, economically it's an even split.

Good luck!


David1877 posted 08-17-2006 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
The Dauntless has a self bailing hull. I do not believe that is standard on the older Mauntauk. If you plan to keep teh boat in the water, this may be a consideration.

I owned a Dauntless 13 and a dauntless 18. Both are very stable and great for fishing. Offshore performance is not great, but ok. Classic Mauntauk hull may be similar performance.

Bow rail on the Daunt 18 made fishing from the bow challenging.

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