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|Author||Topic: Dauntless 14|
posted 02-10-2007 04:54 PM ET (US)
I am going to look at a 14' Whaler Dauntless tomorrow with a 70 hp Evinrude 4 stroke on it. Any information you can share will be greatly appreciated. It is a one owner boat, with trolling motor, bimini, and aluminum trailer. Ball park on the price would also be apreciated.
posted 02-10-2007 11:57 PM ET (US)
The 14 Dauntless is a heavy boat, 1,000-lbs. It weighs more than a classic Montauk 17, 950-lbs. I prefer the Montauk or the 1995 through 1998 DAUNTLESS 15 weighing in at 850-lbs. Same beam but longer. I beleive that 70 Evinrude is a Suzuki four-stroke, so that's a big plus. Is it priced right?
posted 02-11-2007 12:19 AM ET (US)
I have a Dauntless 14 and it is a great boat for my purposes. It was only made for two years so the one you look at will be 1999 or 2000. I have a 75 hp 2-stroke and reach 42 MPH at WOT. A four stroke 70 is going to have plenty of HP but will be pretty heavy. About the only "complaint" I have is that it is stern heavy. The scuppers are below the water line when I am in the rear of the boat. The flapper type valves are not very good for sealing out water so you will probably want to use rubber plugs or add rabuds. The built in gas tank is nice and frees up space for storage under the RPS. The deep vee makes for a smooth ride in moderate chop. After three years with the boat I wouldn't sell or trade my D14.
Depending upon condition and year you are probably going to be in the 10-12K range with trailer.
Good luck with the purchase.
posted 02-11-2007 10:55 AM ET (US)
I will probably be interested in selling the boat in the next 6 months. Based on being in good condition, do you think it will be [difficult to get] $9,000 for the boat? Your estimated price of $10-12,000 seems very high to me.
posted 02-11-2007 12:58 PM ET (US)
The age and condition of the boat and motor are the main factors that will determine value. I assume that you are also getting a trailer. What you think is "good condition" may not be the same as others. Since the D14 was only made for two years there are a limited number of resales for comparison. A google search turns up two on "usedboats.com". A 1999 with unknown merc power at $11.9 and a 2000 with a Honda 4-stroke at $12.9. These were the asking prices and both are sold.
If you decide to pass on the boat or when you are ready to resell, post it in the marketplace section. I think there was someone looking for a D14 a short time ago. If you buy it post some pics and comments.
posted 02-12-2007 10:23 PM ET (US)
Slamdancer, I'd be interested in performance numbers when/if you get the Dauntless 14. Pictures are nice too.
Here's mine: http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e336/Fishgutz/Boat%20and%20Fish/Ski1. jpg
posted 02-19-2007 05:01 PM ET (US)
IMHO $9500 is on the high side for a 14D. It had very low production numbers, so very low recognition. Except for people that are pretty devoted to BW, a 14' boat that is 7 or 8 years old is going to be a tough sell at that price.
posted 02-22-2007 06:05 PM ET (US)
That's not out of line based on what I sold my 98 Dauntless 15 for last year in the same geo area. Big difference between 14 and 15 was incorporation of built in fuel tank, which contributed to the higher weight.
posted 02-22-2007 06:08 PM ET (US)
Fishgutz, just noticed your change of address in your profile. Contact me when you get into town. There are a couple of CW posters here in greater Jax.
posted 02-22-2007 09:25 PM ET (US)
We're closing on a home in Fleming Island Plantation on Monday. Going back to Milwaukee on Tuesday. I'm retiring in May from the Milwaukee Fire Dept. Woohoo! And I'm only 50 years old. Tentatively moving permanently June 11-16.
My mom lives in the Plantation. Son will start highschool (freshman) at Fleming Island High. My brother lives in Fruit Cove and has a 17 Newport. I'd like to take a year off and then look for a job scoopin' bait a couple days a week at a marina or something. I'm sure we'll run into you sometime.
posted 03-04-2007 10:12 PM ET (US)
Yes, I will likely run into you this summer. I am right up the street at Eagle Harbor.
posted 03-09-2007 02:04 PM ET (US)
Sorry for the delay in getting back to my post.
An update on the boat. We are going to sea trial tomorrow am and if all goes well we will tow her home. I will try to past pictures.
If I decide to resell it will probably be less than I originally thought as the boat only needs a depth recorder. Will probably be looking to get what I will have in it, which will be around $8,500.
Thanks for all the advice.
posted 03-19-2007 08:01 PM ET (US)
So what happened??
posted 04-19-2007 09:48 PM ET (US)
After much thought, I passed on the 14' D be much Dauntelss and after months of looking, I purchased a 2000 13' Sport, less than a mile from home. I believe that this boat will be better suited for my 14 year old than the Dauntless.
Thanks for you input.
posted 04-20-2007 08:48 AM ET (US)
Congratulations on you new acquisition. How about letting me know where that D14 is located. I have someone that may be interested if it is still available.
posted 04-20-2007 10:17 PM ET (US)
The lady who has the boat is Alicia Smith, her email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Email me & I will send you her phone and pictures of boat. It is located in Picayune, MS and can be had for $7,000.
posted 04-25-2007 01:57 PM ET (US)
That is a little too far from Upstate NY for the person that was looking for a D14. It is an excellent buy for someone providing it hasn't been through too much trauma during the hurricanes.
posted 04-25-2007 05:44 PM ET (US)
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