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CCR3 posted 02-27-2007 04:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for CCR3   Send Email to CCR3  
I just made a deal for my 1st boat. How did I do? She is a 2004 180 Dauntless with a 135hp OPTI. She comes with with comfort package, Bimini top, raw water wash, hydra steer, smart ga, garmin 188c and icom m302. No trailer. Price was $18,000. btw, any good leads on trailers?
Treypescatorie posted 02-27-2007 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Treypescatorie  Send Email to Treypescatorie     
According to boat trader you got the boat for a steal.
Good luck
Buckda posted 02-27-2007 06:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     

You got a great boat - how could you go wrong!?

Re: trailers - inexpensive aluminum trailers are available from Continental Trailers in Florida - just be sure to modify whatever trailer you get to fit the boat appropriately.

See the reference article on this site that is all about trailer selection and outfitting for your Boston Whaler boat.

Spend a little extra to set it up correctly and it will make your overall experience much better!

Enjoy the new boat!


CCR3 posted 02-27-2007 08:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for CCR3  Send Email to CCR3     
Thanks for the information. I will use it. I was looking for a Montauk but I felt this was too good of a deal to pass up. A plus is I got it from a local Whaler dealer. The boat belong to a guy who traded for a new 220 Dauntless. He only put 70 hours on this one!
Livingwater posted 02-27-2007 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Livingwater  Send Email to Livingwater     
The Dauntless is a great boat. Looks like you got a great deal also.

The Whaler is probably still under warranty.

Congrat's...Got pictures???

Jimm posted 02-27-2007 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jimm    
Something wrong there. No, I believe what you paid for the boat; I'm wondering if this dealer is feeling the pain or sees a big market slump coming. WOW!
Kencvit posted 02-27-2007 11:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Very good price. I remember when looking at the Nantucket`s 2 years ago the Dauntless`s were more expensive and didn`t include a trailer.I think I read that that was partly because the Dauntless hull has more detail to it. Plus your getting the added electronics. Each boat has it`s nice features,I like the folding rear bench seat on the Dauntless.
The money you`ve saved can go to all the extra`s you`ll want.
CCR3 posted 02-28-2007 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for CCR3  Send Email to CCR3     
JIMM I`m with you there. When they called me about the boat I was expecting to get over there and see a Dauntless 160 and hear "oh.... did I say 180???" But it was real. I talked to the mechanic that was giving it a go over and he told me the boat will fly (he took it out at trade in). He said the motor had no wear on it and looked great. It still has a few months of warranty on it as well. I will get a few pics during sea trial.
Feejer posted 02-28-2007 02:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
WOW, I can't find an 04 Dauntless 160 for under 20K.
CCR3 posted 03-13-2007 06:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for CCR3  Send Email to CCR3     
Well the sea trial went off without any problems. The boat was as advertised. the 135 was very smooth. The smartcraft gauges are awesome. I noticed the motor was mounted all the way down. By the spray it looked a little low. They are going to move it up one hole. I still can not believe the deal i got. I just got my email from Steve at East Coast Trailer and it is ready. So the boat was $18,000 and the trailer was $1900. $19900 total! I`M A PROUD WHALER OWNER!!!!! WHOOO-HOOO!!!
Jefecinco posted 03-13-2007 07:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Great buy on a great boat. Hope to see you out on the bay one day soon. If you see a 16 Dauntless with two or three guys fishing and it has a GPS screen covering 1/2 the console that would be me.... give me a toot.


lurkynot posted 03-18-2007 12:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Let me know what dealer that was. Can you say sliding market or what. I am envious. I shopped for 2 years before I found a similar boat - no where near that price.
CCR3 posted 03-26-2007 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for CCR3  Send Email to CCR3     
It was a local Marine Max in Gulf Shores Alabama. BTW I could not be more pleased with the HI-TECH trailer I got out of Panama City. I will post pictures soon. The boat is back at the dealer to get the motor moved up a notch. It sits all the way down and I could see the "spray" from a low motor. ALSO for FYI, the local paper from Mobile Al. has a 2000 22ft Dauntless I think with an 225 OPTI for 27k asking. I can find a link if anyone is interested. I think it will be the same one I saw in Gulf Shores in front of a Jewelers business for sale. If so it was very nice and loaded out.
fisherman posted 03-27-2007 06:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for fisherman  Send Email to fisherman got a excellent deal compared to up here in the north.
The dealer in Toronto has a 2001 16' Dauntless, with 125hp Merc ( which I don't be;ieve is a 4stroke ) with bimini and trailer $22,900 cdn. Here is the site:
David1877 posted 04-03-2007 10:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
I think you did very well. I traded a 2001 Daunt 18 and 135 last year and received more than that on the trade in.
lurkynot posted 04-04-2007 04:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
No matter what anyone says there is a premium for fresh water boats, meaning they were not used primarily in saltwater. We visit South Carolina in May almost annually and several years ago I was amazed at the lower than average prices for all makers of boats in this area compared to the Great Lakes area.

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