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Chris posted 05-10-2007 05:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for Chris   Send Email to Chris  
I have an opportunity to purchase a Dauntless 15 circa 1995 without power. I am wondering what is best for all around power. The boat will be used primarily for fishing with no more than 3 adults. I think that I would prefer a 2 stroke because of the lighter weight. I hear that these boats are prone to porposing and water infiltration from scuppers when overweighted in stern. Any thoughts, opinions or personal experiences are appreciated.
frontier posted 05-10-2007 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for frontier  Send Email to frontier     
I'd go with a 70 Yamaha 2-Stroke. Lightweight (228#) and lots of power. We had a 15 Dauntless with a Mercury 75. Too heavy (305#), noisy and it was a gas hog.
Mambo Minnow posted 05-11-2007 04:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow    
A fellow forum member purchased my 1998 D15. He repowered with the E-tec 75HP. That's the "maximum rated" HP for the boat. I had the BW "recommended" HP of 60 HP with a Mercury 60 2 stroke ELPTO that weighed 305 lbs.

That E-tec is the ideal combo of power while minimizing weight. You'd likely be limited to a 40HP four stroke due to transom weight concerns.

witsendfl posted 05-14-2007 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for witsendfl  Send Email to witsendfl     
I have had a 98 15 Dauntless w/ a 70 HP Yamaha and also a 1996 15 Dauntless with a 60 HP Merc. GO WITH ALL THE POWER YOU CAN GET. Max out the HP.

Both hulls where the same. Both motors worked ok.
I liked the Yamaha better.


Jim K

thediscusthrower posted 05-15-2007 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for thediscusthrower  Send Email to thediscusthrower     
I have a 1995 15' Dauntless with a 1996 Evinrude 70 hp motor. The engine works just fine on this boat. By myself (260 lbs.), I had it up to 38mph on the Cape May Canal with a tad bit left in the throttle.

They do porpoise, so last season, I put a Stingray hydrofoil on the motor and my Dad (who sits up towards the bow on the cooler seat) says it rides better now, than without the hydrofoil.

If I was to buy one without power, I would put a 75hp E-TEC on it.


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