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sconthecape posted 06-28-2007 01:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for sconthecape   Send Email to sconthecape  
Any feedback on this boat? Good or bad. How does it handle the ocean/chop?


Sal A posted 06-29-2007 06:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I had a 160 Ventura, and it was a fun bay boay. It does porpoise. If your needs are more for fishing, cruising, and occasional jaunt into the ocean, I'd go Montauk. If you want a fun lake/bay boat for pulling tubers, and don't mind getting wet, then the Ventura is your boat.

Many say it is silly to put trim tabs on a small (16') boat. Those who say that did not have a 16 foot Ventura.

sconthecape posted 06-29-2007 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for sconthecape  Send Email to sconthecape     
Thanks - what year did you own - I am looking at a 2001
sconthecape posted 06-29-2007 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for sconthecape  Send Email to sconthecape     
One more question - what does it mean for a boat to porpoise? Will I notice this in a sea trial? - Clearly I'm not an old salt!
I have owned 2 whalers 13 & 15 sports
RLSmith posted 06-29-2007 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for RLSmith  Send Email to RLSmith     
I have a 2000 16' Dauntless, which is the center console layout of same hull. As Sal stated this is a great bay boat. I personally would want a longer boat to venture into the ocean except on very calm days. However I would prefer this boat over other boats of similar size. The boat is wide for its length (stable) and very sturdy. If you keep the bow down it will do a pretty good job in rough water. If you don't keep the bow down it will slam you around and sometimes porpoise. If you keep the bow planted and are making good speed through quartering swells you will have a stable ride but get wet.

I also have trim tabs and find them very helpful to keep the bow down when it gets rough. If you go in rough water frequently you will definitely want tabs.

I have never piloted a Ventura. If you must remain seated that might be a problem in the ocean.

RLSmith posted 06-29-2007 12:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for RLSmith  Send Email to RLSmith     
Extracted from :

Porpoise: to move forward with a rising and falling motion in the manner of a porpoise

Jefecinco posted 06-30-2007 10:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Tabs on a 16 Dauntless/Ventura transom .... sounds good.

I assume the tabs are Lencos. I can't imagine finding space for Bennett's(sp?) tank/pump under the aft seats on the small shelves but guess it could be done. Probably easier if you don't have an oil tank down there, like mine.

Considering tie down straps, transducer for the sounder and one for the speed log on the other side the bottom of that transom on my boat would be very crowded. Matter of fact I'm not sure I could do it with out some rearranging of xducers and perhaps tie down spots on the trailer.

It sounds like a challenging project for next February which is the only month that is cold enough down here in LA to keep me off the water.

So, how did you do it?


RLSmith posted 06-30-2007 12:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for RLSmith  Send Email to RLSmith     
I have Bennett M80 tabs. My Suzuki outboard has an internal oil tank so I don't have that taking up space. But there is lots of room in the bilge. The hydraulic pump/tank is mounted on the interior of the transom at the bottom center, just opposite the motor mounts, accessible through the access door in the splashwell. You can see the lead for my gps/sounder transducer emerging from the starboard splashwell drain. The transducer is mounted a few inches starboard of that tab.

The tabs do not interfere with the tie-down straps. The straps hook to the trailer outboard of the lifting eyes. So no problem as long as the tabs are inboard of the eyes. The only interference is my next project - I need to move the swim ladder a few inches right so it clears the tab when the ladder is down.

I do not have tab position indicators on the console. That would be nice, but I only really need it to be positive the tabs are up before the boat is dry stored or trailered. The operation is so quiet even with the engine off I can't tell when they are up all the way. I do a visual check but it is hard to tell.

Forum members seem equally happy with the Bennett and Lenco tabs. If I were doing this from scratch I would base my selection on a combination of easiest intall and price.

I don't have a great picture of the transom showing where the tabs are but this is close. ?action=view¤t=ShaftHousingMarked.jpg

sconthecape posted 06-30-2007 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for sconthecape  Send Email to sconthecape     
I took out the Ventura 160 for a sea trial - I did not notice porpoising and loved the boat - I will likely buy it this week! No bottom paint- about 100 hours and looks like new - I thought I wanted a center console but, I really like the seating in this boat!
Jefecinco posted 07-01-2007 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     

Thank you for the information. I couldn't get the photo to load. Perhaps it'll load tomorrow.

I had not given any thought to the swim ladder as I've used it exactly once in the seven plus years I've had the boat. Now I know exactly where that oyster bar is located!

Now that I know it's doable I'm going to have to give the project a lot of consideration.


Sal A posted 07-01-2007 06:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
I had a 2002 160 Ventura. I am glad you like the boat. Have fun with it!

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