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Feejer posted 11-26-2007 09:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for Feejer   Send Email to Feejer  
I currently own a 2005 Montauk 170 and really enjoy the boat. Today I found a 2007 left over Dauntless 160 with a Merc 115hp 4 stroke at a great price. When I started out looking at BW's I wanted a Dauntless but could not find one. As I said I really like the Montauk but like the idea of a much larger built in fuel tank, more storage, and a larger engine. Can anyone give me any real world comparisons between to the boats?

Thanks
TRAFFICLAWYER posted 11-26-2007 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for TRAFFICLAWYER    
Unless, you're willing to take a dollar hit, I'd keep what you have. I also looked at the dauntless [16'] but decided dollar for dollar just was'nt the bang for the buck.

True they have some nicer features.

Jefecinco posted 11-26-2007 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
There are some reports on 16 Dauntless performance. Try a search.

As to other factors you can easily compare the differences as you own a Montauck and have seen (I believe) the Dauntless.

IMO the Montauck is a more "fishable" boat but the Dauntless has better sea keeping qualities and more storage and seating. The Dauntless has a persons capacity of six, I believe but three is the maximum number of persons that can comfortably fish the boat. If your primary recreation is fishing and you don't go out in snotty weather I think the Montauck is the better choice.

You probably know what to do and are just looking for reinforcement and some comfort in your decision.

You will probably be happy long term with your Montauck.

Butch

falcon posted 11-27-2007 12:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for falcon  Send Email to falcon     
I traded my 13 Dauntless for a non current 160 Dauntless.I too was Impressed by the large fuel tank,but also the better seating and storage of the Dauntless.I can't understand why Whaler didn't make the Montauk self bailing.Also the Dauntless has a decent sized live well and ski bar.
Brian7son posted 11-29-2007 10:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
I have an older 17 Montauk, so the specs are a little different. I havent been on a Dauntless so I can't give you first hand performance comparisons. Right off the bat, I'd say stick with the 17. It's a very versatile boat and in that size range, I wouldnt recommend downsizing.

I also agree with Trafficlawyer, you will take a hit on trading the 17 unless you stole it. I do think that the used boat market is a little soft right now, i.e. it's a buyers market.

The Montauk is 17' LOA and a 6'10" beam and the Dauntless is 16'3" LOA with a 7'1" beam. I was suprised to see that
the Dauntless had a 3" wider beam that the Montauk.

It all boils down to which model makes you the happiest and fits your wants and needs in a boat. You're the guy that is going to be driving the boat for years, so you have to be content with your choice.

From an general boat comparison and what makes financial sense standpoint, I'd say keep what you have. It's a nice rig. However, we all know that boat purchasing decisions and financial sense are polar opposites. It's not a "need", it's a "want" (a.k.a."I gotta have it").

Good luck with your decision.

Brian

Feejer posted 11-29-2007 12:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Feejer  Send Email to Feejer     
I'm staying put
Brian7son posted 11-29-2007 03:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
Good move. I could see if you had a 40 ft Sportfish with twin deisels and you wanted to downgrade to a 305 Conquest with twin 250 Verado's. But with a 17 Montauk, you stay where you are for now and in a few years you move up to a 20'.

Take it easy

Brian

Brian7son posted 11-29-2007 03:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Brian7son  Send Email to Brian7son     
I didnt not mean to say "downgrade". I meant downsize.

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