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|Author||Topic: 130 sport|
posted 12-01-2007 09:42 PM ET (US)
Hi - I'm guess you could say I'm down grading from a 19 ft runabout to something smaller. The 19ft was fine when I lived 5 min from lake michigan but now that I'm close to an hour drive I'm not using the boat as much. Add in gas prices etc and it was time to see the boat go.
That leads to my search for a new boat. I would like a boat in the 12-14 ft range that offers a open cockpit. I was looking at the inflatable route however the cockpit space is tiny and in talking with dealers you hang a 25 hp 4 stroke off of the back and the rear end really sinks in the water.
That lead me to the 130 sport. I haven't seen this boat in person and will probably rule it out from what I see on the pictures. The seat that is next to the steering counsle can that be removed to open the cockpit up? I really don't want to step over a seat each time I come into dock. Plus with a dog the open space would be better.
I seem to recall a picture where it showed the seat could be removed however I was just at whalers website and the picture shows the seat and it appears to be stationary. If not is the 150 more open?
posted 12-02-2007 11:01 AM ET (US)
The 130 has a stationary/permanent seat next to the console. The 150 has a removeable seat next to the console. You bring up a recurring thought. I have seen several people on this board decide to downsize. Especially to a 130.
I have a Dauntless 14 now. I love the small size and the openness of a center console. I wish they made a Montauk 130 center console model. That would be so slick.
Maybe that is the wave of the future.
posted 12-02-2007 04:55 PM ET (US)
Do they still make the 14ft Dauntless? I don't see it on their website so I'm guessing not. How open is the Dauntless? Is two people sitting next to one another comfortable or is more room needed?
posted 12-02-2007 09:30 PM ET (US)
The Dauntless 14 was only made in 1999 and 2000. Very comfortable for me and my wife seated on the reversible pilot seat and my son on the cooler seat in front of the console. Mine has a Merc 75 HP 2 stroke motor. It'll go 40 MPH with me alone in it. We waterski, cruise and fish. I have an optional aerated livewell under the helm seat and a standard 25 gallon fuel tank under the floor. Very sweet setup. I'm guessing that they discontinued the 14 because it was too expensive for a 14 foot boat. It is also pretty heavy at 1000 pounds without the motor. All in all a very nice boat. I would bet a Merc 60 bigfoot motor would be a nice repower some day. Here are some pics:
posted 12-04-2007 12:02 PM ET (US)
posted 12-04-2007 11:03 PM ET (US)
the 130 sport is a fine boat. i bought one this year. i had a 15 sport with a 70 hp. it takes getting use to the 40 4 stroke but the fuel consumption is soooooooo nice. no mixing. i can go all day on 6 gal. good luck
posted 12-13-2007 09:40 AM ET (US)
I bought a new sport 130 this past summer. The plusses are its easy to trailer, easy to launch, easy to dock in tight spaces, easy to retrieve, easy to move around my garage by hand, and very easy on gas. An all day 50 mile outing costs about $15.00 at current gas prices. Its also surprisingly good (dry and stable) for its size in a fairly wide range of conditions. The negatives are limited space and going fast (20 mph) in moderate chop is a bumpy ride. Top end speed is about 33 mph. The most I have had on the boat so far is 3 adults. With that load I have no problems planing or with stability.
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