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jackpine posted 05-12-2008 03:45 PM ET (US)   Profile for jackpine   Send Email to jackpine  
Hi, I am a first time poster, have never owned a whaler but have been fishing since I was old enough to walk. I have been looking for a 130 sport ever since I seen one in a parking lot in Fl. when we were down there last winter, I am retired and need a small boat I can pull down from Mn. without a truck to fish the intercoastal w.w. and some small bays and it looked like the perfect boat, now I have a chance to pick up a 1995 13 ft. dauntless with 50 hp 2cycle merc for 7200 dollars but I can't find much information about them, I like the idea of the center console, and the hull looks like it might take rough water better than the sport but the fact that you guys hardly ever mention it makes me wonder. Any help would be greatly appreciated........Thanks
thediscusthrower posted 05-12-2008 07:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for thediscusthrower  Send Email to thediscusthrower     
I have a 1995 15' Dauntless with a 1996 Evinrude 70hp outboard and I'm very happy with its performance. It handles rough water just fine.

I would think that the 13 footer is the smaller/scaled down version which also contains the Accutrac hull configuration and would produce similar results to the 15.

fishgutz posted 05-12-2008 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
The Dauntless hull is drier and smoother in chop than the 130. I have a Dauntless 14 that is very dry and very smooth. The 130 Sport and Dauntless 13 have similar space but the Dauntless 13 has some lockable storage in the console. That's a nice feature. You may actually have more useable space with the Dauntless than the 130 sport. If you have to move around the boat you would have to keep stepping over the seats in a 130 sport, not the case with the center console of the Dauntless. You'll probably be saving some money going with the slightly older Dauntless, too.
Go for the Dauntless.
jackpine posted 05-12-2008 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for jackpine  Send Email to jackpine     
Thanks for the help I forgot to mention the motor is a 2000 model, also comes with cover, 2 removeable fishing seats and electric motor, would $7200 be a decent price for this, and is 50 hp too much for a boat this size, seems like a lot of motor for a 13 ft. boat.
fishgutz posted 05-12-2008 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
50 HP looks to be 10 hp over the rated horsepower. You don't have to go full out. I have a 75 hp Mercury on my 14 Dauntless (Max rated HP). It's nice to have the extra horsepower when you need it. I rarely go wide open throttle. 20 mph is nice.
Check this out dauntless/dauntless.13.html
Don't know much about price. If the boat is nice with a nice trailer, that price seems OK to me. You'll have one hot boat.
David1877 posted 05-12-2008 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
I owned a dauntless 13 with a 40 yamaha. I wished I had bought the 50hp, which is the max rating for the boat. The 50 will be just fine.

The 13 is a very capable small boat. I doubt you can do any better in a 13 footer.

I think I paid about 10K for mine new in 2006 or 2007.

Good luck.

jackpine posted 05-13-2008 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for jackpine  Send Email to jackpine     
Thanks again for the help, I have owned quite a few boats but this will be my first fiberglass, up here in north eastern mn. almost all the boats are aluminum, with Lund and Crestliner probably leading the pack. This is probably due to the fact that all the lakes here are rock bottom with rock reefs and you can pull a aluminum boat up on the rocks and suffer nothing more than a small dent or scratch, I noticed when I was in Fl. last winter it is just the opposite everything was fiberglass and I didn't recognize most of the makes. Any hints on what I need to do different maintaining the boat running it in salt water?
Wet Willy posted 05-14-2008 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Wet Willy  Send Email to Wet Willy     
I have a 95 13 Dauntless I bought last year. It had a 95 Evinrude 40, I just repowered with an 08 Evinrude 50-E-TEC, This is a great little boat and it handles great, The price sounds in line to me.
Good Luck

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