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duncanarnhold posted 08-07-2008 03:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for duncanarnhold   Send Email to duncanarnhold  
I am an avid offshore fisherman who is interested in purchasing a boat which could fish in shallow water, say two to three feet deep, and also be safe offs
hore in three to four foot seas. Can anyone tell me how their Dauntless 230 handles under these conditions?
deepwater posted 08-07-2008 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
you have quite a pull all the way from the pan handel,,how do you feel about a montauk ?
Jordi posted 08-07-2008 07:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi    
duncaarnold,
I do not own a 230, but have fished the 230 Dauntless and find it to be a very versatile boat for shallow fishing and near shore adventures. The boat is rated "inshore" by Boston Whaler if you review the manual. Having said that it handles 3-4 foot chop with out any issues with the trim tabs properly used. The casting area is very generous and you can expect to work an area of 2-3 three feet depth without difficulties. If you are mostly going inshore and occasional offshore this is s good boat to consider. If you are offshore/near shore most of the time the Outrage 210 seems more capable. I drift fish a lot of flats on the incoming tide and three feet on the 210 Outrage is not a problem.
Jordi
dmeswi posted 08-07-2008 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for dmeswi  Send Email to dmeswi     
I have a 220 Dauntless with a T-top and a fishing package. Inshore it is quite a handful for fishing the flats. You can't pole it around. I don't have an electric trolling motor and that may make a difference.

I use it to fish around the bridges, passes and jettys in the area and take it offshore up to 30 miles. It does well as long as seas are no more than 2' to 3'.

I would recommend this boat as a good all around boat, but it is definately not a flats boat.

Dennis

Hooked posted 08-07-2008 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hooked  Send Email to Hooked     
I use my 230 Dauntless on the Chesapeake Bay and have towed it up to Maine where I've been in both shallow and 3 - 4 foot chop. I have found it to be a great balance of both, but especially your needs for shallow water. I have the activity/polling tower but have never tried to pole it in the shallows, but it draws very little. On the 3 to 4 ft seas, the 23 foot length and decent V entry help it handle it fine. It's certainly not a deep V designed for routine heavy seas or rated as offshore, but handles the 3 to 4 ft when necessary. The fishing usability and features are outstanding.

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