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Jiggy posted 09-17-2010 09:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jiggy   Send Email to Jiggy  
I [may purchase] a c.2002 DAUNTLESS 18 for inshore or bay fishing and water sports on the lake. I know that there are back rests [for the stern seats] that can be placed in the rod holders, but do the older models also have the flip-up stern bench seat? If not, when was that change made? Many thanks!
jimh posted 09-17-2010 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Moved this thread about a Boston Whaler boat that was first designed after c.1990 to the POST-CLASSIC discussion.
SJUAE posted 09-18-2010 06:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE  Send Email to SJUAE     
Have a look here it's mentioned in the specs but not specifically flip up but full width. I linked from 2000/1 and 2002/3 so should cover your year. 2001 it's in the comfort package

http://web.archive.org/web/20010718134121/www.whaler.com/2000Product/ Model_Detail.asp?ModID=11

http://web.archive.org/web/20030810142257/whaler.com/REC/ spec_180_dauntless.shtm

rRegards
Steve

K Albus posted 09-18-2010 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
The 2002 model year is the first year with the flip-up rear seat. The flip-up rear seat is molded into the deck and is not removable.

The 2001 and earlier model years have the rear seat with the back rests that plug into the rod holders. On those models, the base of the seat can also be removed from the boat.

The other significant change which first appeared in the 2002 model is the elimination of the pocket/cut-out at the bottom of the transom. The earlier models supposedly had porpoising problems due to this pocket/cut-out. The 2002 model does not have the pocket/cut-out, and does not have a porpoising problem.

boatdryver posted 09-18-2010 12:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
Jiggy, I have a 2007 200 Dauntless which has that" flip up" aft seating arrangement.

When I have a lot of people on board that feature is a huge plus.

When fishing, I find it to be a negative; it takes up about a foot and a half of aft deck space (for walking around or storing a big cooler) and it blocks convenient access to the transom for dealing with a kicker motor.

Since I don't fish all that much it has been a good compromise for me, but i mention this in case you fish more than you do watersports.

JimL

Jiggy posted 09-18-2010 09:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jiggy  Send Email to Jiggy     
Thank you!

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