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jim_usa posted 06-17-2003 03:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for jim_usa   Send Email to jim_usa  
I've been looking at Whalers for a couple years now and am about to finally get a 160. I need a boat that can handle some 1 to 2 foot waves and can also be used in shallow bass fishing water with a trolling motor. And those stern seats are a bonus too as is the small garage size package.

But I've been back and forth over what motor to get. Lately I'm inclinded to go with the standard 90 for a few reasons like... It's cheaper!, It's not close to the max engine weight which means it won't push the drains down too far and the bow might not come up as much. And it's a smaller package overall than the 115 2 stroke.

I've also been told to NOT go heavier than the 115 four stroke, which made me wonder. And I've heard the 90 2strk will go well into the 40 mph range. And another dealer in FLA said whaler usually chooses the best engine for overall performance to be the standard engine.

So to save money and keep the boat running well overall seems like a "standard" engine would be a good idea.

Since I've never even riden in any kind of a Whaler I am possibly way off here. Is there a flaw in my thought process?

gf posted 06-18-2003 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for gf  Send Email to gf     

I have no experience with the 16' Dauntless, however, I can offer the following suggestions...

A. Why would you buy ANY boat that you have not taken for a test ride yet? I am sure that the Dauntless 160 is a nice boat, but for your stated purposes a new Montauk 170 may be a better and more affordable choice.

B. If you are purchasing a new boat then by all means get the largest, most economical engine that your budget will allow. I assume the 115 4 stroke is about $1500 more than the 115 2 stroke. It's money well spent. You will save money over time in fuel economy and you will see a better return on re-sale as well.

jim_usa posted 06-18-2003 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Thanks gf for the feedback.

A Montauk would be fine except it doesn't have a swivel seat for the bow and there is no through hull wiring for a trolling motor. Plus I am looking for a boat with a built-in gas tank for the larger capacity.

I'd be using this to fish in the Upper Potomac River a lot, where a trolling motor and swivel seats come in handy. And I would also be going to the Chesapeake Bay every now and then. And it will have to fit into my garage too. So anything bigger than the D160 would not fit height-wise.

The 115 four stroke is pushing the weight limit which worries me. Plus it's $3K more than a stock 90HP 2s.

And I haven't found any dealers in the Washington DC area that are willing to give test drives. But I am sure it will be better than my aluminum bass boat. Plus, it would really be best if I could test drive one with all motor options, and that is probably way too much to ask.

Marlin posted 06-18-2003 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Jim, where are you located? I keep my Dauntless at Pohick Bay, right next to Ft. Belvoir, just south of Mount Vernon.


jim_usa posted 06-18-2003 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Small world.

I'm in Gaithersburg Bob.

Where'd you get your boat?

Perry posted 06-18-2003 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Perry  Send Email to Perry     
I have a 90 4 stroke on my 2002 Dauntless 160 (no notch in transom) and the weight doesn't seem to be a problem. I enjoy the fact that it is fuel efficient and with the right prop and engine height, overall performance is good.
jim_usa posted 06-19-2003 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Perry, Thanks for the feedback.

Marlin posted 06-19-2003 11:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Marlin  Send Email to Marlin     
Jim, sent some other comments by email. -Bob

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