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petert posted 04-17-2004 08:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for petert   Send Email to petert  
Hi everyone,

I just picked up my 1999 14 foot Dauntless equipped with a new 60 HP Merc EFI. I absolutely love the boat, but am concerned that I may have chosen to the wrong motor. It seemed that everyone was concerned about a 40Hp, so I opted for the 60 Hp EFI - 4 Stroke.

The dealer was going crazy so I picked up my boat and took it to my cottage rather than having the water test at the dealer. It think this was a mistake.

While the engine is very quiet and starts nicely, it does not seem to have the umph to get the boat on plane - even with just me in the boat. Even adjusting the power trim did not seem to help. When my friend joined me, it seemed hopeless unless he put his full weight right up at the front. Once we got it on plane, it scooted along at a nice speed.


I could really use some advice:

i) Is it normal for the boat to take so long to plane - if at all.
ii) Does a full tank of gas make a huge difference?
iii)Is there a specific prop that I should be requesting? I am in rocky conditions, so it needs to be aluminium.

I love the boat and am heartbroken - could use some cheering up (laugh). I'm hoping that I am missing something obvious.

Cheers. Peter

Ventura16 posted 04-17-2004 10:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ventura16  Send Email to Ventura16     
Do a search for "Whaletosh". He had the same boat/motor combination and solved the planing problems you described with some prop experimentation.
Here are a few of his threads:

Good Luck!


petert posted 04-18-2004 08:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for petert  Send Email to petert     
Thank Tom,

I will try and search for him. I'm pretty stressed out - I hope it can be fixed with a new prop. I'm going to be asking my Marina to go and re-test the boat and try a different prop. I was told it was a 14 pitch, but don't know the size - it is Aluminium. If any other members have advice on this I would be much obliged.

Cheers. Peter

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