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Marsh posted 10-28-2003 07:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
Looking maybe to buy... wondering if it will fit in my garage. Garage is 24'x 36' deep, but door is only 7' high. What is trailered height clearance for a D-18? Obviously I haven't measured the D.

Thanks for all info,

jimh posted 10-28-2003 09:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Your question resolves to this:

Is the maximum height of a 1998 DAUNTLESS 18 on a trailer less than 7-feet?

This is hard to answer because it depends a great deal on the trailer and how it carries the boat. A trailer with v-shaped cross members will carry the boat several inches lower than one with straight cross members.

It also depends on how the axles are attached to the trailer, as well as the size of the wheels. Again, there is the potential for several inches of variation between trailers, both of which might be able to handle a DAUNTLESS 18.

In any case, the item of maximum height would be the plastic windshield. This could be re-fitted with a hinge to lower it. That might gain a few inches.

The specifications list the "Bridge Clearance" as 5-feet. This implies that the top of the windshield is 5-feet above the water line.

The specifications list the "Draft" as 1-foot. This implies that the bottom of the keel is 1-foot below the water line.

Adding these together give a height of 6-feet from the keel to the top of the windshield. In order to have the boat clear your 7-foot door you must find a trailer that would carry the keel of the boat no more than 11-inches above the pavement. That seems like a rather close clearance to the pavement. I do not think you will find many trailers that will accommodate such a small clearance.

To seek a better answer, we must now ask:

"What is the clearance between the pavement and the keel of a 1998 DAUNTLESS 18 when on a typical trailer?"

Perhaps some owners of 1998 DAUNTLESS 18 models of Boston Whaler boat will be able to supply the answer.

Marsh posted 10-28-2003 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
That was an extremely well-constructed,logical, response. Perhaps I should have taken the time to approach the problem like you did. Obviously, it is extremely unlikely that a D-18 will fit into my garage. Since I could not abide my Whaler being stored out-of-doors, I guess the D-18 is out of the question for me. And, at least for a time, I shall remain, boatless.

Thanks for your insight,

Lars Simonsen posted 10-29-2003 09:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I have a 1998 Dauntless 18 that I keep in my garage. I believe my garage door is 8' high, and I have to lower the tongue jack (or whatever it's called) to its lowest point to get the boat in. So I'm pretty certain it wouldn't fit into a 7' high door.

Also, in your other post, you said it had a 125 hp motor. I think the boat would be underpowered with a 125. I have a 135 optimax on mine, and I wouldn't want anything with less horsepower. The 135 pushes the boat along quite nicely, but I personally would not want any less power for that hull.

The Dauntless hull is a bit stern "heavy." I'm sure the 125 is lighter than the 135 Optimax, but I think the tendency of the stern to ride low in the water has as much to do with the hull design (the '98 hull has the transom notch) as it does with the weight of the motor.


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