Boat Reviews By Owners
1981 -- 17' 0" BAYLINER
Model: Closed bow
Cockpit: The floor runs the full width of the hull and the relatively short bow helps with the foot room. This model has a Volvo inboard/outboard so the engine cover takes up about 5 square feet of floorspace. It is padded so this does make an ok seat though.
Cabin: There is no cabin so to speak but there is a small canvas to cover the front seating area. There is also a lot of storage in the bow but it's hard to access. The front window folds open and there's a step built into the dash to gain access to the bow. This is a great feature.
Construction: This boat is soild as a rock, however, there have been quality issues related to Bayliner (and lots of other brands) in the past. This unit has been garage kept so it hasn't had to endure any harsh weather.
Handling: It has a good responsive feel to it and havnig a deep(ish) V it doesn't pound when it gets a little rough.
Engine Room: This unit has a Volvo 130 inboard / outboard and it is easily enough power for this boat. It'll pull a heavy skier up easily with 3 people in the boat and a full tank of gas. With the ski prop on it, it does 25 mph @ 3300 rpm (cruise) and it'll over-rev @ full throttle. With the cruising prop on it, it does 30 @ 3300 rpm and tops out at over 40 @ 4500 rpm. Generally speaking, you can't go wrong with the Volvo power. I'd highly recommend it. This is also cheap to run.
General Comments: I live nearby the gulf islands in the pacific northwest. This is a great little boat for running around during the nicer weather. Be cautious buying any boat, the Bayliner is definately no exeption.
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Date Submitted: 2005-04-30
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