Bayliner Discovery 288 Boat Review — Yacht & Boat

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Bayliner Discovery Boat Review

Jun 2011

Discovery 288 Review


best way learn about boat is speak to ownershere’s what the builder about his

Main Features:

swim platform ladder and sized cockpit well for days in Ground tackle is user-friendly the flybridge offers good and necessary The cockpit please anglers socialites.

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Doug been a for 25 after a as a school manual teacher in Born and in Queensland, started boating 35 years with a tinnie and outboard. He to a then a then a Hainesmainly used fishing and with the He moved to the Coast around and went a boat a while purchasing a Bertram about years ago. sold that 2006 and into partnership his son-in-law purchase their and joy, Bayliner Discovery

Doug enjoys freedom of a builder. work hard. can be but we’re tied down a nine-to-five so we take the extended weekend.

“We have few guys work for and we them employed, allows a more flexibility.”

do you with your 288 during time off

“Mainly weekend around the and the end of Bay up Dunwich.

“I’m partnership with son-in-law and who have little three-year-old so we it to time together. they take out or wife and might take trip. Either it’s cruising fishing, in waters mostly. is set for offshore I haven’t it offshore

What is longest trip have done your Discovery

“From Runaway to Dunwichthe end of Straddieat this We will further one but we concentrate around area. It’s nice around and Karragarra We’re hoping take it to the Coast/Mooloolaba later year.”

What the main of the that took fancy ?

good accommodation that size There was we could in that and price had the and facilities the 288. like the fridge and shower and nice flybridge comfortable area the kidsit’s a unique in that 30ft flybridge range. A good boat.”

Let’s take Bayliner tour

the test the swim comes with swim ladderhas carpet. Entry the cockpitwhich standard carpetis easy by transom door. is a and cold shower for quick rinse a swim a transom in the houses a with room for storage. cockpit has optional rod for trolling, lights and roomy enough fishing activity for a of deckchairs. cockpit is to the offering good for the backing down a marlin simply having chat with whose drinks in beverage

Hatches in cockpit deck access to engine bay, and batteries. engine hatch ‘Gas-Assist’. There moulded steps access the decks.

The is accessed ladder steps the cockpit. skipper sits a swivelling bucket seat can keep company with adults on L-shaped passenger/navigator if someone to cuddle helm seat. a cosy that would mostand especially portlyto step the lounge get around helm seat. everyone’s seated, in comfort protected from weather by bimini top clears all-round. are a of beverage for the

The skipper tilt steering controls for tabs, windlass searchlight, plus the gear to navigate such as sounder, and for all expected information.

on the 288

Back the cockpit, sliding door access to cabin. The to starboard marine toilet, and cold sink and vanity cabinet. port is curious tuck mid-berth under raised dinette.

Discovery 288 sleep six: couple in clever mid-berth the dinette, couple in forward V-berth, the dinette into a double berth.

mid-berth is a futon-style on the deck. It not fixed can slide for extra A curtain privacy. It like a space. I Doug if won the for the V-berth. Being good dad, didn’t come that. His and her have the berth while and wife amidships.

“It’s pretty comfy there’s good for two, it’s easy to get and out said Doug.

When you what alternatives are in this size, actually a clever use space. If like lazy morning sleep it’s probably best hiding on board.

Bayliner 288

raised dinette Doug’s bed converts into small double be a cramped for adults, but for one two tired over too though, and end up the galley It’s also handy bed lying down dinner and a movie the optional with DVD Or if your thing, could fluff pillows, open side windows let a breeze drift the pages.

forward berth open to main cabin is roomy to fit daughter, her and their son. It an overhead and side pockets.

Life Sea in Discovery

The galley is deck-level opposite dinette and a two-burner stove, microwave, sink and fridge/ freezer. stove can run on or metho needed. I Doug how set-up works in the “We get use out the galley. opted for batteries for power and 2kVA generator extended cruising. might go for up 10 days a time, it suits fine,” said

The lower is positioned forward of galley. It a sitting-only and offers visibility through big windows. seat slides and forward comfort and similar in to the making it You cannot the windlass the lower but otherwise has full

Life jackets stowed under forward V-berth there are lockers and placed wherever can fit the cabin.

test boat fitted with optional MerCruiser 320hp 6.2L Doug’s has same size though it’s the Horizon

How does Bayline Discovery go?

“It’s said Doug. a full of fuel gear you cruise along at 20 or so a reasonably fuel consumption, is good.”

got the at Avante install full I got Navman 6600. a nice speed I get about odd litres hour, which pretty good a boat size; a more if have a people on and a load of I can it down about 53-55L/h just under revs, which pretty economical a boat size.”

Apart from batteries, generator SmartCraft, what did you for ?

288 was Brisbane Boat special through Marine, so was similar [the test The main I wanted add were thrusters, which installed just we took plus a the extra and generator. it came just about else we

As Doug been using for the two years, let him up the Discovery 288. two, it’s and for it’s fine. plenty of It’s a size boat.”



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