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19 мая 2014 | Author: | No comments yet »
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Sneak Peek: New Bayliner 320

Bayliner’s reputation as the low-cost builder is beginning to take on a far more positive spin these days, and the builder’s brand new 320 appears to be another firm step in the right direction. The company has been working hard to shed its old image and its new line of cruisers look very good, indeed. The new 320 comes with two accommodation plans, so the boat is quite versatile.

Conventional accommodations layout with two sleeping areas.

Plenty of room for three couples and a candlelight dinner.

As you can see in the drawings, one plan is pretty conventional with a berth in the bow with a privacy curtain, and the mid-cabin aft, under the bridge deck. This is ideal for overnighting, weekends, and cruising, and is the accommodation plan that every express builder has used for years.

The second layout is designed for entertaining a large number of people, both in the cockpit and below. Imagine the romance of a candlelight dinner below with your significant other or a few close friends, all seated comfortably. (We can almost hear the tunes in the background and taste the velvety burgundy.) Headroom in the salon is 6’2” and there are three ventilation hatches.

The Mid-Cabin

Believe it or not, Bayliner was the second builder to discover how to fit a mid-cabin in a boat of this size some 30 years ago or so. Having pioneered this concept, the company hasn’t forgotten the enormous added functionality that the proper use of this space can add to a boat.

In these two perspective drawings you can see what Bayliner has coming: a hanging locker, a storage bin that converts into a table, cabinet stowage, and a small seat. There is standing headroom in this narrow part of the cabin.

Bayliner has managed standing headroom at the head of the bunk, a place to sit to put on your socks, shelves for clothes and towels, two hanging lockers, a table and more, all in a cabin with a privacy door in the bulkhead. This is a lot of space and headroom in the mid-cabin for a 32-foot boat.

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This Boat is Made for Europe, Too

The weak dollar vs. the Euro has permitted American builders to aggressively go after European business. To sell there the boats simply have to look stylish. It is no secret that Bayliner is targeting Europe and even its sales literature says “Styled to be ‘at home’ in Global Markets (looks great anywhere!)” The exterior of the 320 has a sleek, curved style which will fit in nicely in Europe, yet is not so far over the top that it would turn off more conservative American buyers.

This stern-quarter perspective drawing shows the flowing curves of the 320.

Because boats sold in the Common Market must meet CE standards, many of which are tougher than ABYC rules, the new line of Bayliners are probably built better than ever before. So, with good construction, Euro-styling, and a low price ($131,146 MSRP), the Bayliner 320 should be on the short list of anyone thinking about this size of boat.

Other Considerations Standard features include an anchor windlass, cruising canvas, a spotlight, electric toilet, and a 260-hp 5.0 L MerCruiser sterndrive. Freshwater cooling, a 5-KW Kohler Low-CO gas generator, A/C, and bow thruster are major items of optional equipment that we would consider.

Bayliner’s literature says that the boat has “improved fit and finish” and based on our observations of recent Bayliner boats we would agree. Perhaps this is the most important aspect of all: all-around the new breed is much better than your father’s Bayliner. The company is working hard to upgrade both its product and its image, and if the new 320 is any indication, it is going to succeed.

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