What about bayliners? — Page 2 — The Hull Truth — Boating and Fishing Forum

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What about bayliners?

Nice post Sea Wolf. You’ve clearly outlined the Bayliner issue. Just to add a few points from my personal experience.

In 1992 I was able to satisfy my need to be on the water with a leftover Bayliner 30. I wanted to have a boat to cruise New England waters and I wanted a new boat as reliability was a major factor. I actually fell in love with the 30′ Chris Craft Crowne, but at $80,000, it was well above my means at that time. I paid half of that for the Bayliner and for the next ten years, I was able to go everywhere I would’ve been able to go in the Chris Craft.

The Bayliner wasn’t fancy but I wasn’t interested in rich cornithan leather or burled mahogony dashboards. I wouldn’t have wanted to go up against the Bismarck with it, but it was more than tough enough for my needs. We made numerous trips as far south as New York City and north to Boston, including the Vineyard and Nantucket.

A friend bought a new 31′ Tiara last year, and, side by side, the construction and design differences were quite apparant. The Tiara is built like a battleship and looks to have the precision of a Swiss watch. She is a real beauty, but, guess what, my friend only travels to the same places I did in my Bayliner!


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The relationship a person has with their boat is unique. You love it and you hate it, and even when you do hate it, you still love it. I had a tremondous amount of pride in my boat and the lifestyle it allowed me to enjoy. When people slam Bayliners I can’t help but take it personally. It’s like they are saying,You are really not good enough to be on the water if that’s all you can afford. Fortunately, with maturity, I’m beyond the point of punching these people in the nose, however, it doesn’t mean that kind of anger doesn’t well up inside me when these comments are made.

A Bayliner is an entry level boat which, do to mass production and lack of customization or frills, is available at a price to allow more people on the water. Basic quality of construction is good, for what it is. If there were serious manufacturing or design shortfalls, they wouldn’t continue to sell as many as they do. I always find it amazing that there is no Maxum bashing, even though they are made in the same factories, and in some cases the same molds, as Bayliners.

My personal situation has changed over the past ten years also. The three college educations are now paid off, I retired last year and now sell Bayliners as a sideline. This post is as a Bayliner owner though, not as a salesman.

I sold the 10 year old 30′ this year and purchased a per owned 40′ diesel express (yes, It is a Bayliner). It also cost 2/3 that of a similar Sea Ray even though it comes from the same mold as the old 39′ Sea Ray. Who would have guessed.

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