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An all-new, smaller addition to Bayliner’s family of affordable deckboats, is this ultra-functional 197 Deck, which offers lots of seating, more storage space, and a huge swim platform for maximum water enjoyment. Power options of up to 220 horsepower make this ten person party machine the boat to watch in 2006.

Key Features

  • Integrated bow platfrom with retractable 3-step boarding ladder
  • Integrated transom platform with retractable 2-step ladder
  • In-floor ski/wakeboard storage
  • NMMA certified
  • Transferable lifetime limited structural hull warranty

Specifications

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Specifications
Length Overall 18' 7'' Dry Weight 2,695 lbs.
Beam 8' 1'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 2'8'' Fuel Cap 35 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 17 deg. Water Cap 10 gal
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 7'0''
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0 L
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3L
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI

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Versatile deckboat for all water activities.

The new 197 Deck will introduce even more people to the wonderful world of recreational boating, but in a more modern way.

The 197 offers fun for the whole family.

The aft recreational area features a massive U-shaped swim platform and a pair of jumbo storage lockers.

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Captain's Report

More Amenities, Comfort, and Style

Bayliner’s new and improved 197 Deck is a well-rounded and versatile boat designed with more features, and three engine packages to choose from.

By Capt. Ron Svoboda

Last year when we tested Bayliner’s new deck boat, we though it was one of the best party platforms on the market, especially for the price. Well, 2006 brings a new, smaller addition to family with the ultra-functional 197 Deck. The designers at Bayliner have worked overtime to improve on an already great layout. This sister has added seating, more storage, and even more swim platform space for maximum water enjoyment. In addition, several engine packages are available to get this boat to quickly get to your favorite spot.

Deck Features

At the front of the deckboat, is a wide swim platform large enough for three adults to cool their feet in the water. A telescoping swim ladder tucks neatly into its own compartment and saves space on the platform. But the greatest feature of the new 197 is the ever expansive seating. The cockpit provides 360-degrees of plush seating with ample storage space below each cushion.

When it’s time for lunch or a game of cards, a snack table can be quickly installed at the bow. Meanwhile, beverage control is handled by an insulated cooler located under the aft seat cushion. Also in the back, on the starboard side of the aft bench seat, is the helm console.

At the Helm

The helm seat adjusts and so does the steering wheel. Just like the rest of the boat, the dash is low profile with a tinted wind deflector. The driver has full instrumentation with analog gauges, a water-resistant stereo, and accessory toggle switches complete the helm station.

The aft recreational area features a massive U-shaped swim platform and a pair of jumbo storage lockers. If you need more space for skis and boards, the locker in the sole of the cockpit should accommodate them without a problem.

Specs and Power

At only 18 feet, 7 inches long, and 8 feet wide, the 197 provides the space of a much larger boat as well as the stability of one with her 2,695 pounds of displacement. The hull draws 32 inches of water with the drive down on all three of the engine packages available. A 3.0 liter, 135-horsepower MerCruiser comes standard on the boat, but I would certainly opt for the 4.3 liter MPI that delivers a hearty 220 horses.

Bayliners have always been practical machines, and since they’re affordable, these boats have given several generations of boaters the ability to live the life, and not just dream about it. The new 197 Deck will introduce even more people to the wonderful world of recreational boating, but in a more modern way. And as one satisfied dealer said to me “This isn’t your father’s Bayliner.”…… It certainly isn’t!

Standard and Optional Equipment

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Canvas
Camper Back Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Warranty

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to insure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Limited Lifetime Structural Hull
Transferable Yes
Extendable Yes
Deck Warranty
Years Limited 5-Year
Transferable Yes
Engine Warranty
Years None
Powertrain Warranty
Years None
Accessories Warranty
Years Limited 1-Year Parts & Components
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification USCG Certified

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Price

Bayliner 197 Deck Boat Price
Pricing Range $21,112.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

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