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The Bayliner 205 was introduced for 2003 as a replacement for the 19 footer. Customers were looking for more length and room in the cockpit, so they added some inches in both directions and called it the Capri 205. Add her weight of about 3100 lbs and you have a nice sport boat that is pretty easy to tow behind the family vehicle and fits into the carport or garage.

Key Features

  • Standard V8 engine for excellent performance and fuel economy.
  • Wide 8'0" beam provides increased interior space, storage capacity and improved hull suspension.
  • Largest cockpit in its class.
  • Available with optional fiberglass cockpit liner.
  • CD player and tilt steering standard.
  • Bimini top with boot standard.

Specifications

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Specifications
Length Overall 20' 1'' Dry Weight 3,100 lbs.
Beam 8' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 11'' Fuel Cap 40 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 19 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 3' 11''
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 205 Bowrider Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Tested Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Opt. Power

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Line Drawing

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Photo Gallery

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A Complete Package

The 205 has stylish hull graphics and generally gave you the impression she was made to play with ski toys and soak up rays. Her bow has ample seating for at least three adults with nicely padded cus

Quality Manufacturing

The helm is well appointed with a matching sun lounger chair. Instrumentation is arranged for good visibility and has a European look. The cockpit sole has a lift away cover for wake board and other

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Comfort and Style

Sit up at the bow for a breathtaking ride with an exhilarating view.

Attention to Detail

In the cockpit, the companion seat is a wider version of a sun lounger. The glove box has overboard drainage in case water seeps in and the stereo also is tucked inside the glove box.

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Captain's Report

Agile and Playful


I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Seattle, Washington area and Lake Stephens to see how Bayliner’s new Capri 205 measured up for you. After chatting with the Bayliner folks for a few hours and seeing if we could see more than fifty feet in the heavy fog, we finally glimpsed some sunshine and broke out the cameras. Seattle is not only known for rain, but apparently is known for the fog as well! Fog burns off, rain soaks. It was a relief to just have fog.


While another captain worked with two other models, I hooked up the test gear and scared some fish. This boat was introduced for 2003 as a replacement for the 19 footer. Customers were looking for more length and room in the cockpit, so they added some inches in both directions and called it the Capri 205. She is 20’1” in length and 8’0” in beam. Add her weight of about 3100 lbs and you have a nice sport boat that is pretty easy to tow behind the family vehicle and fits into the carport or garage if you haven’t converted them for other storage, and if the missus will give up her prime spot.


I was very impressed with her agility. In fact, I played with her every chance I had during the day just because she was nimble and could show the other ski boats playing around her that she was more than capable of the challenge and literally ran circles around them. (Really got their attention when later on a helicopter was about fifty feet off her bow as she romped!) She sprang from the gates and onto plane in just over 3 seconds. In about seven seconds, we were passing through 30 mph on our way to a top speed of just a hair over 50 mph. She seemed most comfortable running in the 30 mph range. Here she drank only 8.5 gallons per hour giving her a range of about 140 miles to a tank.


Back on the docks, I took a long look at her. She has stylish hull graphics and generally gave you the impression she was made to play with ski toys and soak up rays. Her bow has ample seating for at least three adults with nicely padded cushions and gunnel pads. Two handles to a side give you added safety for the riders ahead of the windshield underway. Under all forward seating is storage. More padded storage is revealed by lifting the back rest in the front of the companion and helm consoles.


The walk-thru windshield is typical Taylor with a latch that you will have to be careful with. It is adequate, but made of plastic and looks like it is a weak point that will get broken the first time someone leans on the windshield while chatting at anchor. In the cockpit, the companion seat is a wider version of a sun lounger. The glove box has overboard drainage in case water seeps in and the stereo also is tucked inside the glove box.


The helm is well appointed with a matching sun lounger chair. Instrumentation is arranged for good visibility and has a European look. The cockpit sole has a lift away cover for wake board and other water toys while space for some smaller items is designed under the two rear seats separated by the engine cowling. These seat backs are removable for access to batteries, fuel cell and other mechanicals. Pull the bottom of the seats out, slip the tab of the back edge into a slot in the side near the top of the gunnel on both sides and you have another sunpad so three people can soak up sunshine in comfort. Just don’t try to let people ride there when the boat is underway. The engine hatch is hinged and opens wide for easy access to the healthy 5-liter or better engine package.


The stern has a built in swim platform, telescoping flip over ladder and something I am surprised I don’t find on many boats with swim ladders, a handle right where you need it to pull yourself up onto the boat safely!


She has the style and features I have learned to expect from Bayliner and more pep and punch than I anticipated before I hit the throttles for the first time. Check it out for yourself today.




By Capt. Bob Smith



Bayliner 205 Bowrider Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Bayliner 205 Bowrider is 50.2 MPH (80.8 KPH), burning 18.7 gallons per hour (GPH) or 70.78 liters per hour (LPH).

  • Best cruise for the Bayliner 205 Bowrider is 25.6 MPH (41.2 KPH), and the boat gets 3.91 miles per gallon (MPG) or 1.66 kilometers per liter (KPL), giving the boat a cruising range of 141 miles (226.92 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Trailer Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Standard
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Warranty

Bayliner 205 Bowrider 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 205 Bowrider Price

Bayliner 205 Bowrider Price
Pricing Range $30,645.00
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.

Test Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
  Range  
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
750 3.7 3.2 0.6 6.2 5.4 222 193 357 6.00 2.27 2.62 66
1000 6.4 5.5 1.4 4.7 4.1 169 147 272 10.30 5.30 2.00 69
1500 8.5 7.3 3.2 2.7 2.3 97 84 156 13.70 12.11 1.14 75
2000 17.5 15.2 5.4 3.3 2.8 118 102 190 28.20 20.44 1.39 83
2500 25.6 22.3 6.6 3.9 3.4 141 122 227 41.20 24.98 1.66 84
3000 33.1 28.7 8.5 3.9 3.4 140 122 225 53.30 32.18 1.65 87
3500 39.3 34.2 11.1 3.6 3.1 128 111 206 63.20 42.02 1.51 88
4000 46.8 40.7 15.3 3.1 2.7 110 96 177 75.30 57.92 1.31 94
4500 50.2 43.6 18.7 2.7 2.3 97 84 156 80.80 70.79 1.14 97

All fuel consumption numbers is the total are for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Time To Plane 3.1 sec.
0 to 30 7.0 sec.
Test Power 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Transmission Alpha One
Ratio 1.47:1
Props 21''
Load 2 persons, full fuel, no water, min. gear
Climate 66 deg., 70% humid., wind: 0-5 knots; seas: calm