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Brief Summary

This boat brings to our mind Crocodile Dundee's famous line to a potential mugger with a mere switchblade: " this is a knife" as he pulls out a 15" near-machete. That's sort of the way we feel about Bayliner's 197 Deck Boat bowrider compared to some other bowriders we've seen. The builder says she will hold 10 people, and for one of the first times ever, we'd say the builder is being a little too modest. We think the 197 ought to be on the U.S. Marine Corps' "to buy" list for landing craft. And, as with most Bayliner boats, the best part is the bottom line.

Key Features

  • Helm console with stereo, tinted windshield and nearby cup holder
  • Port transom storage compartment accommodates watersports gear
  • Telescoping, hide-away boarding ladder in starboard bow
  • Storage areas, like the deep in-deck ski locker
  • Optional swim platform extension
  • Bow converts from a seating area to a queen-sized lounge with optional filler cushions
  • Durable snap-in carpet option
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 18' 7''
    5.66 m
    Beam 8' 1''
    2.46 m
    Dry Weight 2,695 lbs.
    1,222 kg w/ eng
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 2' 8''
    .81 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
    Max Headroom open
    Bridge Clearance 7' 0''
    2.13 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 35 gal.
    132.5 L
    Water Capacity 10 gal.
    37.8 L (optional)
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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

    Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser ECT 3.0L
    Tested Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L TKS
    Opt. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser TKS 3.0L
    1 x 190-hp MerCruiser TKS 4.3L
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    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 3.5 sec.
    0 to 30 11.5 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 person, 1/2 fuel, no water, 25 lbs of gear
    Climate 80 deg.; 70% humid.; wind: 0 mph; seas; calm

    Captain's Report

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Bayliner 197 Deck Boat (2014-) is 39.1 mph (62.9 kph), burning 11.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 42.39 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Bayliner 197 Deck Boat (2014-) is 27.1 mph (43.6 kph), and the boat gets 4.88 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.07 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 154 miles (247.84 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L TKS.

    Standard and Optional Features


    CD Stereo Standard
    Shore Power Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Optional
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Optional
    Tower: Watersports Optional
    Transom Shower Optional


    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional


    Hull Warranty
    Limited lifetime

    Deck Warranty
    Limited 5 year
    Engine Warranty
    2 year limited
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