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Bayliner 197 Deck Boat (2014-)
(w/ 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L TKS)

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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: "...now 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)
    N/A

    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

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    800 3.3 2.8 0.4 8.1 7.1 256 223 68
    1000 3.9 3.4 0.6 7.1 6.2 223 194 67
    1500 5.7 5.0 1.1 5.2 4.5 163 142 69
    2000 7.3 6.3 2.3 3.2 2.7 99 86 74
    2500 10.5 9.1 4.1 2.6 2.2 81 71 81
    3000 20.8 18.1 4.7 4.5 3.9 141 123 83
    3500 27.1 23.6 5.6 4.9 4.3 154 134 83
    4000 31.8 27.7 6.7 4.8 4.1 150 130 82
    4500 35.8 31.1 8.6 4.2 3.6 131 114 84
    4900 39.1 34.0 11.2 3.5 3.1 110 96 87
    RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
    800 223 412 5.30 1.51 3.46 68
    1000 194 359 6.30 2.27 3.01 67
    1500 142 262 9.20 4.16 2.20 69
    2000 86 159 11.70 8.71 1.34 74
    2500 71 130 16.90 15.52 1.10 81
    3000 123 227 33.50 17.79 1.90 83
    3500 134 248 43.60 21.20 2.07 83
    4000 130 241 51.20 25.36 2.02 82
    4500 114 211 57.60 32.55 1.77 84
    4900 96 177 62.90 42.40 1.49 87

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total 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. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    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

    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

    Systems

    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

    Canvas

    Bimini Top Optional
    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Warranty

    Hull Warranty
    Transferable
    Limited lifetime
    Yes

    Deck Warranty
    Limited 5 year
    Engine Warranty
    2 year limited
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