|Deadrise/Transom||18 deg.||Water Cap||
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|Std. Power||2 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
2 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Capt. Steve Says…
I love looking at the world through boat colored glasses. You can see a boat and immediately get a feel for the fun days you can have, and the places you’ll go. Such is the case with Bayliner’s new 300. For the upgrade on a budget, this boat was tailor made. The cockpit is typically arranged with L-seating to starboard, and a lounger to port. I like the removable cooler to load the day’s supplies in one trip, and there’s an entertainment center with sink and running water just above the cooler storage.
The kids won’t be far away as the port side door to the swim platform is close at hand and the swim platform extends past the outdrives for safety when jumping in. A fresh water shower cleans off the salt.
Needless frills are few and far between but so are the high payments. The Bayliner 300 has a capacity of 10 and sleeps 6.
The overhead arch has a standard bimini with boot, and most users will be adding Isinglass to fill the void above the windshield. Bayliner also adds the camper canvas package as standard making the aft deck a comfortable sleeping area on those cool nights. This is an important and valuable piece of standard equipment because it extends the season, and eliminates the whining from people afraid of a little rain
The helm features full instrumentation, and I do mean full. There’s a single speedo and fuel gauge. Everything else; the oil pressure, tachometer, temperature gauge, trim gauge, and voltmeter are x 2. The custom molded dash panels are non-glare, and the compass is right in line with your sight line, rather than mounted down low as an afterthought. Trim tab controls are electric over hydraulic, and the steering is power assisted rack and pinion. And here I go again… there’s a stereo remote at the helm rather than the stereo. Note to all builders, save the remotes for the transom or someplace else.
Here’s a nicely laid out helm. Gauges are all in sight lines and check out the breaker switches below. All easily accessible without removing any panels. We’d like to see a bit more for an arm rest to make incremental throttle adjustments easier. You can just make out the armrest on the right of the shot. One safety lanyard for both engines would suffice as well.
Sleeping arrangements are met with the forward V-berth and the double berth aft in the mid cabin. The dinette table lowers to convert the settee into another bed for a total of 6 sleeping on a 10 person capacity boat.
Frankly, I’d stick kids in the cockpit in sleeping bags under the protection of the camper canvas. Or, leave them at home… hmmmm. [We apologize for Capt. Steve as we’re sure this is just a lame stab at a little humor. Capt. Steve really loves kids and likes to see them on boats. – Ed.]
I like that the table is removable, since no one eats down here, and it really opens up the space when it’s out. The stereo is down here, with a remote at the helm (did I mention that), as is the TV/DVD Package with15" flat screen LCD. The single head is shared by all so knock before entering. For cleanliness while the boat rocks, gentlemen will kindly remain seated for the duration of the performance.
Now We’re Cooking…
The galley features an alcohol/electric two burner stove with removable cover. I’d like to see the cover be hinged, as there’s never any place to put it. The stainless steel sink is also covered and the galley is rounded out with a microwave and a dual voltage refrigerator. I like the sole its teak and holly sole. It’s all too easy to put faux wood there and save a few bucks, but Bayliner has spent your money wisely.
Power to the People…
The Bayliner 300 comes standard with twin 220-hp 4.3L MPI MerCruisers with dual prop Bravo III outdrives. Not surprisingly, there are options to this. Start with fresh water cooling (add $2,886) and go up to twin 260-hp 5.0L MPI MerCruisers with Bravo III’s and Axius, for joystick docking control, and SeaCore, for corrosion protection (add $29,436). You could save a lot of money by just learning how to dock with twin screws, and if you're boating in fresh water you don’t need the SeaCore (otherwise we’d get it for saltwater applications.)
Her vital statistics feature an LOA of 30'6" (9.30 m), a beam of 10'0" (3.05 m), and a draft of 3'4" (1.02 m). She carries a fuel capacity of 120 gal (454.2 L), and holds 30 gal (113.6 L) of water. With her standard engine, the Bayliner 300 displaces 9,098 lbs. (4,127 kg).
Frankly, I look forward to a test of this boat. As a New Englander, I can see trips to Nantucket or Block Island being not only well within reach of this boat, but within the realm of affordability for just about anyone. With a MSRP base price of $115,335.00, it’s the second home most of us dream about, and the view can’t be beat.
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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|Years||5-tear Limited Structural Hull Warranty|
|Price as Tested||$115,335.00|