|Deadrise/Transom||17 deg.||Water Cap||N/A|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||
|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||1 x 115-hp Mercury Four-Stroke|
1 x 115-hp Mercury EFI 4-Stroke
1 x 150-hp Mercury EFI 4-Stroke
By Capt. Steve--
The 190 DB is one of two new outboard-powered deckboats offered by Bayliner.
The mission of the Bayliner 190 DB is to increase Bayliner's competitiveness in the popular, and highly competitive, deckboat market. Where previously we've seen Bayliner’s deckboats as simply open hulls with a lot of seating, now we're seeing much more functionality and creativity from the brand. Based on customer feedback Bayliner discovered that over 30% of the dayboat market spends most of the day at the stern of the boat. For that reason, Bayliner focused on the aft seating at the swim platform.
The Bayliner 190 DB comes standard with a smoked windscreen, but the wraparound windshield is offered as an option.
• Outboard Power. This marks a new mindset from Bayliner. The brand has long been defined by sterndrive powered boats, but this 190 DB is 1 of 3 models that are designed to be powered by outboards.
• Rated Capacity for 10. L-shaped seating in the cockpit and a wide bow that carries the beam well forward allows for plenty of seating inside the 190 DB.
• Stern for Watersports. Historically, outboard powered sportboats have had puny to virtually non-existent swim platforms making towing sports and even swimming off the stern problematical. By creating both an integral platform in the stern and adding a standard, extra-long swim platform port and starboard, Bayliner has provided the surface area needed to make the stern user friendly. In my opinion, this is the genius of the design.
• Flight Series Package. This optional package adds watersports functionality with the wakeboard tower, racks, integrated Bimini top with boot, swim platform extension, a color choice of Black, Red and Blue (including deck gel stripe), hull side graphics and a stainless steel upgrade package.
• Fishing Package. This package adds fishing functionality to the 190 DB with a fore casting platform, pedestal seats, livewell and a bow trolling motor.
• Windshield or No Windshield. Buyers can choose between having an optional wraparound windshield with a center walkthrough or a standard small windscreen over the helm console.
• Two Engine Options. Engine choices are Mercury 115-hp and 150-hp. We tested her with the 115-hp engine.
• Exposed Head. Under the port lounge seating is an optional Porta-Potti. We suggest opting for the Bimini top which comes with a change curtain for privacy.
• Compartmentalized storage. The usual storage compartments are located under the bow seats, but this time they feature a unique twist. Bayliner inserted removable dividers that separate the compartments into three individual storage spaces. This is a feature we've never seen before and the utility and functionality of it became immediately apparent as soon as the cushion was removed.
• "Pontoon-Style" Seating. This is a new term Bayliner has coined to describe what amounts to fore-and-aft bench seating on the port side of the cockpit. Other deckboats have something similar, but the Bayliner 190 DB bench seat can hold a Porta-Potti, cooler, or plastic container for water toys.
• Hull Gel -- Black, Patriot Blue or Red. One of the elements that gives the 190 DB its sizzle is its Black, Patriot Blue and Red graphics which are standard.
Here’s a sight that’s new to Bayliner deckboats… outboard power replacing the sterndrive.
The Bayliner 190 DB has an LOA of 18'7" (5.66 m), a beam of 8'1" (2.46 m) and a draft of 16” (40.6 cm). With an empty weight of 3,040 lbs. (1379 kgs.), 35 gallons (132.5 L) of fuel and two people on board we had a test weight of 3,670 lbs. (1,665 kgs.).
With the bow being squared-off there is much more room for seating. Below the rub-rail she’s all V-hull.
With a 115-hp Mercury 4-stroke turning a 13.4 x 15 4-bladed prop we reached a top speed at 6400 rpm of 35.8 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 11.25 gph giving us a range of 100 miles. Best cruise came in at 4500 rpm and 22.8 mph. That reduced the fuel burn to only 4.65 gph, which the 190 DB could keep up for six hours and 48 minutes and 154 miles while still maintaining a 10% reserve. We reached planing speed in 3.7 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 7.7 seconds, and continued accelerating to 30 mph by 11.8 seconds.
I measured a 16-degree bow rise on acceleration which kept the horizon in view at all times. Once up on plane, bring the trim to just above the one quarter mark on the gauge to get the 190 DB into her 5-degree bow high cruising attitude. If the trim is brought up any higher the propeller will quickly ventilate. It's also quite easy to ventilate the propeller during any maneuvers so be sure to bring the trim back down before doing any turns. And don't be shy about adding power in the turns because the 190 does tend to bleed off a lot of speed during maneuvers.
Notice how the 190 DB maintains a level attitude when launching off the wake of the camera boat.
Fully forward the 190 DB consists of a flat deck that can be used as a casting platform or, for that matter, a dive platform for a family swim. Two storage compartments to either side are self draining and flank a center, concealed, three-step beach reboarding ladder. The optional fishing package takes advantage of this foredeck by using it not only as a casting deck, but as a mounting point for an electric trolling motor.
The bow of the 190 DB lends itself well to a crossover between family fun and fishing. Here is an excellent casting platform.
There’s no shortage of storage on the 190 DB. Here there is ample room for anchor and rode, plus room left over for fenders and lines.
The seating area of the bow is characteristic of a deckboat with plenty of open space thanks to carrying the beam fully forward. There is storage under all seat cushions but Bayliner went with compartmentalized storage consisting of removable dividers. This has a definite advantage in that it prevents items from being thrown all about in an open compartment and it also allows for separation of different categories of gear.
The bow is representative of a typical deckboat with plenty of open space.
The bow seating has the usual accommodations for storage, but notice how Bayliner went with removable dividers for compartmentalizing the space.
The bow seats are at a comfortable 20-degree recline. The speaker covers are part of the optional stainless package.
Bayliner took good advantage of the 8'1" (2.46 m) beam and allowed for 20” (51 cm) of space between the two consoles. A smoked windscreen in front of the helm console is standard. Our test boat was fitted with the optional wraparound walkthrough windshield.
At no-wake speed the windshield frame was right in my line of sight, but at the 5-degree bow-high cruise attitude I was looking directly through the center of the glass.
Bayliner also did away with the "same old same old" helm console and replaced it with a much more functional and completely redesigned helm. Black faced gauges with black bezels are mounted to a carbon fiber panel. The port gauge is a 3-in-1 consisting of a large speedometer with a smaller voltmeter and fuel gauge embedded within. A large tachometer is to starboard with the trim gauge being in the center of the panel. An empty space below the trim gauge can be used to house an optional digital depth indicator.
Bayliner completely redesigned the helm console for better ergonomics and functionality.
A 25-quart (23.7 L) carry-on cooler has a dedicated spot inside the helm console.
Below the gauges is a covered compartment. This is one of the few boats that I've seen that correctly utilizes this dead space in the dash, and it's a refreshing addition. Two drink holders are to either side. The stereo remote is to port, right next to the 12V outlet. The MP3 port however, is all the way over to the other side of the panel. This really needs to be moved over to a position adjacent to the 12V supply. Otherwise any MP3 player will have two wires stretching to opposite ends of the panel. The leather wrapped three spoke-wheel is mounted to a tilt base.
The gauges have taken on a more modern look with black faces and bezels. They’re mounted to a carbon-fiber panel. A space below the trim gauge accommodates an optional depth gauge.
I always love a place to put stuff at the helm. Here, Bayliner created covered storage that’s even padded at the bottom. Great place to drop your cell phone.
A switch panel to the left of the wheel is clearly a holdover from previous designs as it still contains an empty switch space for the, now non-existent, blower. She's an outboard, remember?
Between the consoles is 6'5" (1.95 m) of sole storage with a depth of 12” (30.5 cm) and an opening measuring 3’ 4" x 14" (1 m x 36 cm). The hatch is hinged from the front so it can be accessed from both sides and is held open by a gas assist strut.
A portside lounge seat will allow for a comfortable spot to observe the end of the towline, or the wake shrinking in the distance. The cushion is easily removable thanks to a strap, fitted to the front of every cushion, and exposes a storage compartment just aft of an open space that can be used to hold either a removable plastic bin or an optional Porta-Potti.
The port seatback lifts to reveal access to the storage in the port console.
The recessed area at the top of the port console is padded for holding “stuff” and condensation from the chilled drinks or rain water drains into the bilge.
The plastic bins can be found at any department store and buying several will allow for them to be filled with items consistent with the day’s mission, whether the plan is for fishing, swimming, or playing at a remote beach. The Porta-Potti certainly offers little in the way of privacy but more often than not, the 190 DB can easily be evacuated for nature’s call, if everyone isn't already in the water or on the beach.
All the seat cushions now have a strap sewn in making it easier to lift the cushions out.
Beneath the port lounge seat is room for storage bins or, in this case, an optional Porta-Potti.
To the stern is four-across bench seating with additional storage underneath. The battery switches are also located inside the storage compartment.
The seating in the cockpit is spaced well so the 190 DB feels roomy.
The cockpit is safe for the kids with 34” (86.4 cm) of average depth. This is deep for a 19' deckboat.
The walkthrough to the stern is up two 9” (22.9 cm) steps and is 14” (36 cm) wide. A courtesy light is positioned to one side of the walkthrough and our test boat was fitted with an optional transom shower to the other side, behind the boarding gate. The shower is plumbed to a 10 gallon (38 L) water tank. The deck of the walkthrough consists of a hatch that opens to a self-draining insulated wet-storage compartment.
The walkthrough to the stern features a wet storage compartment in the deck. A courtesy light is to one side, an optional shower is behind the gate.
The wet storage compartment is self draining. What a great spot for holding masks, snorkels, wet bathing suits and towels.
Because this is an outboard powered boat, there are dual swim platforms to either side. What sets the 190 DB apart is the fact that these extended platforms are a bit longer than usual and there is also a "walk around" platform to make it easier to get past the outboard. The starboard platform has a recessed three-step reboarding ladder. The portside transom also forms a comfortable aft facing seat that makes a convenient spot to relax while watching the kids, or the sunset. A storage compartment is concealed inside the seatback and accessed via a top-mounted hatch. The base of the compartment is removable to access the battery.
Powered by the Mercury 115-hp EFI 4-stroke outboard, the 190 DB has an MSRP of $21,299 including freight, fees, fuel surcharge and selected options. Power can be upgraded to a Mercury 150-hp EFI 4-stroke for about an additional $4,214.
Special watersport and fishing packages can turn the boat into a specialized machine and they run from 3k to 4k more.
The portside of the engine is molded into a seat with storage inside the seatback.
Bayliner is serious about competing in the deckboat market and as such is moving beyond its previous policy of keeping the line all stern-drive powered. With the re-design the models are also embracing the “coving” trend with added seating at the swim platform and added surface area for launching watersports.
|Carpet: Cockpit||Carpet Runners|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc|
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