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(w/ 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI )

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Baja 202 Islander
Baja 202 Islander

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The 202 is new for 2003 and is Baja’s entry-level model to their Islander line. She’s a versatile platform for watersports and day cruising.

Key Features

  • Bucket seats which slide and swivel
  • Walkthrough windshield
  • Swim Platform
  • Ski Tow
  • Stereo with CD player
  • Full instrumentation with Teleflex Gauges

Specifications

Baja 202 Islander Specifications
Length Overall 20' 4'' Dry Weight 3,000 lbs.
Beam 7' 10'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 2' 10'' Fuel Cap 50 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance 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

Baja 202 IslanderEngine options
Std. Power 1x 220-hp MerCruiser 5.0L
Tested Power 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI
Opt. Power 1x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI

Baja 202 Islander Photo Gallery

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This bowrider glides over the water.

A view of the bow.

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Delivers a smooth ride throughout the rpm range.

With a deadrise of 21 degrees, this deep V allows her to really carve the turns, rather than skidding through them.

Comfortable accommodations.

The 202’s cockpit features a full-length bench seat aft of the operator and passenger chairs, which doubles as a storage unit, with a fair amount of room for waterskis and gear.

Baja 202 Islander Captain's Report

Tested by Capt. Chris Kelly

The Baja 202 Islander has come into 2003 with a whole new attitude. They’ve added more space in the bow, which takes the style we have become familiar with in the Outlaw 20, as a singles and couples boat, and turned it into a great model for the family as well. This Islander 202 is going to give the most popular of Baja’s smaller boats, the Outlaw 20’, some real competition in the market place, and on the water.

Cockpit

The 202’s cockpit features a full-length bench seat aft of the operator and passenger chairs, which doubles as a storage unit, with a fair amount of room for waterskis and gear. The bench seat cushions are colorful and provide plenty of padding for a comfortable day out on the water. To take full advantage of your fun in the sun Baja has provided a sun pad just aft of the bench seat across the transom.

Helm

The 202’s helm is simple and straightforward. Five chrome-oversized gauges are laid out cleanly on the dash making them clearly visible and easy to read. You’ll appreciate the ease in which you’re able to trim up the boat with the trim control mounted directly on the wheel. Morse provides the anodized aluminum throttle and shift, and to finish off the helm area, Baja has provided an operator’s seat that swivels and slides, allowing you to make the adjustments necessary for a personalized ride.

Bow

The walk-through windshield provides access to the bow where you’ll notice additional space offered by the new 202 Islander as compared to the previous model making this more of a family boat, rather than just a sportboat. Not only is there ample seating in the bow, but beneath the seating is a good amount of storage for life jackets and other necessary gear. No space is wasted on this model. Where most boats have an anchor chain locker in the bow, Baja has made room to store an ice chest for refreshments. A nice touch especially for the crew sitting forward.

Engine and Specs

Upon opening the engine hatch you’ll appreciate the no-nonsense set-up. This engine compartment is nicely laid out to make everything accessible. Oil fill, dipstick, power steering and spark plugs are all within easy reach, making maintenance a breeze.

The 202 Islander has an overall length of 21 feet 11 inches, and a beam of 7 feet 10 inches. With a deadrise of 21 degrees, this deep V allows her to really carve the turns, rather than skidding through them. And with a draft of 3’0" she can easily be brought up to a beach for a picnic.

Performance and Ride

Our test boat was equipped with a single 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI coupled with an Alpha One transmission. She delivered a run for her money with a top speed of 56.8 mph at 4800 rpm, and best cruise of 23 mph turning 2500 rpm. At this speed you can expect to travel 186 miles between fuel stops.

I must say that the 202 Islander is ideal for boaters just getting into the sport, because she’s easy to handle and very maneuverable. And although she’s the smallest in the Islander line she sure made a big impression when it came to her speed and stability out on our test run.

Baja 202 Islander Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Baja 202 Islander is 56.8 mph (91.4 kph), burning 18.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 69.64 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Baja 202 Islander is 23.0 mph (37 kph), and the boat gets 4.14 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.76 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 186 miles (299.34 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 260-hp MerCruiser 5.0L MPI.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

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Standard and Optional Equipment

Baja 202 Islander Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Ice Chest Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Baja 202 Islander Warranty

Baja 202 Islander Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure 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 5-year Limited Warranty
Transferable Yes - Limited
Link http://www.bajamarine.com/index.asp?display=ownerswarranty&tab=4&
Deck Warranty
Years 5-year Limited Warranty
Link http://www.bajamarine.com/index.asp?display=ownerswarranty&tab=4&
Engine Warranty
Years None
Powertrain Warranty
Years None
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 3-Year Limited Warranty
Blistering Warranty
Years 3-Year Limited Warranty
Link http://www.bajamarine.com/index.asp?display=ownerswarranty&tab=4&
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification IQ Certified

Baja 202 Islander Price

Baja 202 Islander Price
Pricing Range $27,893.00
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.

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