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Baja 245 Performance (2004-)
(w/ 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG )

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The 245 offers a combination of great looks, performance, and value. She's new for 2004 and features improved hull manufacturing techniques like a full fiberglass stringer system and the elimination of plywood from the cockpit upholstery. Baja has also improved the cockpit area on this model.

Key Features

  • Comfortable cockpit seating
  • Drop down bolster seats
  • Large sun pad
  • Clarion stereo with CD player
  • Custom textured surface on forward deck
  • Large V-berth area
  • Recessed bench with grab handles
  • Electrically operated engine hatch

Specifications

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) Specifications
Length Overall 24' 5'' Dry Weight 4,000 lbs.
Beam 8' 6'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 34'' Fuel Cap 80 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 23 deg. Water Cap 9 gal.
Max Headroom 4' 4'' 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 245 Performance (2004-) Photo Gallery

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A Fine Combination

The 245 Performance Series is positioned between the hardcore offshore lineup, the Outlaw, and the open bow layout known as the Islander Series.

Room for Five Adults

Friends and family can stretch out on the aft bench seat or the roomy engine hatch, which also doubles as the sun pad

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Overall Performance

Our test run cruise speed was brisk at 35.5 miles per hour at 3,000 rpm, resulting in just over 3 miles per gallon.

Baja 245 Performance (2004-)

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) Captain's Report

A Combination of Just The Right Stuff

Tested by Capt. Ron Svoboda

If you’re into performance boating, then you know the name Baja. What you may not be aware of is how many different boats Baja manufactures to suit your individual boating needs. For instance, the 245 Performance Series that we recently tested is positioned between the hardcore offshore lineup, the Outlaw, and the open bow layout known as the Islander Series.

New Features

The 245 is brand new for 2004 and features improved hull manufacturing techniques like a full fiberglass stringer system and the elimination of plywood from the cockpit upholstery. This boat will most likely be the replacement for the popular 232- model as she provides over a foot of extra length plus a much improved cockpit area.

Helm

Baja is notorious for designing sporty boats, and that styling is carried down to the details at the helm. The captain is treated to a functional and simple to use layout, with engine gauges centered above a tilt steering wheel. Mounted to starboard are the Zero-effort controls, drive and tab switches, along with a switch panel that handles the control of all the powered accessories.

Layout

Cockpit seating is comfortable and has room for five adults. The drop-bottom bolster seats can be manually adjusted for standing or seated positions, and supply forward seating for the skipper and companion. Friends and family can stretch out on the aft bench seat or the roomy engine hatch, which also doubles as the sun pad. The cockpit also features 6 cup holders and several grab handles, all within easy reach.

Cabin

Under the foredeck of the 245 is a small cabin that’s perfect for overnight trips, or just getting out of the weather. The styling of the cabin is a minimalist's dream with little to no effort exerted by the Baja designers for aesthetics. On the other hand, the basic V-berth offers a comfortable place to take a nap and conceals a storage compartment below the cushions. An optional porta-potti is available and stows conveniently under the berth.

Engine Access

At the stern of the boat, you’ll find an electrically operated engine hatch that fully exposes the engine compartment. Inside the roomy compartment, I found plenty of room to check fluids and perform routine maintenance. In addition, Baja has taken full advantage of this space to provide an anchor holder on the port side of the compartment. The 245 is also presented with an optional swim platform for water activities. Besides adding over two feet of length to the boat, the platform incorporates a folding swim ladder, ski tow eye, and a stereo remote for the Clarion CD player.

Specs

With a dry weight of 4,100 pounds the 24 foot, 5 inch long boat has a roomy beam of 8 feet 6 inches. Draft works out to be 34 inches with the Bravo sterndrive in the down position. Overall, handling and ride quality are very good with the 23- degree deadrise running surface. This is one reason Baja continues to produce boats without stepped-bottom hulls.

Performance

Our test boat was equipped with an upgraded power package, which delivered 375 horsepower. All that power accelerated the boat to a top speed of 62.5 miles per hour at 4,850 rpm. On our test run cruise speed was also brisk at 35.5 miles per hour at 3,000 rpm, resulting in just over 3 miles per gallon, giving us a range of 221 miles. Considering everything that is involved, the 245 combines performance, handling, and great looks into one package that won’t scare you off when you see the sticker price.

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Baja 245 Performance (2004-) is 62.5 mph (100.6 kph), burning 29.6 gallons per hour (gph) or 112.04 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Baja 245 Performance (2004-) is 35.5 mph (57.1 kph), and the boat gets 3.07 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.31 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 221 miles (355.67 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG.
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 245 Performance (2004-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Marine Electronics
GPS/Chart Optional Livorsi
Systems
CD Stereo Standard Clarion
Head: Portable Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Shower Optional
Canvas
Cockpit Cover Optional Sunbrella

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) Warranty

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) 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 245 Performance (2004-) Price

Baja 245 Performance (2004-) Price
Pricing Range $57,446.00
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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