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|Tested Power||1 x 150-hp Mercury FourStroke|
1 x 150-hp Mercury EFI 4-stroke
1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke
1 x 200-hp Mercury DFI OptiMax
By Captain Steve--
The forward 75% of the Bayliner 210 DB is pretty much the same as her near sister -- the 215 DB sterndrive -- but the aft 25% makes all the difference.
Bayliner is addressing several trends at once with its 210 DB outboard.
• First, deckboats which have been around for 20 years show no signs of going away, so Bayliner is jumping into this market more aggressively than ever before.
• Second, pretty much everyone in the boating industry now acknowledges an increasing trend to outboard power in smaller sportboats.
• Third, as more builders target the "affordable/value" category of sportboats, simply having a low price is no longer enough to compete successfully.
With the 210 DB outboard Bayliner, with one stroke it has addressed all of these issues with a boat that means business in a number of ways. Most importantly, Bayliner has addressed perhaps the biggest issue of all when it comes to an outboard sportboat -- making the stern user-friendly.
The 210 DB outboard is essentially the same boat as the Bayliner 215 DB sterndrive except for the stern section. Consumers wanting to stick with traditional sterndrive power and layout in this type boat should look at the Bayliner 215 DB. Those who are enamored with the idea of outboard power should consider the 210. Different strokes for different folks.
The Bayliner 210 DB is available with either the standard smoked glass windscreen over the helm (top image) or with an optional walkthrough windshield (middle image) or with the optional fishing package (bottom image).
• Capacity for 12. Massive L-shaped seating in the cockpit and a wide bow that carries the 8'6'' (2.59 m) beam well forward allows for plenty of seating inside the 210 DB.
• Transom Seating. More and more we see manufacturers catering to the "coving" mindset and realizing that the transom has become one of the main gathering places while beached or at anchor. For that reason Bayliner has directed some of its design attention towards providing seating to the portside of the outboard.
• Stern Treatment. As mentioned above the 210 DB is designed to maximize platform space at the transom. More than that, she also is an outboard that has an aft-facing molded-in seat on the port side.
• Flight Series Package. This is a package that really adds to the looks and functionality of the 210 DB. It includes a collapsible tower with the tow point 6'10" (2.08 m) off the deck with an integrated Bimini top with boot. Optional board racks mounted to the outside of the tower will hold four racks in addition to any going into the usual sole storage compartment. For 2015 the package also includes full hull and bottom color and hull side graphics that, along with the forward facing tower with bimini and a stainless steel upgrade package, really adds to the "eye candy" appeal to the 210 DB.
The Flight Series package includes the hull side graphics and wakeboard tower (shown here without the board racks and integrated Bimini top).
• Fishing Package. This package adds fishing functionality to the 210 DB with bow casting platform, pedestal seat, livewell, a Lowrance fishfinder and a bow trolling motor.
• Windshield or No Windshield. Buyers can choose between having a wraparound windshield with a center walkthrough or a small windscreen over the helm console.
• Four Engine Options. A 150-hp EFI 4-stroke Mercury is standard power, but buyers can move up or go with a two-stroke engine. Choose among Mercury's 200-hp supercharged Verado or OptiMax 2-stroke engines at either 150 or 200-hp.
• Removable Storage Cubby. Under the L-shaped seating is a removable plastic storage bin. This will allow users to bring aboard a particular bin filled with the toys specific to the day’s mission, whether it is taking off to a remote beach, fishing, or simply heading out for a day of picnicking on the water.
• Flip-up Cockpit Table. Recessed into the starboard bulwarks, this table makes a great use of space and eliminates the need to find a place to store the table and pedestal.
• Hull Gel -- Black, Patriot Blue and Red. These are the standard hull colors for the 210 DB and I think they add sizzle.
The Bayliner 210 DB has an LOA of 20'7" (6.27 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). With an empty weight of 2,468 lbs. (1,573 kg), 50 gallons (189 L) of fuel and two people on board we had a test weight of 4,188 lbs. (1,899.6 kg).
The 210 DB remains comfortable in turns thanks to her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam that carries well forward. Note all of the room on the stern from which to launch watersport activities.
With the standard 150-hp Mercury FourStroke outboard turning a 15.25 x 15 three-bladed Black Max propeller, we reached a top speed at 5500 rpm of 37.8 mph. At that speed fuel burn was 14.3 gph giving us a range of 131 miles. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm and 21.6 mph. That reduced the fuel burn to only 5.4 gph which the 210 DB could keep up for 9 hours and 12 minutes and 198 miles while still maintaining a 10% reserve.
We had a quick time to plane of only 3.1 seconds, accelerated to 20 mph in 6.2 seconds and continued accelerating through 30 mph in 10.9 seconds.
The 210 DB showed a 10-degree bow rise upon acceleration, a relatively flat attitude which caused no loss of visibility to the horizon. Once on plane, bring the needle up half way to the one quarter mark on the trim gauge and she settles into a roughly 5-degree bow high cruise attitude. Even with the trim up in that low amount, the propeller will ventilate during any aggressive maneuvers. For any watersports, keep the trim down. She also tends to bleed off a lot of speed in the turns so don't be afraid to add power.
The 210 DB exhibits a minimal bow rise upon acceleration, only rising 5-degrees above her cruise attitude.
We were testing on open water in a 20 mph wind so I got a good feel of how well the 210 handles chop. She remained fairly level as we made our speed runs with minimal pounding that I didn't find it uncomfortable.
The 210 DB leans just 15-degrees into the turn at full speed. As expected, this will ventilate the propeller if left in the trimmed up position.
One of the options available for the 210 DB and all new Bayliner deckboats is a fish package. Our 210 DB test boat was fitted with this optional package and it has some interesting features. First off, the bow is prewired for an electric trolling motor. I found the motor easy to deploy and retract and it's controlled with a wireless foot switch. The motor mounts to the roomy forward casting deck. A Lowrance X4 fishfinder is mounted at the helm.
The foredeck is roomy enough to serve as an elevated casting deck.
The trolling motor is mounted to a raised pedestal at the port side of the foredeck.
A filler inserts between the bow seats to complete a lower casting deck as well as a mount for one of the two pedestal seats.
Two pedestal seats are offered with the fishing package and both have pinchless hinges.
A Lowrance X4 fishfinder completes the fishing package components.
Bayliner has found that more than 30% of day boaters spend most of their time at the stern. Whether at anchor or pulled up to a beach, this is the gathering spot when the boat is not underway. For that reason, with this new series of deckboats attention was added to the stern to make it into a more comfortable gathering spot and user-friendly for watersports.
Important Improvement. One of the Achilles' heels of outboard-powered sportboats has always been the lack of adequate swim platform space for putting on skis, wakeboards and launching towing activities. Bayliner has addressed this matter head-on by designing two long, extended swim platforms and making them standard equipment.
Because the outboard well is deep it becomes a good place to put on wakeboards and gear.
The "coving" crowd will feel right at home at the transom of the 210 DB. Note all of the surface area from which to launch watersports.
A self-draining wet storage compartment is located in the deck of the walkthrough to the cockpit.
An optional transom shower is plumbed to a 10 gallon (37.9 L) water tank. The transom door can also serve as a backrest when facing aft at anchor.
The cockpit is entered by a walkthrough to starboard and for safety the average cockpit depth is 32” (81.3 cm). The L-shaped seating surrounding the cockpit not only allows for plenty of people to gather around, but also adds to the comfort level of the 210 DB. It includes an aft facing chaise lounge and there's the usual storage under the seats with one unique exception.
L-shaped seating in the cockpit not only offers comfort but utility as well. The filler cushion is optional.
Underneath the portside seat is a removable plastic bin. This allows owners to bring aboard mission-specific bins with toys dedicated to the day’s activities. Going out fishing? Grab the fishing bin. Heading to the beach? Grab the bin with the snorkels and Frisbees.
A space for removable storage bins allows for easy packing of the day's supplies, regardless of the mission of the day.
In addition to being an excellent gathering spot, the cockpit also serves as a convenient impromptu dining area. A flip-up table is recessed into the starboard bulwarks and when deployed is within easy reach of not only the rear of the L-shaped seating but the swiveled helm seat.
A cockpit dining table is recessed into the starboard side bulwarks. The netting provides an additional storage option.
The sole storage compartment on the 210 DB is huge. It runs fore and aft 7'3" (2.2 m), has a depth of 14“ (35.6 cm) and the opening measures 40" x 14" (102 cm x 35.6 cm), easily making the compartment large enough for additional knee or wakeboard storage, and certainly large enough for skis. The hatch is held open by a gas assist strut and a latch locks automatically upon closing, as opposed to having to turn it in just the right direction.
The sole storage is definitely large enough to hold multiple wakeboards or skis.
The helm has been completely redesigned. The panel is a bright white and a smoked glass windscreen is standard. A wraparound walkthrough windshield is offered as an option, and it definitely adds to the eye appeal of the 210 DB. Gone are the dated white-faced gauges with chrome bezels and in their place are much more modern 3-in-1 gauges with a pair of smaller gauges embedded in the lower right-hand corners.
Bayliner completely redesigned the helm of this new boat with a classy and functional layout.
Dual multifunction gauges reduce clutter. The covered compartment underneath is self draining and rubber padding lines the bottom. A space below the trim gauge will accommodate an optional digital depth indicator.
A covered self draining storage compartment lies below the gauges and we always love when a builder includes a place for an operator to put "stuff". Bayliner thoughtfully added two drink holders in the panel, a nice touch as one generally gets used to holding anything but drinks. A standard stereo remote is to the left of the panel.
Dual rows of rocker switches flank the black three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel mounted to a tilt base. The only area that could use a little rethinking is how the 12V supply is on the complete opposite side of the panel from the MP3 port. This means the typical user will have a wire running across the dash, in one direction or another, from the MP3 player.
Bayliner added an armrest next to the comfortable helm seat, but it screams for a hinged top to take advantage of the open space inside for storage.
A door to the left of the console opens to reveal storage that includes dedicated space for a 25 quart (23.6 L) carry-on cooler. The door is secured with a stainless piano hinge and it closes against the gasket completely surrounding the opening to eliminate any annoying vibration while the 210 DB is underway.
A 25 quart (23.6 L) cooler gets a dedicated spot inside the helm console. Both the 210 DB and the 215 DB have the same design.
Like the 215 DB, the port console in the 210 is a roomy storage compartment that can be easily made into a head with the addition of an optional Porta-Potti. It's cramped inside with headroom measuring 3'6" (1.1 m) so it is best suited for kids and emergencies. An opening portlight in the hull provides ventilation.
The port console can be used for storage or an optional Porta-Potti converts it to a head.
The opening hull side portlight in the head compartment can clearly be seen in this exterior shot.
Like the Bayliner 215 DB, the 210 has 20” (51 cm) of space between the consoles and leads to a wide open bow that is characteristic of the deckboat genre. With the beam being carried so far forward I measured 5'11" (1.8 m) between the padded bolsters and 2'6" (.8 m) between the seat cushions. The seatbacks are raised slightly above the caprails to create a padded armrest wrapping around the bow. Speakers and grab handles are tucked underneath the side bolsters.
The bow offers plenty of room for seating and an optional filler cushion will turn the entire space into a sun pad.
Creative Storage. Like all of Bayliner's new deckboats there are movable dividers in the storage under the seats.
Forward of the bow seating is deck space with hatches over two storage compartments flanking a concealed three-step beach reboarding ladder. This not only serves as a great spot for jumping into the water, but adds to the functionality of the 210 DB should an owner choose to add the optional fishing package that will have a pedestal seat and a trolling motor in this location.
Seen here without the optional trolling motor, the bow of the 210 DB offers deep storage compartments to either side of a concealed three-step reboarding ladder.
I think that Bayliner has done a good job of overcoming the objections that some people might have to the stern utility of an outboard in a deckboat configuration. For many people that means that for the first time an outboard will be a viable option in a sportboat.
I also think that Bayliner has done a particularly good job in creating a boat that can be adapted handily to a competitive multi-specie fishing boat with the addition of the Fish Package. In this way the 210 DB becomes a true crossover boat, providing good utility for both angling and towing watersports. This makes the 210 a boat the whole family can enjoy, no matter what their proclivity.
The 210 DB is loaded with thoughtful features and many amenities that we have never seen standard on a Bayliner deckboat.
Which to Choose -- Outboard or Sterndrive? This is a subjective decision so there is no right or wrong way to go. The beauty of the matter is that Bayliner now offers consumers a choice with some very interesting options in terms of both power and amenities. My advice is to go to a Bayliner dealer and get into both models and see which one seems most appropriate for the intended application.
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