Captain's ReportNo Bluff, “Poker Face” Wins Big for BajaBy Capt. Bob SmithPoker Face has won just about every race it has entered since hitting the waves. After a quick run, I can see why. I had the pleasure of going to a media event in Sanibel, FL, recently to find out if Poker Face was for real.Our first run on the 35 Outlaw made a believer out of me as she was on plane and knew full throttle very quickly. When we made our turn at the end of the course, the driver simply pulled back to ¾ throttle and made a near-hairpin turn without a skip or a slide. What an incredibly smooth ride and thrilling experience!Specs and Engine OptionsThe 35 Poker Run Edition is 35 feet of pure adrenaline. When you add the swim platform, she stretches out to 37’1”. She measures 8’6” across the beam, yet the Baja 35 Outlaw feels bigger when riding in the comfort of the wrap-around performance seats. She weighs about 7,100 lbs. and draws 41”. Using carbon fiber production, Baja shed 1,000 pounds from the weight of Poker Face. For those long runs, you can top off the 142-gallon capacity tanks before launching. Twin 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnums are standard for this model. You can opt for up to three other packages, including 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnum HOs, 500-hp MerCruiser 525 EFIs or the monster 600-hp MerCruiser 600SCIs. Poker Face has the twin 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnums—and she is winning everything, so I can’t imagine what would happen with 1,200 horses under the hood! This boat commands attention at the dock even before she lights the fires. The custom exterior paint job carries into the engine box.ConstructionThe Outlaw is built to last—and to win races. Baja starts with an innovative stringer liner system, increasing rigidity and unitizing the hull for durability and go-fast capabilities. The True-V hull proved itself on the water, completing tight turns at high speeds. The builder has balanced lift with cornering ability, enabling the driver to handle the boat with confidence in all situations.Cockpit and HelmThe 35 Outlaw has seating for eight with a large bench across the stern with integrated head rests and air scoops and two drop-away Aero Bolster seats. Jumbo stainless cup holders will keep your beverages in check at anchor, but I wouldn’t want to have an open container underway! Cockpit carpet is optional and a custom fiberglass dash console is standard on the Poker Run edition. Custom painted gauge trim rings are standard on the Poker Run Edition as well as a custom dash panel. Livorsi split shift/throttle performance controls are standard and gauges are red backlit for night runs. Anodized trim tab indicators are also standard. A Clarion Performance AM/FM/CD is standard with a driver’s remote control. The list of options is very long, so you can easily make your own one-of-a-kind version.In the CabinWhile you probably will spend most of your time topside, the Poker Run does have a surprisingly spacious interior. When you need to relax for a catnap or feel compelled to stay overnight, there’s room for two in the accommodations below. Carpeting is standard and the convertible seating is 7’ in length. PerformanceWe tested Poker Face on a relatively calm day, but had the chance to jump some wakes, including our own in the turn. One of my measures of how smooth a ride is involves looking at whether I can read my notes at the end of the run. Well, let’s say these notes were among the cleanest I have ever written. We hit a maximum of 85.1 mph with a full tank of fuel and three rather large fellows on board. For cruise speed, I found at 3500 rpm she was running 53.9 mph for a range of 162 mph. She planed in 4.6 seconds and completed a 0 to 30 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds. Once on plane, she is reaching for the top end in a matter of 3 or 4 more seconds.With Baja’s 35 Outlaw, why follow the rules when you can make your own and have others follow your wake, if they can catch up! Poker Face rules!
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Baja 35 Outlaw Poker Run Edition is 85.1 mph (137 kph), burning 83.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 314.53 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Baja 35 Outlaw Poker Run Edition is 53.9 mph (86.7 kph), and the boat gets 1.27 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.54 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 162 miles (260.71 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 500-hp MerCruiser 525 EFI.
Standard and Optional Features
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|