Captain's ReportThe Baja fleet has a new queen: the triple-engine 442. You can, of course, order the Baja 442 with twin engines, but where would be the fun in that?There’s plenty of room for triple motors in the engine compartment, and you still have good access to work on them. The motor mounts are heavy-duty aluminum. Our test boat had MerCruiser 454 MPIs, but a wide range of stern drives are available, up to triple 500 Bulldogs.It’s a classic deep-V performance boat with a sharp entry and 24 degrees of deadrise at the transom. This helps it knife through offshore seas without getting skittish at high speeds. But rather than the standard eight-foot beam, it has a wider nine-foot- six-inch beam, allowing room for the luxury accommodations below.Out on our test track, the triple 385-hp MerCruisers give the 442 a cruise speed of 39.4 mph at 3000 rpm, and a top end of 66.9 mph at 5000 rpm. The decibel level is pretty good thanks to the Captain’s call exhaust and the swim platform which helps deflect the exhaust downward. At best cruise she’ll run for about 257 miles, which should be plenty for your next poker run.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Baja 442 (Not in Production) is 66.9 mph (107.7 kph), burning 107.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 405.37 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Baja 442 (Not in Production) is 39.4 mph (63.4 kph), and the boat gets 0.96 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.41 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 257 miles (413.6 kilometers).
- Tested power is 3 x 415-hp MerCruiser 502 MPI (Bravo I).
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Clarion Performance Stereo|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet