Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-)
(w/ 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L Alpha 1)

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185 Bowrider (2009-)
Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Test Video

Bayliner’s 185 represents a compilation of their customer’s request for more choice and more space; space for people and for storage. Maintaining affordability, this model carries a suggested retail price of $16,341 which leaves you room to add options and still keep the bottom line cost within reason.

Key Features

  • Bucket seating with two-position bolster
  • Fiberglass walk-thru entries at bow and transom
  • Choice of cockpit seating is available standard, optional back-toback or Sport seating configuration
  • Integral transom platform with 3-step ladder
  • Plenty of side and bow storage plus ski/wakeboard storage compartment
  • Port sleeper seat –- converts to sunlounger
  • Waterproof stereo
  • Recessed engine vents
  • New graphics available in three color choices


Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Specifications
Length Overall 18' 0''
5.49 m
Dry Weight 2,285 lbs.
1,036 kg
Beam 7' 7''
2.31 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 3' 1''
.94 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 28 gal.
106 l
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity N/A
Deadrise/Transom 19 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 7' 11
2.41 m
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Package Weight (Trailer,Boat & Engine) 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

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L Alpha 1
Tested Power 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L Alpha 1
Opt. Power 1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3 L Alpha I
1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI Alpha I

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Line Drawing


Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Photo Gallery

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Shown with Optional Wakeboard Tower

Hinged Bow Seats

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An Eyebrow Protects the Gauges

Back-to-Back Ski Seat

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Spacious Cockpit

Transom Activity Center

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Captain's Report

Bayliner 185 BR

By Capt. Rob Smith

Bayliner is doing a good job of helping more people get into boating with prices, value and packages to meet most demands. With the 185 BR, Bayliner focused on choice. While the 175 BR is designed to get you into boating with a single package in practically no choices, the 185 BR opens up the list to making choices. The 185 BR offers choices in seating arrangements in the cockpit, choices in power beneath the engine cowling, exterior color choices, fish, ski or watersports and family fun packages. Responding to feedback from customers and dealers, they have directional speakers to improve the sound, easily convertible walk-throughs and hinged bow seats so you don’t have to find a place to stow them while you rummage around looking for that bottle of sun screen.

The 185 BR offers more room at the stern to hang out, whether that is to put on the skis or just dangle your feet in the water at anchor. With the integrated and attached swim platform, you should have all the room you need. The swim ladder is tucked under the platform, although I like the ladder to be nested on top or under a cover on the top for easier access and stowing.

One of the big improvements Bayliner has made in the engine box is the gasketing around the engine box to help eliminate the chatter of raw fiberglass to fiberglass. Engine vents are tucked under the aft edge of the sunpad/engine cover to also help reduce engine noise in the cockpit. A clever walk-through system uses the seat bottom of the jump seat. Flip it over and you have a step complete with anti-skid surface and no cushion to stow. Flip it back over and slip it into slots level with the sunpad and you have extended the sunpad to a more useful size for laying out.

The cockpit is quite spacious and should fit a growing family or lots of buddies well. My test ride had the helm bucket with a back-to-back ski seat of all composite material, although a matching bucket seat is available. The dash has an eyebrow protecting the gauges making them easier to read in harsh sunlight. The 185 BR includes a standard stereo system for your on-board enjoyment. Speakers now are directional, an improvement over the ones that pointed to each other and tended to cancel out too much of the tunes. Checking out the bimini fittings, I noticed they have gone to stainless steel fittings rather than the lower grade metal or plastic fittings so these should last far longer. I would love to see them move on up to the push-button release style for even more ease of use. Storage under the gunwales and in the sole locker should manage boards, paddles and other large items well. Interior freeboard measured out to be around 31” meaning it is tougher for the little ones to lean over the gunwales and risk falling overboard unexpectedly.

Moving up to the bow, I noticed a small, yet significant change; instead of the lounger backs being hinged at the top where you have to keep two hands free to grab stuff out of the deep storage, they now are hinged along the inboard side and will stay open on their own nicely.

When I took the 185 BR for testing, I found she handled well with three guys on board. I like testing with more than most other testers do so you will have a better idea of how she should do with a more typical load aboard. She is on plane in about 3.7 seconds and up to 30 mph in 8.3 seconds. At a comfortable rate of 3000 rpm, she clocked a speed of 23.2 mph which should deliver a range of about 99 miles on a full tank. Top speed reached 41.7mph at 4800 rpm which impressed me.

The 185 BR measures 18’ 0” length overall. Her beam measures 7’7”. Standard engine in this model is the 135-hp 3L MerCruiser, but you can boost that to a 4.3L MPI. No V-8 is offered, but after driving it, I can’t see a real need for one. Hull draft is 21” and total draft is about 37”. This model has a sporty 19 degrees deadrise.

So, as you can see, the 185 BR does have choices and value. Total cost; around $16,341 base price, leaving room for adding your favorite options. Check it out today!

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) is 41.7 mph (67.1 kph), burning 9.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 35.2 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) is 23.2 mph (37.3 kph), and the boat gets 5.26 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.24 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 99 miles (159.33 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L Alpha 1.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Optional Only for 3.0L
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Warranty

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While 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 Limited Lifetime Structural Hull
Transferable Yes
Deck Warranty
Years 5-Year Limited Structural Deck
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification Meets Applicable USCG Standards

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Price

Bayliner 185 Bowrider (2009-) Price
Pricing Range $16,341.00
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.

Test numbers for this model are archived.