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Bayliner 160 BR (2014-)
(w/ 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke)

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There are two major things that discourage people from getting into boating: 1)The cost; and, 2) lack of experience driving a boat. With its 160 BR Bayliner tries to considerably lower both of those hurtles. First, its MSRP starts as low as $12,399. Second, with its standard 60-hp outboard which is not over-powered, and its stable hull, thee are -- frankly -- few ways to get into trouble with this boat. It is as easy as driving a car, and that was the general idea of the designers.

Key Features

  • Sport seating standard
  • Surprisingly spacious - wide 7’ 2” beam
  • Easy access to bow and transom
  • Deep freeboard - added safety
  • Full safety-glass windshield
  • Waterproof cockpit components
  • Mercury outboard power
  • KidClean vinyl protection
  • Cored composite stringers
  • Heavy-duty windshield frame design
  • Beam forward hull design


Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Specifications
Length Overall 16' 2''
4.93 m
Dry Weight 1,289 lbs.
585 kg w/ engine
Beam 7' 2''
2.18 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 2' 7''
0.79 m
Weight Capacity N/A
Draft Up N/A Person Capacity N/A
Draft Down N/A Fuel Capacity 18 gal.
68 L
Air Draft N/A Water Capacity none
Deadrise/Transom 16 deg. Length on Trailer N/A
Max Headroom open Height on Trailer N/A
Bridge Clearance 3' 5''
1.04 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 160 BR (2014-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke
Tested Power 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke
Opt. Power 1 x 90-hp Mercury OptiMax
1 x 90-hp Mercury Four-Stroke

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Captain's Report

Bayliner 160 OB

The Bayliner 160 OB is probably as pain-free as boating is ever going to get.

Capt. Steve Says...

It’s a true story that I began my boating life on a 16’ (4.88 m) outboard. It gave me a sense of freedom that a bicycle never could, and it was a rare summer day that my best friend and I wouldn’t load that boat with a six pack of Dr. Pepper and a package of Oreos and explore every nook and cranny of Cape Cod’s coastline. Even today, I look back fondly on those days, and think of how lucky I was that I had parents who allowed me the time and freedom to grow up in this manner.

Bayliner 160 OB

As Simple As It Gets

You can’t get much simpler than a 16’ (4.88 m) outboard. A large part of what takes the enjoyment out of boating, for most people, is maintenance, and also making payments on a boat that is not used much. On this boat, as long as you keep it clean, it should work fine, and it is so low-cost that if you aren’t paying cash, your payments won’t bother you on weekends that you don’t use it.

This is the kind of boating that takes the pain out of what you’re doing and brings back the good times. That’s also a perfect recipe for older folks ready to relax and explore remote areas of our waterways – there’s just nothing like puttering around on the water enjoying the day. And, for the kids... well, I suppose you could get into trouble on this boat but you’d really have to work at it and add a healthy dose of careless. I am a great believer in giving youngsters good boat handling experience, and then once they have proven they can handle a boat, letting them go out on their own. It is a wonderful confidence-builder.

Bayliner 160 BR

Basic Systems

In this case, it’s a simple matter of a basic electrical system and fuel system. That’s it. Anything else you could possibly worry about has to be something you brought onboard with you. As far as the electrical goes, if you boat in salt water, just spray a protectant on the connections.

The only electrical components are the bilge pump, nav lights, anchor lights, horn, and ignition. A single battery is under the bench seat to starboard and you can see it charging in the dash-mounted meter. If the needle goes up, you’re good to go.

Bayliner 160 OB

A worry-free layout of seating for five, one of them behind a helm. Steering and throttle are the only real components to master.

For fuel, as long as you have some, the standard Mercury Optimax will run. The 160 OB comes with an 18 gallon (68.14 L) fuel tank that runs straight to the outboard. Keep the needle off the “E” side of the gauge and worries will be few. A full tank will keep you running over 7 hours at a cruise speed of 21.6 mph. That translates into a range of 142 miles between fill ups. At $3 a gallon, $54 will go a long way indeed.

Bayliner 160 OB

Moreover, it’s hard for me not to see the advantage of tossing the keys to a youngster and turning him or her loose. Check your local state laws for minimum age and licensing requirements. As I already stated, it’s hard to get into trouble on this boat.

Storage is limited, as with any 16’ (4.88 m) boat, and that’s a strong argument for wearing a PFD rather than stowing it. Two small compartments in the bow will hold an anchor and line to one side and perhaps emergency equipment in the other. Aft, under the bench seat, is additional storage but again it will fill up quickly and it’s not enclosed. Remember, every boat has required equipment to carry and the less that can go in storage the better. Wear your PFD.

Bayliner 160 OB

The Handling

This aspect of the Bayliner 160 OB left no surprises either. There are no breakneck speeds to be achieved, certainly not with the standard engine, and that’s seems fine with this boat. Top speed was, in fact, just 33.8 mph and it took a bit of fiddling with the trim and a little bit of patience to get it there with full fuel and two adults onboard. Time to plane was 4.6 seconds.

It really is a docile boat, which only adds to its appeal for the typical customer looking to keep in the slow lane. Even hard turns were met with little fanfare. As the turn increases, so does the bank angle until it reaches a point where the propeller starts to ventilate and the engine over- revs. This automatically slows the boat down and you then have to slow the engine down. If you tried to get into a hard turn that passengers would find uncomfortable, the boat simply says, “you don’t want to do that and I’m not going to let you.” You basically have two choices. Turn slower or let the boat slow down for you. It’s that simple and it’s a feature that should be considered an asset to the parents that let their kids take the boat for a ride or the trip of exploration and discovery.

It is also nice to remember that all powerboats 20’ or under with a motor over 2-hp must float level when swamped.

Bayliner 160 OB


If all this sounds like a love fest for a boat that deserves little praise due to its limited size and performance, then so be it. I left my test of the Bayliner 160 OB with a feeling of affection and praise that I haven’t felt for a boat in a long time. Certainly it had everything to do with my history, but the benefits of this gentle craft left no mistake in my mind that it has a place in the world and will be well received. The fact is, as I was leaving, I turned one last time for a parting look and sincerely thought that this is one boat that I wanted to take home for my daughter. She’d love it and I’d love seeing her in it.

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) is 33.8 mph (54.4 kph), burning 5.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 18.92 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) is 21.6 mph (34.8 kph), and the boat gets 8.80 miles per gallon (mpg) or 3.74 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 142 miles (228.53 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.

Standard and Optional Equipment

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Standard and Optional Equipment
CD Stereo Optional
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Warranty

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) 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.

Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Price

Bayliner 160 BR (2014-) Price
Pricing Range $12,399.00
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 Results   (Printer Friendly Page)

Test Power: 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke
RPM MPH Knots Total GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM   KM    KPH    LPH    KPL   dBA
730 2.2 1.9 0.1 21.5 21.5 348 303 560 3.50 0.38 9.14 68
1000 3.3 2.9 0.2 16.5 14.4 267 232 430 5.30 0.76 7.01 69
1500 5.1 4.4 0.4 12.6 11.0 205 178 330 8.20 1.51 5.37 72
2000 6.3 5.4 0.6 10.4 9.1 169 147 272 10.10 2.27 4.43 75
2500 7.2 6.2 1.2 6.2 5.4 101 88 163 11.60 4.54 2.64 80
3000 9.2 8.0 1.6 5.8 5.0 93 81 150 14.80 6.06 2.44 81
3500 15.7 13.7 2.0 8.1 7.0 130 113 209 25.30 7.57 3.42 83
4000 21.6 18.7 2.5 8.8 7.7 142 124 229 34.80 9.46 3.74 84
4500 25.5 22.1 3.1 8.3 7.3 135 118 217 41.00 11.73 3.55 90
5000 28.9 25.1 4.0 7.2 6.3 117 102 188 46.50 15.14 3.07 89
5500 32.2 28.0 4.7 6.8 6.0 111 96 179 51.80 17.79 2.91 90
5650 33.8 29.4 5.0 6.8 5.9 111 96 179 54.40 18.93 2.90 92

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Test Conditions

Test Power: 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke
Time To Plane 4.6 sec.
0 to 30 N/A
Test Power 1 x 60-hp Mercury Four-Stroke
Transmission N/A
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 persons, Fuel: Full, Water: none, Gear: minimal
Climate Temp: 77 deg., humidity: 64%, wind: calm, seas: calm

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