Bayliner has created a boat with all the elbow room of a pontoon but built on a cat-like fiberglass hull that performs well in a chop and excels for water sports, says Bayliner marketing brand manager Michael Yobe. And the 26-foot, 3-inch Element XR7 is comparable in price to many 22-foot pontoons, Yobe says.
Bayliner traded the typical pontoon running surface for its patent-pending M-hull — used for its 16- and 18-foot Element models — which delivers greater seaworthiness, agility and overall performance, says Yobe. “The XR7 has a more evolved look, compared to the typical pontoon, and can excel in coastal waters, for sure,” he says. “We call it an ‘all-water’ boat.’ ”
The high sides are gelcoat-finished fiberglass, and Bayliner packed the boat with seating and storage, a head in the console, an oversized swim platform and two centerline lockers for water toys. The simple but generous seating arrangement puts lounges on the port and starboard sides in the bow and cockpit, leaving a clear center path from bow to stern. The driver sits at a raised starboard helm station.
The XR7 is powered with a standard single Mercury 150 FourStroke or an optional 200-hp Mercury Verado. The boat topped out at 42 mph with the 200 and 36 mph with the 150 in initial testing, says Yobe. Base price is $39,799 with the 150. Contact: Bayliner, Knoxville, Tennessee, (865) 582-2315. baylinerboats.com
March 2015 issue