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Bayliner adds two models

Bayliner continues to produce boat-engine-trailer packages with affordability in mind. This year the Lake Forest, Ill., builder unveils two new boats: the Bayliner 642 and the Element XL.

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“The initial mission when we launched the [14-foot] Element about a year ago was to produce an affordable dayboat, but as we got into the first year’s success, some customers said they would like to see a bigger platform with a bit more horsepower,” Bayliner president Keith Yunger says.

The 18-foot Element XL, with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke and trailer, retails for $16,999. It can also take a 115-hp engine. The 14-foot Element is $12,599 with a 60-hp Mercury 4-stroke and trailer. Both models have padded seating from bow to stern in a hull designed to bring more stability at all speeds. The XL seats eight. The aft-facing lounges in the cockpit double as opposing port and starboard seats and should be a strong selling point for this boat, Yunger says. The Element hit the market in March.

The 21-foot 642 has become the best-selling Bayliner in Europe since it was introduced last year, says brand manager Michael Yobe. Based on its success overseas, Bayliner has introduced it in the United States. “It’s not just a runabout with a cuddy attached,” he says. “We are hearing from consumers, especially in the upper Northwest and Northeast and Great Lakes, that a cuddy makes more sense to them. There are … people looking for a boat like this that they can get out in bigger water in.” The cuddy has a V-berth, a portable head and a berth that pulls out from a stowage space under the helm area.

Base engine is a 135-hp, 3.0-liter gas MerCruiser with an Alpha I sterndrive. Boat, engine and trailer retail for $33,999.

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May 2014 issue