Bayliner downsizes lineup

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Bayliner has stopped building and selling cruisers from 24 to 35 feet in the United States to focus on new categories. This year the builder has introduced four new boats: two 21-footers, plus 19- and 16-footers.

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All have open layouts with padded seating from bow to stern and are driven at a starboard-side helm designed for sit-down operation. The 19- and 21-footers are available with a full windshield, helm windscreen or a fishing package.

With the smallest boat, the entry-level Element (LOA: 16 feet, 2 inches; beam: 7 feet, 5 inches), Bayliner aims to attract newcomers or bring back former boat owners, says Matt Guilford, vice president of marketing. The Element with a 60-hp Mercury 4-stroke and trailer is about $13,000.

The 210 DB with a 150 Mercury FourStroke and trailer is $31,599, or $38,599 with a 200-hp Mercury Verado. The 190 DB with 115-hp 4-stroke and trailer is $20,699. The other 21-footer, the sterndrive-powered 215 DB (shown here), comes standard with a 4.3-liter MerCruiser and trailer. Pricing was unavailable.

The 190 DB, which rides a hull with 17 degrees of transom deadrise, can also be powered with a 150-hp 4-stroke, or 135- or 150-hp Mercury OptiMax (DFI) 2-strokes. The 210 DB and 215 DB ride the same hull (LOA: 20 feet, 7 inches; beam: 8 feet, 6 inches; transom deadrise: 20 degrees). Bayliner also offers OptiMax 2-strokes — 135, 150 and 200 hp — with the 210.

Bayliner (www.bayliner.com) has built the boats to comfortably carry passengers, gear and supplies. “In the past, folks wanted to go 50 to 55 mph,” says Michael Yobe, Bayliner product portfolio manager. “Speed is not as important as the ability to carry people — the ability to do things with the boat with those people.”

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March 2013 issue