Bayliner Discovery 266: Video Boat Review

The Video Boat Review Team recently reviewed a pocket cruiser from Bayliner. See what Lenny Rudow has to say in this four minute video.

Video Boat Review Transcript
You don’t like getting salt spray in your face? You don’t want all your fancy electronics and cameras to get all wet? I know that guy doesn’t want his camera getting wet. Well guess what? It’s a good thing we’re reviewing the Discovery 266 today, because this boat has a full enclosure. Forget about canvas curtains, they let water through. If you really want to stay dry, want to extend your boating season into the winter, this is the kind of boat you need.

Design and Features
When you look at the Bayliner 266 Discovery in profile, it’s obvious what they’re going for in this boat. They’re maximizing cabin space, and minimizing the cockpit. But you still get a very fishable cockpit. It has a nice convertible bench seat in the back, a raw water washdown, stowage underneath the aft-facing seats, and behind them as well.

The helm is very comfortable, and it has a nice electronics flat with space right here for your fishfinder, GPS. Only problem is access is sort of tough; you have to take off these panels to get in behind there.

Now that cockpit is shrunk down; let’s say it’s equal to that of a 22 or a 24 footer. But check it out, but in exchange you get all this cabin space. This cabin is more like what you find on a 28 or 30 footer. There’s a fully enclosed head, and a large midcabin berth. The galley is again extensive; this is more than you normally get on a boat of this size. You’ve got a microwave oven, a one burner stove, a sink, and a refrigerator.

There’s a nice big vee berth and of course this dinette folds down into another berth. Really there’s everything you need here for a genuine pocket cruiser.

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  1. Ray Hogan says:

    I am an old boater, have always wanted to have the perfect boat……… I have owned 28 or so boats over the years… My baby is now a 50′ Gibson……… I have spotted these Bayliner 266 looks to be an ideal boat…. Are they in production now?? There was a Bayliner is that was build some time ago with a smaller 4 cly motor and a more of a displacement hull………??? I think they are on to something………..

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