The Boats.com review team got a chance to review this Bayliner, which they found to be a small, inexpensive, but competent bowrider. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or reach us on Facebook.
Read Lenny’s Bayliner 175 Boat Test Notes
VIDEO BOAT REVIEW TRANSCRIPT
So Pat, if there’s anything Bayliner’s well-known for, it’s building this 17-18 foot class bowrider and doing it very inexpensively. Can you tell me how do you guys do it?
Interview with Pat Blake, Bayliner Boats
Pat: Manufacturing efficiency. When you build it one way, over and over, you keep the costs down.
Now even though you’re building a boat for less expense, that doesn’t mean you have to use cheap parts and pieces, right?
One of the things I noticed about the boat is the canvas system that comes with it. Can you tell me a little about it?
Pat: We use Sunbrella canvas which is the best materials on the marketplace; it’s well known, everyone understands the quality of it. Because we keep things simple we always put high quality components inside the boat.
The 175 is put together with some pretty basic traditional construction techniques: nothing fancy, nothing expensive. The hull is hand laid glass, the deck is gel-coated marine ply, and the fittings are stainless-steel. And looking into this compartment we can learn a lot about how the boat is built. When we take the hatch off the first thing we notice is, it’s not hinged. Now that saves on cost, but it makes it a little bit of a hassle to deal with that hatch. Once you get inside the first thing you’re going to notice is that the compartment is not lined. Now it might not look as nice, but on the upside you gain about 2 inches of depth in this compartment by not lining it.
By making these gunnels so narrow, Bayliner did gain a lot of space in the boat, but you lose the ability to put stowage compartments in there. Now, they made up for it by putting these nifty nets in there, so you still have plenty of space to stow all your goodies.
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