Bayliner’s Evolution Continues
Bayliner has put more families on the water than any other recreational boat company. And, for nearly 60 years, our company and its products have changed with the times. But never as dramatically as in the last 3 years. From the introduction of our revolutionary Element and Element XL in 2013 and 2014, to last year’s groundbreaking Element XR7 we’ve been in a serious reinvention mode. In fact, with three new models rolling out for 2016, the innovation throttle is locked at wide open.
Let’s start with the newest in the Element family, the Element F18; a center console built on the same innovative M-Hull™ Bayliner built the previous Element models upon. At 18’ 2” and 7’ 5” beam, this versatile bay boat—with a combination of water-sports, and cruising features as well—it’s is sure to be a favorite of families with a penchant for fishing and recreational boating alike. The M-Hull’s inherent stability makes it a great fishing platform. Plus, with its combination of the most sought-after fishing features, standard 90 HP Mercury 4-stroke power, and trailer starting as low as $18,599, buyers will have no excuse for not wetting a line this season.
The other two new stars are Bayliner’s new VR Series runabouts—the VR5 and VR6. These are a study in space maximization and getting what you pay for. By combining an 8-foot beam, an oversized bow and moving the swim platform aft of the running surface to maximize cockpit space, Bayliner has created a pair of runabouts with the interior space of boats up to 2 feet longer than their traditional counterparts. Looking at it another way, a typical 18 foot runabout will actually fit inside the new VR5, which has a LOA of 20’ 4” and a comparable price tag to most 18-footers.
The credit goes to Bayliner’s exclusive design approaches; BeamForward™ which carries the full beam dimension further forward in the boat than traditional designs, and AftAdvantage™ which moves the swim platform further aft to increase valuable cockpit space. The combination makes the VR Series an unbeatable value when it comes to cost per square foot. Add to that a self-bailing cockpit to make cleanup a breeze and its new Deep-V hull design, you’ve got a pair of runabouts capable of speeds in the 50 mph neighborhood for thousands less than you’d think. Take a closer look and you’ll be done shopping sooner than you’d think.