Bayliner 205 Bowrider Family Boat of the Year
Author: Modern Boating Magazine
Bayliner stays at the front of the pack with this bowrider.
Bowriders fit the bill of family/lifestyle boating—you can ski or wakeboard behind them, take the family on a river cruise, go for a fish at a pinch, or simply find a secluded bay for a picnic lunch. Bayliner offers the 205 with a ‘Fish ‘n’ Ski Package’ that includes a forward casting platform, fish finder, live-bait tank, rod racks and a wireless electric trolling motor. Bowrider and aft cockpit pedestal casting seats are also an option.
The hull design of the 205 has been improved by increasing its forward beam. This gives the driver and navigator more room to move, widens the bowrider cockpit and allows for a greater flare in the bow. The cockpits are also deeper and the grab rails are easy to reach, so passengers, especially the kids, will feel more secure. Speaking of kids, Bayliner only use the best marine-grade, stain-resistant carpets and ‘KidClean’ protected vinyl upholstery, so the 205 Bowrider will stand the test of time and retain its resale value.
Bayliners have other improvements, too, like stainless steel accents; upgraded upholstery; V8 engine as standard; designated storage areas; a convenient bow step (for easier beach access); a walk-through transom; and a custom formed dash panel with an anti-glare design. And music ? The 205 has a six-disc CD stacker, a waterproof CD head unit and six speakers positioned around the boat.
Bayliner hulls are well-proven and the new 205’s redesigned hull not only has the aforementioned wider beam, but the deadrise has been increased to 20 degrees at the transom.
The 205 is an awesome boat to drive. She’s soft riding, stable, dry and turns like a rocket on rails. Even a novice could get behind the wheel and not get into trouble, which is yet another reason why these vessels are such great family boats.
A 5-litre 260hp MPI MerCruiser, driving through an Alpha I leg
Length overall : 6.22m (20’5”)
Beam : 2.43m (8’2”)
Weight : 1381kg
Draft max : 0.94m (3’1”)
Engine : 5-litre 260hp V8 MPI
Sterndrive : Alpha I
Fuel : 140 litres
Price : $53,990