Bayliner 300 Boat Review (2022)

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Bayliner 300Cruising Boat Reviews

Reviewed: April

Written by: Modern Boating

Overview:

Bayliner lifts the bar on family cruisers.

(Video) Bayliner 300

Main Features:

The Jensen sound system is a winner. The new Bayliner 300 Cruiser has much sleeker lines than its predecessor the Bayline 305 Cruiser. Value for money. Single level cockpit.

“Bayliner 300 – Cruise on by”

Look back 30 years and there were basically only three categories of family/lifestyle boating in this country ? yachting/cruising, waterskiing and fishing. Some families took their yachts out for a cruise. Dads took the kids down to the local river for a fish, when they weren’t out fishing with the mates; the relatively small, yet close-knit, waterski community certainly got their kids involved. I know this is a broad assessment of the Aussie boating lifestyle back then and there are always exceptions, but…

Sure the local market put out some very basic half cabins, which they tried to sell as family boats and tinnies were definitely the flavour of the month, but the whole family boating idea never really achieved critical mass. That was until almost 20 years ago to the day, when a new player reached Aussie shores ? American-built Bayliner boats (read Avante Marine, the Aussie Importers here in Sydney).

Compared to their Australian-built counterparts they were almost revolutionary. Yes, these boat were mass-produced, but their build quality was consistently good and they had all the goodies a family needed for a day on the water as standard fittings.

Bayliner wasn’t the first to introduce a bowrider into this country, but it was the first to do so in numbers. They quickly became the ‘family’ boat of choice, because their relatively affordable price allowed more and more people to get into boating. Bowriders were and still are great all-round family boats. You can ski/wakeboard behind them, take the family on a river cruise, go for a fish at a pinch, or simply go out and find a secluded bay on the likes of Sydney Harbour for a picnic lunch.

But as people got more and more familiar with boating, they started to want a bit more from their boats. They wanted to travel further afield and perhaps even overnight on their boat, maybe even go on an extended cruise. Bayliner had already experienced this trend in the US, so it quickly increased a range of cruisers into Australia to cover all demands. And one of the fast-going ranges proved to be mid-range cruisers from 24-30ft. It’s a style of boat Bayliner has been constantly developing and its latest offering, the Bayliner 300, is set to become an almost instant winner.

(Video) 2008 Bayliner 300 SB for sale (Sold)

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The Bayliner 300 Cruiser supersedes the 305 Cruiser and having now driven both vessels, I can honestly say she’s a vast improvement on her predecessor. Plus, with a price tag of under $205,000, for a 2008 built express cruiser with twin 5lt MPI V8 MerCruisers, driving through Bravo III legs, it’s pretty damn good value. In fact, the Bayliner 300 is probably one of the most affordable 30-footers on the market today. If you’re in the market for a top family weekender she’s definitely worth a closer look.

Her stylish lines (the Targa arch now faces forward), sleek design, single-level cockpit, ample storage and massive (for a 30-footer) cabin area, mean weekends away or even extended cruises for a family of four are now a comfortable reality. But take up the option of full cockpit clears and put the cockpit transom lounge to work, (it converts into a double bunk) and two more unexpected guests can easily overnight onboard.

Boat performance & handling

The 2008 Bayliner 300 has much cleaner lines than the 305, which, at 31ft was 6in longer than the new 300, rounder overall and it seemed (correct me if I am wrong), to have slightly higher top sides. When I first drove the 305 I found the hull a bit twitchy and she needed plenty of trim tabs to get her cruising comfortably.

But I had no such hassles with the new 300. In fact, in the conditions on the day of this test I didn’t even need the tabs. The dual props of the Bravo III drives rocketed the almost 5 tonne (fully loaded) hull effortlessly out of the hole and onto the plane within seconds. She dropped her bow almost instantly and maintained a level-planing angle.

By using only the sterndrive legs for trim out, she sliced cleanly through other boat’s wakes and wind chop. This is the sort of hull that only needs the tabs to control uneven load placement or strong wind across the bow.

At 3500rpm, the boat cruised effortlessly along at 40mph, which is a pretty darn good cruising speed for a 5 tonne boat, but push the throttles fully home and straight-out-of-the-box on her maiden voyage the 300 hit 50mhp at 5000rpm. Once she’s loosened up fully, full noise should be around 55mph.

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If you’re into family cruising you’d be hard pressed to find better value for money on the market, especially if you compare the features included in that $205,000 price tag. The galley is big enough to prepare a family meal in. It features a two-burner electric stove, ample cupboards, microwave, deep sink with hot/cold tap and reasonable fridge/freezer, (although I’d only use it for food and put all drinks in the removable cockpit Esky to save space), and best of all there’s a skylight in the roof above the preparation area.

There’s room to shower the head, but you won’t be swinging any cats in there, the amidships double cabin has excellent headroom and doesn’t feel claustrophobic when you lay down and it does have it’s own porthole for cross ventilation.

The main island bed is angled at 45 degrees across the bow and is closed off from the saloon by a sliding curtain. It has under bunk storage and an opening hatch in the cabin roof above the bed.

Up in the main cockpit, the dual helm seat offers the driver excellent 360-degree vision, non-glare full instrumentation and steps in the dash for through-screen access to the bow.

The single-level cockpit is open plan, has an L-shaped navigator’s sun lounge to port, which compliments the two foredeck sun pads and a further L-shaped transom lounge and sink unit to port.

There’s a removable table for a bit of al fresco dining and the extra-wide swim platform is useful when dad goes to set-up the tow toys. All that’s missing from this family weekend is a transom barbeque and I am sure the guys at Avante Marine can organise that for you.

(Video) Bayliner 300 Express Cruiser (2008)

The buzzwords for salesmen in the marine industry these days are ‘family’ and ‘lifestyle’, so to be successful builders need innovative new products that will allow families to enjoy a hassle-free boating lifestyle. The 2008 Bayliner 300 Cruiser does this and more in luxurious, low maintenance surroundings, with enough grunt below to keep the rev heads in the family happy.

Boating Performance

In calm conditions on the Parramatta River the Bayline 300 returned the following performance figures.

Engine Room

Twin 5lt MPI V8 MerCruisers, driving through Bravo III legs, power the latest Bayliner 300.

RPM – MPH
2500 : 20
3500 : 40
4500 : 48
5000 : 51

Boat Specifications

LOA : 30′ 3″
Beam : 10′
Draft : 1.03m
Weight : 4127kg
Fuel : 454 ltrs
Freshwater : 125 ltrs
Sleeps: 6

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FAQs

How fast do Bayliner boats go? ›

Performance
Top speed43.3 mph
Cruising speed32 mph
Miles per gallons at 320-mph cruising speed4.6
Fuel cost for 100 miles$32.61
Range at 32-mph cruising82 miles

What is the fastest Bayliner? ›

On the lake that day, we hit a top speed of 51 mph (at 4,500 rpm) — which is very close to Bayliner's stated top speed of 52 mph. Cruising speed is approximately 37 mph (at 3,500 rpm).
...
Bayliner 205 Specifications.
Length201'1"
Beam8'
Draft (max3'1"
Dry weight (w/base engine)3,100 pounds
Fuel capacity35 gallons
2 more rows

How much does a Bayliner 265 weight? ›

Dry Weight: 5,986 lb. Seating/Wt. Capacity: Yacht cert. Fuel Capacity: 75 gal.

Are Bayliners good boats? ›

Bayliner makes boats that are good for beginners. They have had many problems in the past, mostly related to the quality of the construction materials and process. More recent models have been manufactured to a higher standard. They are still at the low end of the market in terms of quality.

What is the minimum size boat for ocean? ›

So what size boat do you need for an ocean crossing? If you are still wondering how small a boat you can choose for an ocean crossing, the short, straight answer is: 27 feet.

Can a bowrider go in the ocean? ›

Bowriders that are over 25′ can generally handle going out into the ocean with an experienced captain. However, Center Console and Dual Console boats tend to have hulls that are better designed to take ocean waves and wakes, yet still have an open bow design.

Is a bowrider a good boat? ›

From waterskiing to fishing to cruising in style, bowriders are incredibly versatile. Their sporty look, comfortable seating, and snappy handling makes it an amazing type of boat for families & friends.

How fast does a Bayliner 185 go? ›

With full fuel, two people onboard and test gear, we had a test weight of just over 2,900 lbs. (585.13 kg). We reached a top speed at 5000 rpm of 40.4 mph.

How fast does a Bayliner Capri go? ›

Tipping the scales at 2,838 pounds and powered by MerCruiser's 220-horse 5.0-liter V-8, the 2150 flat out scoots across the water to a top speed of better than 50 mph. Throttle back to about 75-percent throttle and the 2150 cruises easily at 37.9 mph.

How fast does the average boat go? ›

Maximum Boat Speed For Typical Boat Types
S.noBoat TypeAverage Speed of That Boat
11A Yacht15 knots or 17 mph
12Center Console Boat30 Knots or 34 mph
13Ski Boats16mph or 18 mph
14Runabout Boats25 knots or 28 mph
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How long does it take to travel 100 nautical miles? ›

How many nautical miles can you sail in a day? On average, sailboats can sail up to 100 NM (115 miles or 185 km) in one day when they run downwind. If the engine is used at all, this distance can increase to 130 NM on longer passages.

Bayliner 300Cruising Boat ReviewsReviewed: AprilWritten by: Modern BoatingOverview:Bayliner lifts the bar on family cruisers.Main Features:The Jensen sound system is a winner. The new Bayliner 300 Cruiser has much sleeker lines than its predecessor the Bayline 305 Cruiser. Value for money. Single...

Bayliner 300Cruising Boat Reviews. Bayliner lifts the bar on family cruisers.. The new Bayliner 300 Cruiser has much sleeker lines than its predecessor the Bayline 305 Cruiser.. Sure the local market put out some very basic half cabins, which they tried to sell as family boats and tinnies were definitely the flavour of the month, but the whole family boating idea never really achieved critical mass.. American-built Bayliner boats (read Avante Marine, the Aussie Importers here in Sydney).. They quickly became the ‘family’ boat of choice, because their relatively affordable price allowed more and more people to get into boating.. But as people got more and more familiar with boating, they started to want a bit more from their boats.. It’s a style of boat Bayliner has been constantly developing and its latest offering, the Bayliner 300, is set to become an almost instant winner.. Her stylish lines (the Targa arch now faces forward), sleek design, single-level cockpit, ample storage and massive (for a 30-footer) cabin area, mean weekends away or even extended cruises for a family of four are now a comfortable reality.. At 3500rpm, the boat cruised effortlessly along at 40mph, which is a pretty darn good cruising speed for a 5 tonne boat, but push the throttles fully home and straight-out-of-the-box on her maiden voyage the 300 hit 50mhp at 5000rpm.. (Video) Do Bayliner Boats Suck?. The buzzwords for salesmen in the marine industry these days are ‘family’ and ‘lifestyle’, so to be successful builders need innovative new products that will allow families to enjoy a hassle-free boating lifestyle.. The 2008 Bayliner 300 Cruiser does this and more in luxurious, low maintenance surroundings, with enough grunt below to keep the rev heads in the family happy.

Every boat brand has its strengths and its weaknesses. It’s important to be an informed consumer when buying a boat.

Here are the main problems people have experienced with Bayliner boats:. This can be dangerous when used, and a stable boat is important for the safety of the boat’s passengers.. Many of the issues that Bayliners are what you’d expect from an entry-level boat.. For many boat owners, this includes wiring problems or the quality of the physical boat itself.. Many people who are enthusiastic about boating consider Bayliners to be an introductory level boat.. The build quality on some of the boats is considered basic, and many consider it a beginner boat.. While properly trained people in factories can produce similar quality goods, some boat owners take issue with the fact that the labor is being outsourced.

Bayliner's 2008 300 Cruiser is a new boat from the keel up that takes weekend boating to a new level of comfort and sophistication, writes David Lockwood

It is when you are no longer confined to a sleeping bag in a stuffy compartment, but treated to an accommodating bed in your own cabin; when rather than eating out of an icebox you can cook a hot breakfast on a stove or stage a barbecue lunch on deck; and when a hot shower and luxury head is at hand to freshen up.. Even though the 300 Cruiser hasn't a generator - you could carry a portable one easily enough - it has Shorepower so you can grab a visitor's berth at a marina and cook up a storm on the stove or small microwave oven.. In fact since Bayliner shifted its seating to the peripheries of its Cruiser range the boats have gained a lot more outdoor living space.. HOMEBAKED BAYLINER While the 300 Cruiser doesn't exactly break new ground, you can take comfort from the fact it's based on a time-proven formula that's destined to work as well in Australian waters as hometown America.. The engine bay beneath the cockpit sole lifts on a gas riser, without having to dismantle the cockpit seating, and there's a surfeit of space around the twin 5.0lt small-block V8s.. The vinylester skin coat wards against osmosis when the boat is left in the water - the 300 Cruiser will be doubly comfortable in a dry stack - while the non-skid deck seemed sturdy enough underfoot.. The decks of the 300 Cruiser are graced with a good spread of stainless steel fittings ranging from albeit small cleats to decent hand and bowrails.. OUTDOOR LIVING Whereas previous Cruisers from Bayliner have filled the cockpit with lounges, the new breed keeps the seating to the edges so you get more floor and living space and a clear thoroughfare through the boat.. And with an opening windscreen and walkthrough dash, plus twin foredeck cushions supplied gratis, the 300 Cruiser is an all over accessible and useable boat.. We traversed a busy and, at times, bumpy Sydney Harbour on the Bayliner 300 Cruiser whereupon I came away thinking the boat handled the rough stuff better than expected.. HIGHS A lot of twin-engine boat and bang for your buck Great handling Plenty of speed Spacious cockpit with abundant seating and floor space Foredeck sunpads come standard High-capacity interior with two cabins and twin double beds Nice spread of amenities A feeling of space below decks Well-known badge and excellent backing from local agents. Twin V8 inboard petrol engines like a drink An extra battery and inverter would be handy Small water capacity Small deck cleats It would be better with a gas-powered deck barbie No hot water deckshower. BAYLINER 300 CRUISER HOW MUCH?Price as tested: $204,990 w/ twin MerCruiser 5.0lt MPI 260hp inboard enginesOptions fitted: None, boat was bundled to upgraded Australian specificationsPriced from: 'As above'GENERALMaterial: GRP hullType: Moderate-vee monohullLength overall: 9.30mBeam: 3.05mDraft: 1.02mDeadrise: Approx 18ºWeight: Approx 4127kg (dry w/ std motors)CAPACITIESBerths: 4 + 2Fuel: 454ltWater: 124ltHolding tanks: 113ltENGINEMake/model: MerCruiser 5.0lt MPI enginesType: V8 multipoint injected petrol engineRated HP: 260 at 4600 to 5000rpm maxDisplacement: 5.0ltWeight: 433kgGearboxes (Make): Bravo Three sterndriveProps: AlloySUPPLIED BY:Avante Marine,210 Silverwater Road,Silverwater, NSW, 2128Phone: (02) 9737 0727;1300 AVANTEWebsites: www.avantemarine.com.au ; www.bayliner.com

Bayliner 300 Cruising Boat Reviews Reviewed: April Written by: Modern Boating Overview: Bayliner lifts the bar on family cruisers. Main Features: The Jensen sound system is a winner. The new Bayliner 300 Cruiser has much sleeker lines than its predecessor the Bayline 305 Cruiser. Value for money. Single level cockpit. “Bayliner 300 – Cruise on by” Look back 30 years and there were basically only three categories of family/lifestyle boating in this country ? yachting/cruising, waters

The new Bayliner 300 Cruiser has much sleeker lines than its predecessor the Bayline 305 Cruiser.. I know this is a broad assessment of the Aussie boating lifestyle back then and there are always exceptions, but…. They quickly became the ‘family’ boat of choice, because their relatively affordable price allowed more and more people to get into boating.. Bayliner had already experienced this trend in the US, so it quickly increased a range of cruisers into Australia to cover all demands.. It’s a style of boat Bayliner has been constantly developing and its latest offering, the Bayliner 300, is set to become an almost instant winner.. If you’re in the market for a top family weekender she’s definitely worth a closer look.. Her stylish lines (the Targa arch now faces forward), sleek design, single-level cockpit, ample storage and massive (for a 30-footer) cabin area, mean weekends away or even extended cruises for a family of four are now a comfortable reality.. But take up the option of full cockpit clears and put the cockpit transom lounge to work, (it converts into a double bunk) and two more unexpected guests can easily overnight onboard.. In fact, in the conditions on the day of this test I didn’t even need the tabs.. The dual props of the Bravo III drives rocketed the almost 5 tonne (fully loaded) hull effortlessly out of the hole and onto the plane within seconds.. This is the sort of hull that only needs the tabs to control uneven load placement or strong wind across the bow.. If you’re into family cruising you’d be hard pressed to find better value for money on the market, especially if you compare the features included in that $205,000 price tag.. Engine Room Twin 5lt MPI V8 MerCruisers, driving through Bravo III legs, power the latest Bayliner 300.

Brunswick is the same company that owns both Bayliner and Sea Ray boats. As the same company makes the boats, many boaters think these two boats are the same.

Brunswick is the same company that owns both Bayliner and Sea Ray boats.. So, the controversy arises, Bayliner vs. Sea Ray boats.. Bayliner BoatsSea Ray Boats Brunswick Corporation owns BaylinerBrunswick Corporation owns Sea Ray Open deck, Center Console, Family boats and other different types of boats are available.Bow Rider, Deck Boat, Cruiser, Fishing boats and other types of boats are available.Have a little bad mouth on safety reputationAffirms passenger’s safetyNot built with exceptionally high-quality durable materialQuality is the supreme highlight of Sea Ray boatsSmaller kind of boats and doesn’t have a lot of spaceBig family boats consist of a lot of spaceMercury or MerCruiser engineMercury or MerCruiser engineCheaper and affordable than other different brand boatsExpensive than many other brand boats From the comparison chart above, you get an overview idea of these boats.. Both Bayliner and Sea Ray have a variety of boats.. Both boats have been giving excellent service for years, from deck boats to fishing or family cruiser boats.. You can make a markup line between Bayliner and Sea Ray boats about the safety factor.. So, Bayliner, Sea Ray and Mercury engines are combination boats.. On the contrary, Sea Ray makes premium quality boats that cost more than Bayliner.. If you are just starting boating, then Bayliner boats are the ones for you.. Brunswick manufactures both Bayliner and Sea Ray boats.. Are Sea Ray boats good quality?. Bayliner is a quality boat but does not outperform Sea Ray.. Sea Ray boats are expensive because they use the best materials to build their boat.. Now you can decide on Bayliner vs. Sea Ray boats.

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