Used-Boat All-Star: Bayliner 2452

bayliner 2452
The Bayliner 2452 is a good multifunction boat, capable of providing comfort on the lakes or on short open-water passages.

“Price reduced! too good to miss! 24 ft 1993 Bayliner Classic 2452 cruiser is in GREAT SHAPE! NEW 5.0 liter mercury with Alpha outdrive professionally installed less than 50 hours ago–new thru-hull exhaust with mufflers, stainless prop, dive platform with ladder, compass…”

The ad on Boat Trader went on to list plenty of other features — Furuno GPS navigator, depthfinder, fresh water outside shower, VHF radio, sink, electric refrigerator, and, among other items, a 2002 aluminum dual-axle trailer with new tires.

I’ve always liked the Bayliner 2452 because of how many things it can do well. It’s no wonder Bayliner still builds something like it in the 266 Discovery.

At 24 feet in length, the 2452 is big enough to use for ocean excursions. I don’t know that I’d take it from Jupiter, Fla., to Walker’s Cay, Bahamas, but it’s long enough to be comfortable on the ocean. Despite its length, it’s not too big to trailer, either, and this one was offered with a good trailer 10 years newer than the boat itself.

The 2452 works for overnighting. You won’t bask in luxury, but it can take you from Long Beach to Avalon Harbor, where you could spend the night aboard, as long as you didn’t need a place to shower.

The 2452 also can be fitted out for fishing and is still nimble enough to pull the kids on a tube. The cabin and cockpit design is closed enough to be useful on the cold Pacific Ocean, yet open enough to use on lakes and rivers during Florida’s sweltering summers.

In this particular case, the owner was asking $10,800 for the boat. I’d call that that a great price for a great package. Obviously, you would need to go look at it and give it a sea trial, but this used model has a lot going for it.

Spotting deals like this is part of the fun of poring over listings, always on the lookout for the next boat. (And by the way, as this blog goes live, the boat in question is still listed on Boat Trader. Scan the Bayliner 2452 listings page to see if it’s still there.)


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