Bayliner’s 2016 VR5 — a new 20-foot bowrider — is a development of the builder’s popular 185 model. And it’s quite a development. Improvements include gelcoated lockers, a self-bailing cockpit, new touches in seating, helm station details, stowage compartments, and more.
The biggest move, however, was to carry the boat’s eight-foot beam all the way to the bow, creating more room and comfort in the forward seating area. Aft seating, too, has been extended, so the comfort volume of the design has increased dramatically.
Lenny Rudow at boats.com recently put the VR5 through its paces with the standard MerCruiser 4.5-liter sterndrive (200 hp), and had good things to say not only about the ergonomic improvements but about the boat’s handling, ride, and performance. He praised the fuel economy of 3.7 mpg at a high cruising speed of 4000 rpm and 35.6 mph. Just as impressive was the reading at 3000 rpm and 25.3 mph — 4.5 mpg. Those are fine figures for a V-bottom design that can chew its way through wakes and chop with minimal jarring to its passengers. (For those in search of a high top-end speed, the boat hit 46.1 mph at 5000 rpm.) Here’s Lenny’s video review:
Bayliner has managed not only to make all those improvements over the 185 inspiration, but reduce the cost of the newer boat. The base VR5 is priced at $27,000.
For more information, visit Bayliner’s VR5 page.
View Bayliner VR5 listings on Boat Trader.
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