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Bayliner 305
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1 2785 Wed December 2, 1998
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Description: Bayliner 305
Keywords: Bayliner 305



Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Wed December 2, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


This 30' deep water cruiser has more head room and space than many larger (32-36') boats. Bayliner was only in the sailboat business a few years (during the oil crisis) and they went out of their way to design a sailboat for the serious "live aboard" consumer. This boat has a 6' ceiling, forward berthing compartment, very spacious salon and galley. We take day cruises with 15 people onboard and nobody is cramped for room. A very heavy boat, hull speed is 6 knots, but what the heck, if I was in a hurry to get there I would have a power boat. The bow slopes up slightly and this gives the boat greater stability in choppy waters. We love a BIG wind because this boat was made to ride with the big waves. In 1997-98 I totally gutted the interior and rebuilt everything, including the 2 cylinder (25hp) Volvo Penta Diesel engine. You should see this baby now. I put almost $10,000 in raw materials and parts ($2,000 on the engine alone) into the rebuild and now have a boat with a replacement cost of over $80,000. I paid $12,000 for the boat 2 years ago and to say it was old and worn out is an understatement. If you have the opportunity (and the BASIC SKILLS, you do not need to be a master craftsman to do this, I am an accountant who knows how to change the oil in his car. There are many books which will assist you) I highly recommend finding an older boat and fix it up. My wife sewed new sail covers and curtains, I covered all the teak (the whole interior is teak) with a sealer and then covered it with Helmsman satin polyurethene. I used steel wool on all metal to remove verdigree and rust, then covered it with a special metal polish. I used MeGuires boat finish (fantastic stuff but it is a three step process) to clean, polish, and wax the exterior (Baby doll, this boat shines like new).
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