Bayliner 185 Boat Review & Opinions
Reviews 8 years ago 49,246 views
I purchased this 2011 Bayliner 185 boat towards the beginning of last year's boating season. This is the first boat that I've owned and I'm glad that I opted to purchase the brand new Bayliner 185, as opposed to a good condition used boat. The price was very reasonable. I chose to purchase the Bayliner 185, instead of the Bayliner 175 because of a small price difference and an abundance of small details that really added up in my opinion. I have not encountered any mechanical problems with the boat. I paid someone to change the oil and gear lube this season but plan to learn how to do that myself next season. I winterized the boat myself this season (feel free to check out my YouTube video). All maintenance for the Bayliner 185 has been very simple to perform, even for a non-mechanic like myself. The only minor complaint that I have found is the exterior decals on the boat. They are peeling off where the black meets the white hull. Although this is not major, it definitely shows where some cost was cut during manufacturing. From a mechanical perspective, all is great! It has a MerCruiser 3.0 4-cylinder engine that will achieve a top speed of around 50 miles-per-hour on calm water. I usually cruise at around 30 miles-per-hour and can get around 100 miles from a tank of gas. The boat handles really well. The interior is very comfortable and the way that the seats can be customized for tanning instead of cruising is great! I highly recommend the Bayliner 185 for anyone looking for an affordable, comfortable and quality boat that is easy to maintain. If you're looking for something with a lot of power and refined cosmetic design, look elsewhere though. I've already had an abundance of fun days on the lake this season and am already looking forward to next boating season! Filmed in 1080P HD with a Panasonic Lumix TS3 camera and a GoPro HD Hero2 camera!