I have read tons of different articles, blogs, comparisons, etc on the two boats, but I wanted to get the take of the board on it. I am about to buy a bowrider here in the next week or so, and I have narrowed it down to two.
Both boats are cosmetically in great shape with solid flooring, upholstery looks good, and the engine sounds great on both. I took a friend of mine who worked at Charleston Yacht Club through college to see if he noticed anything that jumped out as a warning sign. Basically, I have heard that Sea Ray is a better boat, but is it worth buying a boat that is 7 years older for the name? The boats are essentially the same exact price. I know the guy selling the Sea Ray pretty well, so that makes me want to lean a little more in that direction. Does anyone have any input or experience with either of these? TIA.
I probably wouldn't take a new Bayliner over that Searay. In fact, I would probably just pull the Bayliner motor and put it on something else. Not saying that specific Searay is amazing, I just hate Bayliner/Trophy. Because everyone I have seen is a POS. Everyone I have worked on is a POS. They are almost priced at the same point as good boats now.
I worked at a boat broker place for maybe a year or two, and we didn't want to buy them.
I heard rumblings that a pool table company bought them and a bunch of other manufacturers like Searay and Whaler. Dunno if that is true, just hearsay.
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner(Posted by bbvdd on 3/7/13 at 10:48 am to UpstateCock2007)
Bayliners suck. I mean really suck. When I say that they suck, I mean it. They suck. They are disposable boats and really not meant to be resold. I would take a kayak over a Bayliner even if I were 50 miles out in the gulf.
On the searay, you really need to check out the transom for any softness and check for blisters on the hull.