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UpstateCock2007
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Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner



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.

1994 Sea Ray 200 - 396 Hours, 4.3L Mercruiser.

2001 Bayliner Capri 17.5 - Approx 500 Hours - 3.0L Mercruiser.

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.







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DonChowder
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Sea Ray all the way. Much better hull on that one.





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Hammertime
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apples
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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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TexasTiger
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


I would be scared of both for different reasons.

The age of the Sea Ray

And the quality of the bayliner in general.






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BayouBndt
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


I have a 97 sea ray and love it.





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bbvdd
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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.






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just1dawg
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I have access to a 1993 Bayliner, 18 ft with a 120hp Force outboard (my cousin's boat). It's not fancy but it seems like a nice enough boat to me. It's on Lake Pickwick, just barely in Alabama.





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bbvdd
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


quote:

120hp Force outboard


That might possibly be the absolute worse outboard ever devised.






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Hammertime
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apples
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner




Use the force Luke






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b-rab2
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I dont know if you plan on doing any water sports with either one, but those will have a very hard time pulling a skier.. fyi





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Chris4x4gill2
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Bayliner is owned by Sea Ray now and is their bottom level pleasure boat line.

The Sea Ray brand itself is quality built.

Out of the two I would choose the Sea Ray. A 17.5 is a very small boat and underpowered at that, you will outgrow it very quickly (like around the 2nd trip).

What is the price point?






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Hermit Crab
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


quote:

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.



I think brunswick owns a bunch of companies including hatteras.






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lsu mike
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Stay far away from bayliner. Had some friends who were cruising and tubing in the diversion and damn boat sank. Had an outboard on it and transom broke apart.





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UpstateCock2007
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Thanks for all of the responses. That was the general consensus I was getting from everything that I read so far.

I waterski some, but don't wakeboard or anything. Mainly wanted a boat to cruise around the lake with my buddies during the summer.

The guy wants $6500 for the Sea Ray, and the other guy wants $6900 for the Bayliner. Both are willing to negotiate, and I had set a $7500 limit on it since its my first boat purchase and all.






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Chris4x4gill2
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Sea Ray is a pretty good deal. I see several mid 90's 200's in the 8K area.





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UpstateCock2007
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Can you explain to me what a "blister on the hull" is? We checked the transom and things looked good when I went and saw it the first time.

Again, been around boats, but never owned one. Y'all are helping a lot.






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Hammertime
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apples
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


I am gonna take a guess and say water behind the gel coat, which means, I guess it is rotting behind there.





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Interweb Cowboy
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Of the two options listed, Sea Ray.





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UpstateCock2007
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Makes sense. Thanks... I will keep an eye out on that.





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Chris4x4gill2
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re: Boat Comparison Question: Sea Ray v. Bayliner


Blisering in the gel coat is usually only a cosmetic problem. moisture gets in between the top clear gel coat and the fiberglass underneath. It is very common on boats made in the 90's.






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