It’s trailerable, sporty, and versatile enough to handle tow sports or a jaunt around the local lake. The new BaylinerVR5 aims to remedy that with a Feedforward design that carries the 8-foot width up through the bow’s seating arrangement.
That combined with the high-freeboard design makes this a small family boat with the space and security you want on the water. For entertainment, the standard stereo system features MP3 and iPod inputs, so you can bring your tunes from home.
The full wraparound windshield keeps the driver and co-pilot, as well as passengers on the L-shaped lounge in the cockpit, protected from the wind. The sun pad on the engine hatch makes a great staging area for tow sports or to just kick back and catch some rays.
To create a more spacious cockpit, Bay liner employed a design it calls Advantage, which moves the integrated swim platform farther aft. The platform is a great staging area for tubing, skiing or wakeboarding, or for doing jackknives or cannonballs into the water while the boat sits safely at anchor.
A second benefit to the self-bailing liner is that when you take the VR5 home for the day, you can hose it off and all the water will drain overboard. The 2550’s spacious cabin and private head compartment might just be the...
The interior layout of the new VR5 follows a proven bow rider footprint, with wrap-around seating in both the bow and stern sections for maximum versatility. In its closed position, this access is covered by a large cushion that extends the adjacent sun pad.
In the walkthrough floor you’ll find a large compartment with an integral drain (into the bilge) that’s useful for storing wet gear. A comfy cushion positioned at just the right height on the passenger console also allows this spot to serve as a snug chaise lounge.
The stylish helm console has the essential gauges up front where they’re easily seen while underway, with the stereo control head mounted to the left of the main instrument cluster. A beverage holder, cell phone pad with charging jack, and backlit toggle switches for accessory items round out the helm.
The stylish helm keeps all the essential instruments up top in a neat cluster where they’re easily monitored, with accessory controls below. Befitting the boat’s contemporary styling, the walk-through windshield wraps around the console but leaves the sides open for plenty of ventilation.
Side panels that extend the windshield aft to offer a bit more protection are available as an optional upgrade. The passenger console includes a glove box and beverage holder up top, and a large storage compartment beneath.
Because of Bayliner’s “Beam Forward” design, the bow seating area in the VR5 is more spacious than one would expect in a boat of this size, and clearly roomier than that of the 185 BR model it replaces. Port and starboard forward-facing loungers with full wrap-around back cushions are very comfortable, while a central rear-facing seat up front offers more legroom.
With this powerful engine, time-to-plane for the VR5 is under 2 seconds, while at full throttle the big V6 easily pushes the boat to about 45 mph. Building on the company’s V-bottom heritage, it nicely balances enhanced functionality with a fresh, contemporary design that is sure to appeal to many boating families.
The VR5 builds on Bayliner’s proven V-bottom runabout heritage, while adding form AND function. The self-bailing cockpit features Bayliner’s new Advantage™ design that increases the aft seating area by extending it to the aft most point of the running surface, then adding the swim platform at the end of the running surface.
Feedforward™ design with high gunnels creates more passenger space, under-seat storage and safety. Exceptionally roomy cockpit thanks to our exclusive Advantage™ design Standard integrated swim platform and optional platform extension are positioned further aft than comparable models adding interior space while providing the ideal staging area for water sports.