Our Award-Winning VR5… now available with outboard power on board.
As Bayliner celebrates its 60th Anniversary, it’s got as much new model excitement in store as
ever. Our Element E21 (called the E7 in the EU) deck boat highlighted in last month’s issue is one. Our Element F21 (called the CC7 in the EU) center console—which we’ll cover in an upcoming issue—is another. The third is an expanded offering on one of our most recent success stories—the VR5 OB Runabout.
Last year, Bayliner introduced its VR Series runabouts—the VR5 and the VR6—a pair of
bowriders that are a study in space maximization and getting more for your money. In fact, a
typical 18-foot runabout will actually fit inside the new VR5, which has a LOA of 20’ 4” and a
comparable price tag to most 18-footers. The boat proved this further by winning both the MIBS Innovation Award, and being named one of Boating Industry magazine’s Top Products in 2016.
So, now what?
Well as Bayliner is typically on the leading edge of innovation and forward thinking, the answer is outboard-powered VR models. For 2017, the VR5 and VR6 will both be available with Mercury four-stroke outboard options. Using an innovative mounting system which integrates into the swim platform, Bayliner has preserved every bit of the space and utility of the original VRs. This option gives boaters in coastal markets a great way to enjoy day boating, and allows those in northern markets to extend their boating season, thanks to the fact an outboard can be run longer into the colder months.
The credit for the VR Series’ exceptional space-per-foot accomplishment goes to Bayliner’s exclusive design approaches; BeamForward™ which carries the full beam dimension further forward in the boat than traditional designs, and AftAdvantage™ which moves the swim platform further aft to increase valuable cockpit space. The combination makes the VR Series an unbeatable value when it comes to cost per square foot. Add to that a self bailing cockpit to make cleanup a breeze and its new Deep-V hull design, you’ve got a pair of runabouts capable of speeds in the 50 mph neighborhood for thousands less than you’d think. Take a closer look or, step aboard one at your nearest Bayliner dealer. Once you do, you’ll see the difference immediately.