Bayliner adds 16-foot Element to lineup

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Brunswick Corp. announced the introduction of the Bayliner Element, a new addition for the 2013 model year.

“Whether you're rekindling a passion for boating or launching into the boating lifestyle for the first time, the Bayliner Element is your way in,” the company wrote in a statement.

The company touts the new model, which moves from a V hull to an M hull, as an affordable way to make boating accessible for “just about anyone.”

"Whatever has held people back from getting into boating in the past, Element erases all that," Bayliner vice president of marketing Matt Guilford said in a statement. "We solicited extensive customer feedback and, thanks to some very creative innovations, developed a product that's pitch perfect for someone looking for an approachable way into the boating lifestyle."

At 16 feet in length, Element accommodates a family of four and has capacity for up to six. Its layout includes opposed cockpit seating to foster easy conversation, a full-beam aft sunpad, and a cushioned bow lounge area. Even with a full crew, there's still space onboard for a carry-on cooler. Deep cockpit freeboard enhances passenger safety, and a pair of stern swim platforms provide easy water access.

Bayliner designed Element with minimal upkeep in mind.

A standard 60-hp Mercury FourStroke outboard engine provides power capable of towing a tuber or wakeboarder, and is engineered to perform in either fresh or saltwater.

The most distinctive aspect of Element's design is its M hull. Bayliner's engineering team sought to create a running surface that delivered stability and passenger comfort while at rest and under way. The team ultimately moved away from a traditional V hull in favor of an innovative M-hull design that maintains exceptionally level flotation even when passengers step on gunnels while boarding. Much like a car or tri-tube pontoon boat, Element turns with little of the pitching and yaw commonly associated with V-hulled craft.

A simplified helm station featuress a single, multipurpose gauge and only a few essential dash controls.

Element made its debut Jan. 3 at the 2013 New York Boat Show.

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