Bayliner Boats celebrated its 60th year in business at a conference in Tennessee that nearly 300 dealers and prospects attended.
The company said it introduced six new models, including two recently acquired Heydey inboard-powered wake sports models, at the Sept. 22-24 event at Nashville’s Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
The Heyday models — WT1 and WT2 — joined outboard-powered versions of Bayliner’s VR5 and VR6 runabout models, and new 21-foot additions to its Element deck boat and center console fishing series.
Bayliner said each of the new models is designed to reach new buyers and deliver more day boating activities, and the company said its dealer organization had highly positive reactions to them.
“We couldn’t be happier with the reactions we received to these new models,” Bayliner president Keith Yunger said in a statement. “We took care to analyze key market opportunities and then built boats to fit each of them. It’s like doing your homework and acing the test — our hard work paid off.”
The VR5 and VR6 outboard models are aimed at coastal markets and to capitalize on the growing outboard-powered boat market. The new configuration also provides a high-volume stern locker beneath the aft sun pad, with plenty of room for towable water toys.
The Heyday brand models also joined the Bayliner family because of the company’s recent acquisition of Heyday Inboards’ assets in August. The acquisition is Bayliner’s strategy to take advantage of explosive growth in the wake/surf boat market with value-oriented designs that blend with Bayliner’s value-minded philosophy.
“Heyday’s purpose-built design hits the growing wake/surf segment bull’s-eye, bringing a much needed value player to the game,” Yunger said. “It’s a great fit to expand Bayliner’s recreational day boat market leadership.”
Lastly, the company unveiled 21-foot additions to its popular Element family — in deckboat and center console fishing configurations.
“We started with everything that has made the Elements successful, then gave them more of it. Space, safety, handling, performance and fishability — all at an exceptional value,” Yunger said.
Both start with a new 21-foot M-Hull with nearly an 8-foot beam. For the E21, Bayliner took full advantage of the beamier design by making the bowrider section roomier. It also added the option of a full, glass windshield, offering more protection to the driver and companion seats from wind or light rain.
The boat’s companion side console has a glove box and storage beneath for a cooler or other boating gear.
Bayliner took the aft cockpit section and lengthened it, allowing for a roomy U-lounge with a center walkthrough, which — with the addition of an optional filler cushion — creates a large sun pad. There’s also convenient access to the full-width swim platform — which has an ergonomically friendly backrest, as well.
With the F21 Center Console, this new hull now gives Bayliner a full 21-foot fishing platform with all the room and stability that comes with the design. The added length was used to enlarge the forward casting deck, which has plenty of storage and room for multiple anglers to work fish.
The cockpit is also larger, with a pair of flip-up jump seats, which — when down — complete the large aft casting deck, which also includes a built in live well. There’s also a comfortable leaning post and plenty of storage for rods and gear.