Originally Posted by chris4x4
Actually, In the later '80's Bayliner was bought out by Brunswick, and they began makeing employees accountable for quality errors. Also, the Force engines (formerly Chrysler), which were very common power heads, were taken over by Mercury Marine. My Bayliner has proven MOST reliable, and so have many others out here, requireing very minimal maintinace. Stainless hardware, and many features come standard on the newer Bayliners, than on comparable boats. Boating Life puts them up near the top every year in quality, and reliability. The older Bayliners (often found with an "L" drive) are the ones you should steer clear of.
I stand corrected in so much as I shouldn't have made a blanket statement about all Bayliners.
I have made my living as a boat capt. in south Florida since the late 70's. In that pursuit, I have witnessed the saltwater environoment take a toll on alot of Bayliners, mostly from the late 70's through the mid 90's.
I'm glad to hear they have picked up the pace. The move from the Force motors has to be a plus. It seems I bought into the stigma that was probably well deserved years ago.
Given the amount of them out there , of late, they must have improved to a great degree.