Bayliner 170 OB Boat Test Notes

Our reviewer Lenny Rudow's Boat Test Notes from the Bayliner 170 OB

30th August 2011.
By Lenny Rudow

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Reviewer Lenny Rudow checks the prop on the Bayliner 170 OB.

An outboard-powered bowrider in a class dominated by stern drives.

ConceptBayliner 170 OB Performance data

  • Design an outboard-powered bowrider with more interior space
  • Provide lower cost than stern-drive boats of the same size and nature


  • Fiberglass hull, gel-coated plywood deck, stainless-steel hinges


  • Quiet and clean while cruising, thanks to the four-stroke outboard
  • Lower cruise and top-end speeds than comparable stern-drive models
  • Great economy


  • Takes waves well for its size
  • Maneuverability as good or better than stern-drive models


  • A bowrider, with an outboard!
  • Tow pylon great for skiing or wakeboarding
  • Net pockets in the inwales provide handy stowage

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Bayliner 170 OB specifications

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About the author:

Lenny Rudow

Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including and With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, he has contributed to publications including Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design who has won 28 BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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