Bayliner 285 Cruiser Boat Test Notes

Detailed test notes from our video boat review of Bayliner's 285.

29th August 2011.
By Lenny Rudow

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Reviewing the Bayliner 285

A single-engine cruiser with sleeping quarters for six passengers.

ConceptBayliner 285 Performance data

  • Create the roomiest cruiser of its size, with the widest beam in its class.
  • Use extensive windows and ports to create an open feel belowdecks.
  • Use a single powerplant to reduce cost.


  • Fiberglass hull with Armorflex gelcoat and a Hydropel vinylester skin coat.
  • Full-length fiberglass box-grid foam-filled stringers.



  • Slow out of the hole by modern standards, but acceptable cruising and top-end speeds.
  • Excellent economy; you have to really push it to break a 20-gph fuel burn.


  • Handling can be tough with a single-screw boat of this size; luckily you can order it with an optional bow thruster.

Video Boat Review graphicBayliner 285 specifications

  • Fully-enclosed, walk-in midcabin provides more privacy than expected on a boat of this size.
  • Engine access is easy, 360-degrees.
  • Helm bolster is extremely comfortable.

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About the author:

Lenny Rudow

Lenny Rudow is Senior Editor for Dominion Marine Media, including and YachtWorld. 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, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.
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