Bayliner Discovery 266 Boat Test Notes

Notes from our video boat review of the pocket cruiser from Bayliner.

26th September 2011.
By Lenny Rudow

Watch the Bayliner Discovery 266 Video Boat Review

Overview: A single-engine pocket cruiser with an enclosed helm and a fishing cockpit.Bayliner 266 Discovery


  • Dedicate a larger percentage of the boat to an enclosed helm and cabin, but reserve enough space for a fishable cockpit.
  • Provide complete weather protection to extend the boating season.Bayliner Discovery 266 performance data


  • Fiberglass-encapsulated stringers; sliding side windows; fully linered cockpit and cabin.


  • Single sterndrive provides a surprisingly fast top end for a boat of this nature, nearing 40 mph.
  • High center of gravity means it’s on the tender side.


  • 17-degree deadrise and chunky (6,820-lb) disposition bulls waves out of the way.
  • Hole shot is sufficient for fishing and cruising, but not for pulling skiers or wakeboarders.Video Boat Review graphic

Bayliner Discovery 266 specifications

  • Cabin size is equivalent to that of a 28’ to 30’ boat, but cockpit size is equivalent to that of a 22’ or 24’ boat.
  • Extended hardtop provides sun protection. Cockpit bimini provides complete sun protection.

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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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