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2007 18 (ft.) Bayliner 185

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Listing# 134248

Cicero, IL, United States
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18 (ft.)
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General Details

Nice family runabout. Easily trailerable and amenities for the whole family. Bimini top, swim platform, integrated swim ladder, stereo! had the following to say;

While we love the standard family seating, with the bucket seat at the helm, back to back seats on the portside, and jump seats to either side of the engine box, Bayliner also offers optional sport seating which includes two bucket seats, three-across bench seating, and a large sun pad.


Our first goal on this test was to verify Bayliner's claim that they had managed to engineer better performance out of less horsepower. So we set off with a standard 3.0L 135-horsepower engine powering our test 185. With full fuel, two people onboard and test gear, we had a test weight of just over 2,900 lbs. (585.13 kg). We reached a top speed at 5000 rpm of 40.4 mph. At that speed we were burning only 10.5 gph while getting 3.84 mpg for a range of 97 miles.

Pulled back to a more economical 3500 rpm we ran at 27.5 mph while getting 5.8 gph fuel burn. That translates to 4.78 mpg and a range of 121 miles.

While these numbers certainly seem consistent with good performance due to engineering, we were more impressed with the boat's time to plane of only 3.8 seconds, and the 0-30 time of 8.6 seconds. So while we weren't exactly loading our boat up to max capacity, nor pulling elephants on water skis, it does appear that Bayliner met its goal of creating a hull that performs very nicely with minimum horsepower.

After testing several Bayliners I've come to expect pleasing handling, and the 185 BR was no exception. The standard power steering made handling a breeze, turns were met with a slight slide that took the edge off the hard turn, meaning everybody on board will be comfortable regardless of what you put the boat through. When you initiate a turn, there's a roughly 5-degree bank at the onset that plants you in your seat rather than throws you to the outside of the turn.

Additionally, the 185 BR tends to bleed off a lot of speed in a turn. So even if you're trying for hard radical maneuvers, the 185 will have something to say about that in the form of slowing itself down and making the turn more comfortable even if you don't do it yourself.

For this reason, the 185 is a boat that anybody can handle, even first timers and kids or grandkids, provided they're of an appropriate age and, depending on your state, properly licensed.

Storage and Transportation

Because the 185 BR is so light, she's trailerable by just about any vehicle. Storage should not be a problem if you keep your boat at home. Storage length on the trailer with the tongue swung to the side is 20'11" (6.38 m). I found getting the boat on and off the trailer to be a non-issue. For most ramps just dunk the trailer until the water level reaches the tops of the fenders and you should be fine.


Bayliner is consistently meeting their goal of getting more people on the water for less money.
Bayliner 185 BR (2011-) Test Result Highlights
Top speed for the Bayliner 185 BR (2011-) is 40.4 mph (65 kph), burning 10.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 39.74 liters per hour (lph).

Best cruise for the Bayliner 185 BR (2011-) is 27.5 mph (44.3 kph), and the boat gets 4.78 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.03 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 121 miles (194.73 kilometers).

Tested power is 1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0L.

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Boat is in nice condition with a few minor mars in the gelcoat.