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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 02 Feb 2016 17:12 #26

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+1 on the "bow look". If you have the chance to get into one and sit in the captain's chair looking towards the bow, it looks like a deck boat, not a bow rider.....again I think the weight issue is a bigger issue when looking to attract "new boaters" and their first boat....unless you have a vehicle "designed" for towing, this boat is too heavy/big....the mini-van, small crossover families could not tow this vehicle "safely" with their vehicle's tow limit of usually about 3500#

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 02 Feb 2016 19:19 #27

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RobMick wrote: +1 on the "bow look". If you have the chance to get into one and sit in the captain's chair looking towards the bow, it looks like a deck boat, not a bow rider.....again I think the weight issue is a bigger issue when looking to attract "new boaters" and their first boat....unless you have a vehicle "designed" for towing, this boat is too heavy/big....the mini-van, small crossover families could not tow this vehicle "safely" with their vehicle's tow limit of usually about 3500#


Well I will let you know. I have a 2015 Sienna SE with a 3500 lb tow capacity, and while I am not sold on the van being The Final Answer, I am going to slap a hitch on it and try it.

I also don't much care for the front end. I think the VR5 looks better than the VR6 because it's shorter and melds it's lines a little better. And 5 years ago, the VR boats WOULD have been deck boats.

What we are seeing is the evolution of the family bowrider, and Bayliner isn't the only one who is doing it.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 02 Feb 2016 20:23 #28

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Most cars with a 6 cylinder petrol engine or a 4 cylinder Diesel engine are capable of towing 3500 lbs / 1587 kgs here in Australia.

Don't see the big deal about the weight.
The 185br (18'0") vs VR5 (20'4"). . . . . Big difference in length.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 03 Feb 2016 21:53 #29

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David1975 wrote: Most cars with a 6 cylinder petrol engine or a 4 cylinder Diesel engine are capable of towing 3500 lbs / 1587 kgs here in Australia.

Don't see the big deal about the weight.
The 185br (18'0") vs VR5 (20'4"). . . . . Big difference in length.


The 5 includes the swim platform, which is bolted on. Take that off and the running surface matches the 185 pretty closely.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 04 Feb 2016 03:02 #30

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So did ya buy one yet Matt? They are sweet looking. Wish I could justify a new 2nd boat, but the wife would prob strangle me. She already gives me dirty looks when I tow home some ugly "project" boat. There may be a 1974 Tanzer in my side yard still

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 04 Feb 2016 14:49 #31

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johnoly99 wrote: So did ya buy one yet Matt? They are sweet looking. Wish I could justify a new 2nd boat, but the wife would prob strangle me. She already gives me dirty looks when I tow home some ugly "project" boat. There may be a 1974 Tanzer in my side yard still


Not yet, wife and I are still going through logistics, and I have to acknowledge the possibility that it may wait for another year.

I will make a decision at the end of this month. But if I were to buy a new boat right now, there's no doubt in my mind it would be a VR5.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 18 Mar 2016 16:49 #32

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I just ordered a VR6! It won't get to me in Stockholm until mid/late June but I feel I can't wait!

I got the VR6, 4.5L 250hp w/ A1 drive, desert sand interior, Seadek faux teak mat in cockpit and on swim platform, no head, stainless steel upgrade, with the bimini + boot.

i bought my first boat last summer, a new 2015 Bayliner 175 GT3 (an "international" model). We loved it so much we were out literally every possible chance. The only thing I wished for was more space, everything else was perfect, and the only thing my girlfriend wished for were higher gunwales and not feeling so close to the water. We went to a boat show last week with no intention of buying and came across the VR5, and fell in love. Then we saw the VR6 online and decided the extra price was worth those 2 extra feet and additional seating capacity, so we ordered it!

It was great to read this report, thanks for that! It makes me feel even happier and more confident about the trade-in. I've looked at practically every other boat in this size and price range, nothing comes close.

Excited!

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 21 Mar 2016 15:25 #33

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You will be very happy with your choice. This boat is going to be what puts the Bayliner quality reputation to bed once and for all.
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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 21 Mar 2016 22:18 #34

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Thanks for the review! As first-time boat buyers, we test rode a VR6 this past Saturday and were impressed. All the space and power we would want for our first boat. And I really liked the faux teak flooring. Made the boat look awesome. I appreciate this review more since we really went to look at the 642 Overnighter and there just isn't a lot of info out there on that boat. With similar hull and engine as the VR6, this review gives a good impression of comparative performance of the 642, especially regarding engine performance. The ride of the boats was very similar and I could see this being the bow rider we'd buy; however, we actually went with the 642 since we were looking for a cuddy anyway. Still, the VR6 is well worth a look and ride. Glad we took the opportunity.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 10 May 2016 08:10 #35

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I just took ownership of my VR5 a couple of weeks ago. I second everything that has been said so far...a real pleasure to drive!

One word of caution: make sure the snaps are secure on the walkway! I don't know for sure because I was alone on her at the time, but I suspect I didnt fasten one of the snaps fully. That little guy likely acted like a sail and took the whole sun pad off. In any case, it's gone. Bayliner is replacing it, thankfully, but lesson learned! The dealer said they didn't push back at all, so I'm likely not the first case like this.

Hopefully they will release a fix because those snaps will be undone frequently.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 10 May 2016 11:12 #36

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Wow that sucks. That snap design is questionable. At least they are replacing it. ;)

So how do you like the the Faux Teak flooring. I have it on my boat and have my concerns and likes. I would like to know your opinions of it.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 20 May 2016 18:11 #37

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How is the wake behind the VR6?
Does it have enough power to pull a slalom skier?

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 11 Jul 2016 19:24 #38

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First, I'm a new member as I have been looking for a while, decided on the VR5, and joining this group to get more info/insights. I have not ordered it yet. Should I go for the 2016 model or wait for the 2017 model? 2017 being 2nd model year, I would assume there would be some improvements. When is the best time to buy, to get the best deal? Lastly, my local Bayliner dealer has a VR5 with a 4.5L 250hp I/O. If this is not one of the three options, how is this possible? Here is the link: www.hallbergmarine.com/listing/bayliner-vr5-20-4/ I checked it out and the engine cover states 250hp...?

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 11 Jul 2016 20:25 #39

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I'd expect that the add is a mistake and that the boat has the 200HP version of the 4.5.

We're enjoying how our 4.5L 200 runs..

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 11 Jul 2016 21:48 #40

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My 2016 642 Overnighter I bought last fall came with the new generation 4.5L 200HP even though it's not listed as an option and it still isn't listed as one on their web site. Don't know how or why it ended up in that boat but I'm not complaining. It's a great motor.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 12 Jul 2016 19:11 #41

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BlueCrush wrote: First, I'm a new member as I have been looking for a while, decided on the VR5, and joining this group to get more info/insights. I have not ordered it yet. Should I go for the 2016 model or wait for the 2017 model? 2017 being 2nd model year, I would assume there would be some improvements. When is the best time to buy, to get the best deal? Lastly, my local Bayliner dealer has a VR5 with a 4.5L 250hp I/O. If this is not one of the three options, how is this possible? Here is the link: www.hallbergmarine.com/listing/bayliner-vr5-20-4/ I checked it out and the engine cover states 250hp...?

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I am not sure I can talk about this yet, but better to beg forgiveness.....

Bayliner (supposedly) quietly "turned on" the 250 hp option, (either already, or will be doing so shortly) for the VR5. Since it's the exact same engine as the 200 4.5, with only a different state of tune, it's not a big deal for them to throw it in since in terms of physical size, it's exactly the same size and weight. It's very possible that it's legit.

If it is in fact legit, JUMP on that boat. VERY rare, and is likely to remain so. The VR6 is a screamer with this engine (52 mph top end), and in the VR5 you are very likely looking at 55+ mph with that engine. It's the 2016 sleeper in the lineup.

I can't take credit for spurring them to do this, since I am sure this was a contingency from launch, but I did ask right off the bat if the 250 would go in the VR5. I got a twinkle in the eye from a few product guys on the home team.

They won't be doing the same for the VR6...the 250 is for sure the largest that boat will ever see. The 6.2L V8 won't fit.

I asked. :)
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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 14 Jul 2016 22:22 #42

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I took delivery of my VR6 today and had ordered it with the 250hp back in March. I'm in Europe so perhaps that's why it was available sooner? The dealer test drove it and had it up to 55mph. I didn't have it out long enough for the day to get it to an area to get up to speed, but WOW we love the boat and it's a massive difference to our 175 we traded in for it!
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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 15 Jul 2016 13:37 #43

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Download_Complete wrote: The VR6 gets a changing room with an optional porta potty (find another 20 foot bowrider that has one. Go ahead...we can wait)


Mine 87 Bayliner 2150 Capri has a changing room and a porta potty. :)

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 15 Jul 2016 13:41 #44

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I really like the way the the VR6 Looks and the layout of the seats etc. Nice job Bayliner!

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 20 Jul 2016 19:02 #45

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If you want to get technical, the VR6 is the spiritual successor to the 2150 Capri. Same horsepower nodes, same spot in the lineup, same accommodations.

My comment comes from the fact that the hull length is 20 feet, and the 2150 was 1 foot longer. So I was technically correct but...meh, who cares. :P

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 29 Jul 2016 18:54 #46

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The VR5 250HP option has officially been activated:
bayliner.com/build/vr5-bowrider/

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 29 Jul 2016 19:14 #47

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Not a bad uptick on price, if you ask me.

The VR6 is already a low-50 mph boat with this engine. A VR5 is nearly 1,000 lbs lighter. With the same engine, you'd best be holding on when the throttle is hit.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 30 Jul 2016 04:10 #48

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I wonder what it would take to 'update' a 4.5 / 200?

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 01 Aug 2016 14:33 #49

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Redwngr wrote: I wonder what it would take to 'update' a 4.3/200?


What do you mean by update?

You mean a 4.5/200? Because the only way you're updating a 4.3 is to yank it out and throw a 4.5 in it's place.

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Review: 2016 Bayliner VR5 and VR6 bowriders 02 Aug 2016 03:09 #50

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yes, of course, meant 4.5

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