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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 17:23 #1

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Just curious I hav'nt seen much in the way of the 89 2755 on BOC are their more out there ? does any one know the history?

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Somebody rang? :)

The 1989 2755 (not to be confused with the 1980s 2750 Ciera) was intended to be a euro-style cruiser. The bottom line is its not much bigger than a same-year 2455 and most people went with the wide beam 2655 at that point in time.

They aren't as common as that 2655, but they do perform better. They were available with a big block, which is incredibly rare. (I know...I am looking for one).

The 1989s only came with OMCs, the 1990 - 1994s came with Mercs.

Because they are relatively rare, there aren't as many on the BOC as other models.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 17:36 #3

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Matt, can you give me some info/history on the wide beam 2655 ?
Years of production ? What replaced it ? What would be the best engine/outdrive combo for it ?
Thanks.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 17:50 #4

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Hello Matt I'm in Rock Island I guess were neighbors anyway since they are rare does that mean the resale value is good When I bought this one ( 16 months )I bought it because it had the small block 351 ford windsor (wish it had mercruiser)which at that time it was hard to find .I love the euro style that you mentioned could use more room though and dont know if this is true for all bayliners about that age but there is very little storage space Im thinking of adding some would that increase or decrease value Doug

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:00 #5

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dwoodford;404161 wrote: Hello Matt I'm in Rock Island I guess were neighbors anyway since they are rare does that mean the resale value is good When I bought this one ( 16 months )I bought it because it had the small block 351 ford windsor (wish it had mercruiser)which at that time it was hard to find .I love the euro style that you mentioned could use more room though and dont know if this is true for all bayliners about that age but there is very little storage space Im thinking of adding some would that increase or decrease value Doug


Howdy neighbor!

Its a 20 year old Bayliner. Resale value is a range from low to high, and "value added" is very limited on these boats. So no, it won't raise resale value since its more of a rarity than a collectible. If you had gotten a big block, it would be worth more.

I say add strorage if thats what will make the boat for you.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:07 #6

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cwelch;404153 wrote: Matt, can you give me some info/history on the wide beam 2655 ?
Years of production ? What replaced it ? What would be the best engine/outdrive combo for it ?
Thanks.


The 2655 came out in 1988 as a replacement for this boat, the 1985 - 1987 2550 Ciera Sunbridge (also called a Designers Edition):

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You can see that despite a restyling, they are basically the same boat, same "footprint", and exact same layout:

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THe 2550 was sold with a 5.0L (shudder) and a 5.7L 260 hp Volvo up to 1986. In 1987 they switched to OMCs, and some of them got the 7.5L 460 KC. The 2655 got the 260 and the 460KC. The 460 is the one to get in terms of performance, however, you will have the parts and servicing issues to worry about. Since you're in salt water, I would not recommend that.

In 1990 the 2655 switched to Merc power and instead of the 460 got a 454 and a Bravo 1. If you like the 2655, I'd target my search for that one. (I have a 1990 pictured above. Aside from the '88, I think the '90 has the most attractive color scheme).

In 1991, they added a swim platform to the 2655 and it became the 2855. Slight restyle, but same basic boat and power options:

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This boat is directly related to the current 285 cruiser.

The 2655 moniker was transferred to a molded-in-swimplatform version of the 2455 in 1991, but the boat was around in 1990 as a 2651 (to avoid confusion with the wide beam 2655).

The 2855 moniker was available in 1991 because the previous 2850/2855 Contessa was canned in 1989.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:12 #7

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We own a '90, 2755 with the Merc 5.7L, and it is for sale....bought it new in 91, so we had it a long time, and lived almost full time in it from 2000 until we bought the 32 last year. We managed with the space available and enjoyed the boat, alot.

Dock neighbours of ours have the 89 with the OMCs. They have it up for sale, also, with a trailer. They rarely used it, and had constant trouble with the engine and the outdrive the last 3 years, to the point of "giving up" with it.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:14 #8

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Spitfire;404178 wrote: We own a '90, 2755 with the Merc 5.7L, and it is for sale....bought it new in 91, so we had it a long time, and lived almost full time in it from 2000 until we bought the 32 last year. We managed with the space available and enjoyed the boat, alot.

Dock neighbours of ours have the 89 with the OMCs. They have it up for sale, also, with a trailer. They rarely used it, and had constant trouble with the engine and the outdrive the last 3 years, to the point of "giving up" with it.


If you had a 454 with a Bravo 1, you and I would be talking about your 2755 right about now.

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:15 #9

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thats pretty damn good knowledge right there, what are your thoughts on 2001 2655, My beam is pretty wide, I think its 9.5 and I must say very comfortable lay out for that size...

Download_Complete;404171 wrote: The 2655 came out in 1988 as a replacement for this boat, the 1985 - 1987 2550 Ciera Sunbridge (also called a Designers Edition):

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You can see that despite a restyling, they are basically the same boat, same "footprint", and exact same layout:

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THe 2550 was sold with a 5.0L (shudder) and a 5.7L 260 hp Volvo up to 1986. In 1987 they switched to OMCs, and some of them got the 7.5L 460 KC. The 2655 got the 260 and the 460KC. The 460 is the one to get in terms of performance, however, you will have the parts and servicing issues to worry about. Since you're in salt water, I would not recommend that.

In 1990 the 2655 switched to Merc power and instead of the 460 got a 454 and a Bravo 1. If you like the 2655, I'd target my search for that one. (I have a 1990 pictured above. Aside from the '88, I think the '90 has the most attractive color scheme).

In 1991, they added a swim platform to the 2655 and it became the 2855. Slight restyle, but same basic boat and power options:

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This boat is directly related to the current 285 cruiser.

The 2655 moniker was transferred to a molded-in-swimplatform version of the 2455 in 1991, but the boat was around in 1990 as a 2651 (to avoid confusion with the wide beam 2655).

The 2855 moniker was available in 1991 because the previous 2850/2855 Contessa was canned in 1989.

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Download_Complete;404180 wrote: If you had a 454 with a Bravo 1, you and I would be talking about your 2755 right about now.


I wish.....:D

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2755 anyone? 12 Jan 2010 18:58 #11

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Download_Complete;404169 wrote: Howdy neighbor!

Its a 20 year old Bayliner. Resale value is a range from low to high, and "value added" is very limited on these boats. So no, it won't raise resale value since its more of a rarity than a collectible. If you had gotten a big block, it would be worth more.

I say add strorage if thats what will make the boat for you.


Thanks for all the info Matt wish I would have talked to you before the purchase! I do like the style of my boat again I wish it had the mercruiser I had thought about finding a parts boat and changing it over I think the only issue would be the hole through the transom any others I think I could resolve . This is my first bayliner and my first cruiser (love it) have been boating for many years with run abouts easy to trailer, since I live on the river now thats not an issue. I gotta say every time I read your slinky quote it makes me laugh !!!

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dwoodford;404198 wrote: Thanks for all the info Matt wish I would have talked to you before the purchase! I do like the style of my boat again I wish it had the mercruiser I had thought about finding a parts boat and changing it over I think the only issue would be the hole through the transom any others I think I could resolve . This is my first bayliner and my first cruiser (love it) have been boating for many years with run abouts easy to trailer, since I live on the river now thats not an issue. I gotta say every time I read your slinky quote it makes me laugh !!!


Glad you got a giggle out of it. I have a pretty cynical sense of humor.

Finding a parts boat may not be a bad idea. THe OMC hole was advertised as being the same template as the Merc cutout. You actually have a lot of options with an OMC Cobra powered boat:

1. The cutout is identical to a Merc. You could find a Merc Bravo and repower.

2. Volvo Penta purchased OMC and reused a lot of their transom equipment. There is a swap that you can do which pairs a newer VP SX or DP drive with your existing transom shield:

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3. SEI just introduced an OMC Cobra adaptation:

http://www.sterndrive.cc/

4. You could find a Volvo Penta AQ series and open the transom hole up (thus getting rid of potential rot) and gaining all the benefits of a late AQ series VP.

If you like the boat, look into these options.

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Moore Debt;404182 wrote: thats pretty damn good knowledge right there, what are your thoughts on 2001 2655, My beam is pretty wide, I think its 9.5 and I must say very comfortable lay out for that size...


Whle its not technically related (that is, it hasn't been in continuous production since the 1980s thus giving it a historical link like the current 285), its basically a modern reinterpretation of the 2550/2655/2855 and as such, I consider them to be related in a way.

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2755 anyone? 13 Jan 2010 02:16 #14

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dwoodford;404198 wrote: Thanks for all the info Matt wish I would have talked to you before the purchase! I do like the style of my boat again I wish it had the mercruiser I had thought about finding a parts boat and changing it over I think the only issue would be the hole through the transom any others I think I could resolve . This is my first bayliner and my first cruiser (love it) have been boating for many years with run abouts easy to trailer, since I live on the river now thats not an issue. I gotta say every time I read your slinky quote it makes me laugh !!!

I like my 2755 alot as the lines are unique and appealing. It has added storage which helps. I could send you pictures if you'd like to see them PM me. I also have '89 brochures (pdf) if you'd like to see them. Otherwise for a 8.5' beam, it has alot of well used space. Most SeaRay and Crownline owners at our marina are amazed at the space mine has. The Cobra is bullet proof and parts are plentiful. My Ford runs great with a fresh carb though it only has 300+ hours on it. You MUST find a GOOD OMC mechanic to adjust the shift cables to keep in running nice or learn to master it yourself. Recently I hit something and had to replace the lower unit and I considered the switch to the VP SX as Matt shows, but couldn't justify all the cost and uncertainty with making the switch.
John

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2755 anyone? 14 Jan 2010 04:07 #15

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You'll love it. Can't speak to the OMC but the 454 Merc Cruisers great.

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Edd;405031 wrote: You'll love it. Can't speak to the OMC but the 454 Merc Cruisers great.



If I may, what performance are you seeing with the 454? Top speed, cruising speed, etc?

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The 2755 is a great boat that was last produced in 1990. I have had mine since 1993 and couldn't be happier with it. Of course, I'm saying that after numerous modifications over the years to personalize it for easier, more enjoyable cruising. The changes can be found on BOC. I think you, as well as other 2755 owners, would enjoy viewing them. If you have trouble finding them let me know and I can direct you. Mark Sprague Boat- Jentara Dream 1990 2755 260HP mercruiser Alpha1. I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Matt, where can I get cribbing like this? :D :rolleyes:

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Matt some of the 87 2550s had Volvos in them. I use to own one and it was a pig in the water, way under powered.

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Captain Ron;405140 wrote: Matt some of the 87 2550s had Volvos in them. I use to own one and it was a pig in the water, way under powered.


Those were early-production closeouts where the factory was using up old VP stock. They were anomolies.

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Incorrect. The last 2755 rolled out of the plant in 1993. There is one for sale on boattrader right now.

mwswatermark@yahoo.com;405047 wrote: The 2755 is a great boat that was last produced in 1990. I have had mine since 1993 and couldn't be happier with it. Of course, I'm saying that after numerous modifications over the years to personalize it for easier, more enjoyable cruising. The changes can be found on BOC. I think you, as well as other 2755 owners, would enjoy viewing them. If you have trouble finding them let me know and I can direct you. Mark Sprague Boat- Jentara Dream 1990 2755 260HP mercruiser Alpha1. I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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mwswatermark@yahoo.com;405047 wrote: The 2755 is a great boat that was last produced in 1990. I have had mine since 1993 and couldn't be happier with it. Of course, I'm saying that after numerous modifications over the years to personalize it for easier, more enjoyable cruising. The changes can be found on BOC. I think you, as well as other 2755 owners, would enjoy viewing them. If you have trouble finding them let me know and I can direct you. Mark Sprague Boat- Jentara Dream 1990 2755 260HP mercruiser Alpha1. I can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mark's boat is a MUST SEE for any 2755 owner, the mods are great. (Thanks again Mark)

Download_Complete wrote: If I may, what performance are you seeing with the 454? Top speed, cruising speed, etc?


I don't have a GPS as I boat on a large lake, 35 by Speedometer (don't believe it) with full fuel, water and all the other "boat stuff" for a couple days out.

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Interesting, I would have thought the top end would be higher with the big block and B2. I have a 1990 2755 with a new 5.7 TKS and Alpha one drive. My top speed, GPS, is 36 mph on calm day. Cruise @ 3300 rpm is 27 mph. The boat is equipped with a 16x16 aluminum prop. All and all, I'm pretty happy with the small block in this boat. Maybe the extra weight of the 454 offsets the horsepower gain?

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dwoodford;404143 wrote: Just curious I hav'nt seen much in the way of the 89 2755 on BOC are their more out there ? does any one know the history?


I also have a 2755 (89) and love it. Made some modifications over the last two years, and this winter will be doing more in the bow, building a perminent bed for our 7 year old. I'll post some pics if your interested.

Re-powerd with the same engine in 2008. Very happy with speed. I removed the hot water tank, since we always live on the hook weekends, and it requires AC to operate.

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