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    Originally posted by dumluck53 View Post
    Good Afternoon, Beautiful upgrades! Say, not sure where to post this question. I am looking at a couple of boats, one of which is a 2005, 285, with a 5.7. Do you think the 5.7 is a big enough motor for this model? Thank you in advance! ---Tony
    I have a 2004 285 w/5.7 (Mercruiser 350 Mag)... Wish it was a bit faster sometimes; most of the time cruising at 20 mph/3000 rpms is good enough, but only had it to 30 mph with current/wind on my side full-throttle.

    So depends on what your definition of "big enough" is. Love the boat in general...
    2004 Bayliner Cierra 285
    1987 Bayliner Capri 1950 (sold)
    Intercoastal Panhandle FL


    • Spyderweb2
      Spyderweb2 commented
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      My 2007 285 with 5.7 Mercruiser 350 seems most comfortable at around 3800 rpm and does around 26-27 mph. At WOT with full canvas on and bottom paint, it'll do 36-38 mph (gps). No way will it run at 20 mph unless tabs are down to hold it on plane. I wonder if your speedometer is off, or you have bottom fouling, or some other issue going on.

    I seem to have a "rain" leak in my cabin... The first is in the seat/storage compartment between the sink/counter and bow birth on the port side. The second is in the stern berth, in the storage/headboard compartment, also on the port side. Has anyone else had this issue, and if so were you able to track down where the leak was?

    I'm in FL and have it on a boat lift at my dock, so I'm sure it was not "in" the water during the leak. Much thanks!
    2004 Bayliner Cierra 285
    1987 Bayliner Capri 1950 (sold)
    Intercoastal Panhandle FL


      Most of my changes have been electrical/electronics (plus some gadgets that really don't need!).
      • Install new battery system
        • 2 x DP31DT house , 1 x 27M6 Engine battery
        • Blue Sea Systems ML7622 ACR with remote control switch
        • 2 x ML7700 Battery Solenoids (Blue Sea Systems)
        • 2 x Contura 2145 remote switches
        • Xantrex Linklite Battery Monitor
        • Victron MultiPlus 50 Amp Battery Charger/Inverter
      • Change all light bulbs to LED
      • Add MercMonitor (with embedded NMEA interface)
      • Add Mercury VesselView Mobile
      • Build NMEA 2000 Backbone
      • Add Garmin GPSMAP 547s Chartplotter/Sounder with Garmin 21TM Transducer
        • Plus, Faria Depth Sounder with Ambient and Water Temp sensors
      • Add Mercury Rudder Angle Indicator
      • Add Garmin VHF200
      • Add dAISy AIS
      • Add Maxwell Chain Counter
      • Add TechEdge monitor for Fresh, Gray and Black water tanks
      • Add Bennett AC 3000 Automatic Trim Tab Control
      • Replace original with 35 lb ULTRA anchor with all stainless steel chain (200 ft)
      • Replace 3-rung swim ladder with 4-rung swim ladder
      • Custom-made canvass for shade

      Enjoy boating!
      Retired, computer expert / executive
      Bayliner 285 Cruiser / Mercruiser QSD 4.2L 320 HP Diesel
      Live in the Bay Area, CA, USA, boat in Turkey
      D-Marin @ Turgutreis in Bodrum/Turkey


        I had a similar leak to you. I traced it to the anchor locker where water was getting between the hull joint and wicking around under where the top and bottom shells are riveted together. I sealed around the joint in the locker with 3M 5200 and resolved the issue.
        I hope this helps?


          I was asked to show a picture of my AquaMat carpets and steering wheel and dash upgrades.

          2004 Bayliner 285 350 MPI Bravo III
          2007 Bayliner 192 Discovery 3.0 135HP (sold)
          2000 Ciera 2455 sold
          Redmond, Washington
          The one on the Left (Wet) Coast