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Boat Reviews By Owners

1987 -- 32' 0" Bayliner

Model: 3218

Cockpit: Full width X 7', visibility from lower station good to starboard through aft cabin door, to port partially blocked by dinette, visibility from upper station good if pilot stands up.

Cabin: Cabin is well laid out w/ V birth forward w/hanging locker & storage under, U shaped galley to port, head w/shower stb, up steps to main solon is dinette/full bed & lower station, under solon is 3rd cabin with queen bunk, sink & hanging locker plus access to front of engines & the "cave" w/holding tank/charger/water heater etc.

Construction: Solid fiberglass hull, balsa core decks & cabin tops. Support by cabin door will need beefing up over time, water leaks between cabin top & sides rot stringer over side windows. If stb engine is removed be sure to pull fuel tank and install new vent & fill hose, otherwise extremely difficult.

Handling: Handles & rides fine out on the bay. Will want to broach quartering a following sea. At anchor or docked rolls crazily from boat wakes. Much over a 5 knot wind it swings back forth 30' off center on mooring or anchor. Docking is fine with no wind must be done mostly with engines. Near impossible to maneuver in harbor on one engine. With so little keel & large "sail" area very tough to dock with the wind against you.

Engine Room: (2) Volvo 225hp gas engine (ie 305 Chevys), plenty of power, will plane with help of trim tabs, cruises nicely at about 6 knots, planing 16-22 knots (& 27gph),

General Comments: We used her for cruising & day picnics. Comfortable to stay aboard.

Email Address: Lots of experienced folks on owner forum


Date Submitted: 2014-03-13

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