Bayliner Boats will celebrate 60 years in business with a dealer conference, September 22-24, hosted at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
The conference, themed "The Evolution of a Legacy," will celebrate the dealers, customers and products that have built the brand from its humble beginnings to one of the most notable boat brands in the world.
“Bayliner has put more families on the water than any other recreational boat company,” said Bayliner President Keith Yunger. “This year’s conference celebrates our dealers, employees, products and the people that have enjoyed them over the decades. It’s a milestone few can match and we’re very proud of it.”
The three-day meeting will feature a business meeting with a retrospective on the company. There will
also be boats displayed in the hotel’s interior waterway, live entertainment and a meeting room setup
unlike anything the company has done in the past.
Bayliner was started in 1957 in Seattle, where it began making wooden runabouts. The company later moved to fiberglass construction in 1966. In 1982, Bayliner introduced the Total Value Package, making it the first to sell the boat, motor and trailer together—at a very affordable price. The concept drove the company to previously uncharted success in the marine industry, while casting the die for how most boats are sold today.
Bayliner also pioneered several innovative construction practices, including Unitized Construction; where all components are fiberglassed together to create a single, stronger unit. Bayliner also introduced its signature BeamForward design, bringing the full beam dimension farther forward than traditional designs, creating more usable interior space and storage.
Most recently, it introduced AftAvantage to its VR Series runabouts. This design concept increases the aft seating area by carrying the seating area back to the aft most point of the running surface, then adding the swim platform at the end of the running surface, as opposed to further forward. This keeps the swim platform separate from the usable interior space rather than encroaching on it.