Bayliner has announced the addition of outboard power options to its VR5 and VR6 models. The VR5 and VR6 were introduced in 2016. The VR5 has been awarded both The Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award for outstanding runabout, and Boating Industry magazine’s Top Products award.
“The addition of outboard power is a great offering for boaters in coastal markets, as well as those in seasonal markets looking to extend their boating season,” said Bayliner’s president, Keith Yunger. “This adds even more utility to an already value-packed design.”
Bayliner said this power configuration also creates one of the largest stern storage compartments in this size of boat, with the space that otherwise houses the I/O’s engine being converted to a high-volume dry storage locker.
Otherwise, the boats are identical to their sterndrive counterparts, employing Bayliner’s BeamForward design, which carries 8’ of beam further forward in the boat. This is desgined to provide a roomier bow section that expands the comfort and capacity of the bowrider area.
In the cockpit, the boat features Bayliner’s new AftAdvantage design built to increase the rear seating area by carrying it back to the aft most point of the running surface and letting the swim platform extend beyond that. This keeps the swim platform separate from the usable interior space rather than encroaching on it.
The VR5’s outboard options include Mercury Marine’s 115 HP 4-Stroke Outboard and 150 HP 4-Stroke Outboard, and the VR6 offers Mercury Marine’s 150 HP 4-Stroke Outboard and 200 HP 4-Stroke Verado Outboard.