Watch the Bayliner Discovery 266 Video Boat Review

Overview: A single-engine pocket cruiser with an enclosed helm and a fishing cockpit.Bayliner 266 Discovery


  • Dedicate a larger percentage of the boat to an enclosed helm and cabin, but reserve enough space for a fishable cockpit.

  • Provide complete weather protection to extend the boating season.Bayliner Discovery 266 performance data


  • Fiberglass-encapsulated stringers; sliding side windows; fully linered cockpit and cabin.


  • Single sterndrive provides a surprisingly fast top end for a boat of this nature, nearing 40 mph.

  • High center of gravity means it’s on the tender side.


  • 17-degree deadrise and chunky (6,820-lb) disposition bulls waves out of the way.

  • Hole shot is sufficient for fishing and cruising, but not for pulling skiers or wakeboarders.Video Boat Review graphic

Bayliner Discovery 266 specifications

  • Cabin size is equivalent to that of a 28’ to 30’ boat, but cockpit size is equivalent to that of a 22’ or 24’ boat.

  • Extended hardtop provides sun protection. Cockpit bimini provides complete sun protection.

Written by: Lenny Rudow
With over two decades of experience in marine journalism, Lenny Rudow has contributed to publications including YachtWorld,, Boating Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Boating World, Saltwater Sportsman, Texas Fish & Game, and many others. Lenny is a graduate of the Westlawn School of Yacht Design, and he has won numerous BWI and OWAA writing awards.