In case you didn't take the hint from the introduction of the Bayliner Element, Bayliner is working hard to introduce a full line of new and improved models. Its bowrider line now features two new entries, the VR5 and the VR6, which have just hit the water. Note: these are nothing like older Bayliners. The designs are all new from the hull to the helm, and major construction changes have been made to the model. Check out what reviewer Alex Smith had to say, when he spotted a new VR6 at the Cannes boat show.


What Alex didn't get into are the construction tweaks that make the VR series unlike all previous Bayliner bowriders: the stringer systems are molded foam-filled fiberglass. Yes, that's right, these are wood-free boats. And just as important, the VR series boats are self-bailing. Previously, smaller boats in the Bayliner bowrider series depended on a bilge pump.

Now, are you ready for the real shocker? These boats actually MSRP for less than the boats they're replacing. The VR5 and VR6 obviously represent a huge new direction for Bayliner, and you can bet we'll be covering them in much more detail. So stay tuned; we'll have a full review of the VR6 coming in short order, and a video boat review of the VR5 is already on the way - make sure you check back on for the next few weeks, to learn more about these boats.

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The Bayliner VR6 represents a new age in bowriders, for Bayliner.

This boat is so new that it hasn't made it to all the dealerships yet, but you can glimpse some early Bayliner VR6 listings.

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.