Bayliner’s New VR5 Wins Big in Miami
Bayliner’s innovative momentum hit a major stride at this year’s Miami International Boat Show when its new VR5 won the show’s Innovation award for Best Bowrider or Cuddy—as judged by a panel of writers from Boating Writers International. This was amid formidable competition from boats in all price ranges, which speaks volumes about the quality and value you get when you buy a Bayliner.
The Bayliner VR5’s innovative design has several major benefits from enhanced performance and refined styling to more usable interior space.
In terms of usable space maximization the credit goes to two Bayliner’s design approaches; BeamForward™ and AftAdvantage™. When you compare the bow section of the VR5, which has a running surface of 18 feet, to like-size runabouts, the difference in space is obvious. A traditional design’s more pointed bow quickly limits its usable space. The VR5’s design creates a, large, oversized bow rider section.
In the cockpit, most runabout designs begin integrating their swim platforms over the running surface, the VR5 moves the swim platform aft of it, using all the area over the hull for seating and lounging. Together with the boat’s full 8 feet of beam, this makes the VR5 a standout value when it comes to cost per square foot. Comparatively, the VR5 has the interior space of boats up to 2 feet longer—most typical 18 foot runabouts will actually fit inside the new VR5, which has a LOA of 20’ 4” but priced comparable to most 18-footers.
We’ve also added a three-position companion seat, rear lounger with walk-thru, a self bailing cockpit, a quick-planing Deep-V hull design with all-fiberglass stringer system, and distinctive hull side sculpting. We think you’ll see we have made innovative strides in redefining what boaters can expect in an 18-foot runabout.