The Baja 242 Islander is the life of the party: with brains, style and a huge appetite for fun and adventure, you’re sure to have a good time no matter where you and your pals cruise.
The engine compartment is beneath the sunpad; it has an electric hatch and comes with dedicated lighting. Opening it you’ll find the 320 hp MerCruiser® MX 6.2L/320 HP/Bravo I standard engine that can be changed with one of the optional ones: the 374 hp MerCruiser® 496 Magnum/375 HP/Bravo I engine or the 425 hp MerCruiser® 496 Magnum HO/425 HP/Bravo X/Lantham Steering engine.
The 242’s canes with standard four-color in-gel graphics let you make your own statement, and onlookers will do wicked double takes. The True-V hull and standard bolster seats keep the ride smooth even when the water’s rough, and when is time to get wet, an extended platform with walkway makes water access a kid’s play.
The walk-through of the Baja 242 Islander is on the port side providing space to have a love seat with a wraparound seat and a chase lounge. This is the best seat in the house because two people can stretch out and soak up the sun or enjoy the ride while blasting about the lake. There are plenty of cup holders up here and lots of storage too. A small table is available for the bow, as is a filler cushion that converts the bow into a big sun pad. The 242 Islander has standard bolster seats to envelop you in safety and comfort, no matter how rough the water. You’ll find a filler cushion that converts the bow into a sunpad. The port gunwale has a carpeted locker for wakeboards or other water toys.
There’s a massive amount of storage for skis and water sport equipment space under the sunpad sections, in the extra-large consoles, under the seats, and within the in-floor locker.
The 242 Islander has a roomy cockpit. Drop bottom bolster seats are at the helm, while an aft bench makes up the seating in the rear.
Traffic flows nicely from the wide swim platform to the cockpit even if somebody stops to use the freshwater shower on the swim platform. Moving aft, you will transition through the offset wraparound windshield.
242 Islander (helm)
The helm console conceals a changing room with a bench and optional Porta Potti. The helm layout is like all the other Baja’s, functional and easy to use. Faria gauges and Kiekhaefer controls are complimented by the custom steering wheel. To port, is the companion seat with access to the marine grade Clarion CD stereo and a large glove box. The high-performance helm is not merely a “sporty” bowrider driving station. Large Livorsi gauges stare at you from within the carbon-fiber dash, which matches the Isotta R-Evo racing wheel. Completing the performance setup is the Livorsi control binnacles and Lenco HD electric trim tabs with Christmas tree light position indicators.
It’s exceedingly comfortable, and as you swing your feet onto the deck and switch to the outboard backrest of the V-seat, you also find it ergonomically correct and a filler cushion that fits into place when the entire crew.
The V-bottom hull and end-grain balsa construction provides a solid, comfortable ride and an ultra-smooth ride in the rough stuff. It’s an easy boat to drive at any speed and carves turns with alacrity. For those who want to take advantage of the standard ski tow, putting the tabs down gets you on plane much faster, allowing you to pull skiers with ease.
At speed, the Islander crested 2-foot chop with style and comfort. At the top speed of 61 mph, you’ll have to duck below the windshield. The attitude this boat exudes comes through in its 24-degree deadrise hull. Crisp helm commands were rewarded by crisp response.
The Baja 242 Islander is perfect for any day out on the water. The Islander is an exciting sportboat perfect for the entry-level boater looking for something easy to handle, yet still a lot of fun. You’ll get notice in your Baja 242 Islander thanks to its hot styling, speedy performance and clever deck layout. The 242 Islander is perfect for any day out on the water. This bow rider has plenty of room for fun with friends or an active family making it the boat that gives the bowrider crowds the amenities and fun-in-the-sun quotient they expect but with the performance they’ve always dreamed of.
Control, Performance: w/Trim on Handle (Livorsi™)
Hour Meter: Integrated into Tachometer
Instrumentation: with Livorsi™ Gauges - Backlit Red
Steering Wheel, Custom: Black w/Satin Finish Spokes
Switches, Rocker: Engraved Illuminated Text
Battery Tray: w/Switch
Switch Panel & Fuse Box
Length: 24 ft. & 2 in. (7.37 m) Length w/Swim Platform: 25 ft. & 9.5 in. (7.86 m)
Beam: 8 ft. & 6 in. (2.59 m) Weight: 4,400 lbs (1,996 kg) Draft: 38 in. (96.5 cm) Deadrise at Transom: 24 degrees Fuel Capacity: 102 gal (386l) Passenger Capacity: 8 Standard Engine:
320 HP: MerCruiser® MX 6.2L/320 HP/Bravo I
375 HP: MerCruiser® 496 Magnum/375 HP/Bravo I
425 HP: MerCruiser® 496 Magnum HO/425 HP/Bravo X/Lantham Steering