Bayliner is no stranger to the boats we know as bowriders, with their walk-through split in the windshield that allows free passage from the cockpit to the forward seating well, where passengers can relax, recline or sunbathe in anticipation of a day of adventure and freedom on the water. Bayliner’s 170 Bowrider has all this and more.

Continue reading for more information on the Bayliner 170 Bowrider.

Overview

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Bayliner’s 170 Bowrider keeps it simple with 17 feet of boat that’s more than a fishing barge but less than a family cruiser, with reasonable power and conveniences. Well designed and built, you have a choice of reasonably powerful Mercury outboards. In addition to a simple boat with which to explore the watery world in company of your family or friends, you have a choice of watersports and fishing packages, as well, making the 170 Bowrider a boat for all uses.

Seaworthiness

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You might think Bayliner builds slab-sided boats that lack a low, sleek appearance when, what they actually build is a boat with enough distance between the waterline and the top of the gunwales to pretty much keep the water outside of the boat. This makes the Bayliner 170 quite seaworthy, for a 17-foot bowrider. When you add foam flotation to the hull and a 500-gph bilge pump, you have a boat that can stand up to almost anything except human error. Power comes from a choice of Mercury outboards: the standard 90-horsepower four-stroke or the 115-horsepower EFI four-stroke, both of which are powerful enough to get you out of trouble if used judiciously.

From the Captain’s Chair

The 170 Bowrider’s cockpit has dual bucket seats. There are remote engine controls mounted beside a dash that includes a four-in-one gauge incorporating a speedometer, tachometer and voltage and fuel readouts. The padded steering wheel tilts for operator convenience and comfort and controls a rack and pinion steering system. A wraparound, safety-glass windshield offers shelter from spray and is equipped with a pass-through center that allows access to the forward, bowrider seating. A 12-volt horn lets you signal your intentions. A bench seat upholstered in a wipe-clean fabric stretches across the rear of the cockpit and completes the boat’s seating arrangements.

Comforts & Conveniences

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The Bayliner 170’s high sides provide the freeboard and extra space for large, boat-length spaces for storage, in addition to a lockable glove box in the cockpit. This oversize storage means you can carry more supplies with less clutter.

For those who fish, the optional fishing package includes a non-skid casting platform and pedestal casting chair in the boat’s forward seating well, along with a Mercury MotorGuide trolling motor, an aerated live-well, a Lowrance Elite 3X fish finder and dedicated rod storage in one side of the hull. There are two tradeoffs for the fishing package, though. The first is the requirement to upgrade to the 115-horsepower EFI Mercury outboard; the second is the required upgrade to the high-capacity trailer to carry the added weight.

Another option is for the wakeboard crowd: the Flight Series package. This option includes a wakeboard tower, a Hyperlite Wakeboard package, frequency bindings, a Hyperlite Motive wakeboard, a padded board bag, an Apex wakeboard rope with handle, and “Flight” graphics on a solid-color hull and stainless steel trim upgrades on the fuel cap, through-hull fittings, horn, vent and rub-rail. The otherwise-optional Bimini top and boot is standard with this package.

If you decide to forego the Flight Series package or the Fishing package, you still have a number of options available on Bayliner’s Bowrider 170, including a Bimini top and boot, a cockpit cover that extends to cover the bow seating area, carpet runners for the cockpit, an optional Desert Sand interior, a digital depth finder, a fiberglass liner, an AM/FM stereo with input jacks for an iPod or other MP3 player, and a ski-wakeboard pylon and wakeboard racks without purchasing the whole Flight Series option.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Bayliner rarely builds a bad boat and that’s the first thing to be said for its 170 Bowrider – its Bayliner heritage shows through very quickly. From its seakeeping ability to the quality of its fit and finish, it is undeniably a Bayliner. The 170 Bowrider, like every bowrider-type boat, provides a floating entertainment platform in light seas of 1-to-3 feet. It’s simple to operate, has options for fishing and watersports and comes packaged with either a standard or a heavy-duty trailer. With no options, the 2015 170 Bowrider’s priced under $18,000. By carefully selecting options, you can still own it for under $20,000, not bad for turnkey boat ownership.

2015 Bayliner 170 Bowrider Standard Features:

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Cockpit

• Aft Bench Seating
• Beverage Holders
• Bucket Seating (2)

Engine

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• 90 HP Mercury 4-Stroke
• Engine Compartment
• 500-gph Bilge Pump

Helm

• 12V Horn
• 3-in-1 Speedometer, Volt & Fuel, and Tachometer
• Padded Steering Wheel & Tilt Steering
• Rack & Pinion Steering
• Side-Mounted Engine Controls w/Trim & Tilt Switch in Handle

Hull and Deck

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• Bow & Transom Eyes
• Integral Transom Platform w/Ladder
• Mooring Cleats (4)
• Safety Handholds
• Wraparound Windshield w/Safety Glass & Opening Center Section

Trailer

• Single-Axle Black Painted w/Tongue Jack & Swing-Away Tongue

2015 Bayliner 170 Bowrider Options Features:

Color Selection
• Arctic White Hull & Deck w/Black Hullside
• Arctic White Hull & Deck w/Blue Hullside
• Arctic White Hull & Deck w/Red Hullside

Engine
• 115 HP Mercury 4-Stroke

Option Packages
• Fishing Package

  • Aerated Livewell
  • MotorGuide® Bow Mount Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Lowrance® Elite 3x Fishfinder
  • Non-Skid Bow Casting Platform & Pedestal Seat
  • Hullside Rod Storage
  • Requires High Capacity Trailer Upgrade Option. Requires Upgrade to: 115 HP EFI, Mercury 4-Stroke.
    • Flight Series Package
  • Solid Color Hull w/Flight Graphics
  • Wakeboard Tower
  • Integrated Over the Tower Bimini Top w/Boot
  • Stainless Steel Trim Upgrades (Fuel Fill, Thru Hulls, Horn Vent, Rub Rail)
    • Hyperlite® Wakeboard Package
  • Hyperlite® Motive Board
  • Frequency Bindings
  • Padded Board Bag
  • Apex Rope With Handle
    • Preferred Equipment Package
  • Bimini Canvas Top w/Boot
  • Hullside Graphics
  • Stainless Steel Trim Upgrades (Fuel Fill, Thru Hulls, Horn Vent, Rub Rail)

Optional Features
• Bimini Top w/Boot
• Bow Well/Cockpit Cover
• Cockpit Carpet Runners
• Desert Sand Interior Exchange
• Digital Depth Indicator
• Fiberglass Liner
• Ski-Tow Pylon
• Wakeboard Rack (Pair)
• Wakeboard Rack (Single)
• Waterproof 120-watt AM/ FM Stereo w/Audio Input for iPod & Mp3

Trailer
• Australian Trailer Upgrade
• High Capacity Galvanized Swing Tongue Trailer
• High Capacity Painted Swing Tongue Trailer
• Pro Street Package Trailer (Painted Trailer only)

  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Painted Steel Fenders w/Diamond Plate Non-Skid
  • Upgraded Winch
  • LED Lights
    • Single-Axle Galvanized Trailer

Specifications

Length overall (LOA) 17’6" (5.33 m)
Beam 2.11 m
Weight 795 kg
Draft max 89 m
Fuel capacity 79.5 L
People capacity 5
Max people weight 375 kg
Engine Mercury 4-Stroke EFI - 90 HP
Max engine power 130 HP
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