2015 Bayliner Element XL
The Bayliner Element XL is the midsize bowrider in Bayliner’s Element series that also includes the Element and the Element XR7. It carries nine passengers, vs. the Element’s six- and the Element XR7’s 16. The Element XL features Bayliner’s M-hull, a hull designed to get you up on plane straight out of the hole, while keeping the boat flatter, and therefore, more comfortable, in turns. Paired with a 90-horse, four-cylinder Mercury outboard, or an optional 115-horsepower, electronically fuel injected Mercury, the Element XL features multiple seating options, a transom with swim platform and ladder and an intuitive control and instrument package.
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2015 Bayliner Element XL
The hull’s M-cross section is apparent from the boat’s stern when the boat is nestled on its trailer. When the M-shape bottom settles the boat’s 2,000 pounds onto a trailer, the bunks fit into the peaks of the M. It’s unlikely to move, although you still have to strap it down. This hull shape keeps the boat flatter in turns, making it corner like an automobile; evidently Bayliner’s customer research indicated that boaters found the prospect of leaning into a turn disconcerting. The problem is, although the hull is very stable overall, it’s not a good hull shape for high speeds or rough seas. That means that this party boat needs to stay close inshore, so it can make a run for calmer waters if the weather kicks up. If the Element XL needs to move inside to avoid weather, though, it can do so at 29.2 knots at 5,500 rpm.
From the Captain’s Chair
If you’re used to a seat that adjusts in 47 different ways, the Element XL will disappoint you. All of the seats in the Element XL are a molded part of the hull, with cushions attached. A padded steering wheel adorns the front of the control cluster. The instrument cluster is the embodiment of simplicity — a single, round instrument consisting of a speedometer with a voltmeter at its 6 o’clock position. The gas gauge resides on top of the removable fuel tank. The throttle, which includes the trim and tilt switches, is mounted on the left side of the console, along with a drink holder.
Creature Comforts, Options and Choices
The cockpit’s lounge seats are dual purpose, and faces aft or inboard toward each other. Seven beverage holders are spread throughout the cockpit to ensure all aboard remain conveniently hydrated. In addition to the optional 115-horse four-cylinder Mercury outboard, Bayliner provides a long list of option packages and individual options for your Element XL. The fishing package includes a MotorGuide trolling motor, a Lowrance Elite 3x fish finder, casting seats at the bow and stern and a live well hidden under the molded seat on the port side of the boat. A folding watersports arch is a separate option, as are single and paired wakeboard racks. The Hyperlite wakeboard package includes a Hyperlite Motive wakeboard, frequency bindings, a padded board bag and an Apex wakeboarding rope with handle. The sports package includes the watersports arch, as well as special graphics, a choice between red or black for the special graphics’ gel color, a cooler and a bow filler cushion. The bow filler cushion is also available as a separate option. Others include an additional, 6-gallon fuel tank, an aft filler cushion, a bimini top with boot, a cockpit cover, a choice of interior colors, a digital depth indicator and an AM/FM stereo with audio input for iPod and Mp3 players. A galvanized, self-guiding, single-axle trailer rounds out the Element XL’s list of available equipment.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
• To an experienced boater, the Bayliner Element XL may seem faster than it is, because of its flat cornering.
• The molded, non-adjustable seat at the helm might present problems for smaller or larger boaters.
• The M-design hull and the Element XL’s 7 foot, 5 inch beam, mean the boat doesn’t rock much when you’re loading passengers or gear.
• A good starter boat, but there was a steep increase after the 2014 model year, from $12,359 to $17,299 in 2015
• This is basically a lakes, rivers and harbor boat. A hefty chop might make the boat a handful. Thankfully, its near-30-knot top speed can take you back to safe harbor or calmer waters quickly.
• Its option packages and individual options are adequate in a minimalist way.
• Heaven only knows why you’d want to turn the aft cockpit and the bow cockpit into pillow-covered spaces.
• The controls are simple and the instrumentation is simple, but not having some information readily available might mean a call for a tow if you forget to check the fuel gauge.
Conclusions About Bayliner’s Element XL
It’s a Bayliner. That says volumes about the Element XL’s quality and finish. If you’re an experienced boater, take it for what it is: simple to operate with a minimum of fuss, muss and bother. If you’re new to boating, it’s a fine entry-level boat, as long as you remember its limitations. All things considered, it’s a good value for the money, even in its most basic configuration.
2015 Bayliner Element XL Key Features:
• Spacious layout with three social zones encourages conversation for up to 9 passengers. Deep freeboard and high gunnels keep passengers and gear secure.
• Patent pending M-hull™ design drastically improves stability while on plane and maintains level flotation throughout turns.
• Intuitive accessibility with reliable Mercury® outboard power of up to 115-hp, automotive style handling and 360-degree unobstructed views. Easy operation for beginner boaters.
2015 Bayliner Element XL Standard Features:
• 90 HP Mercury 4-Stroke
• 500-gph Bilge Pump
• Clutter Free Helm Station with 7" Dual Purpose Gauge
• Padded Steering Wheel
• Side-Mounted Engine Controls w/Trim & Tilt Switch in Handle
Hull and Deck
• Arctic White Hull & Deck w/Black Hull Stripe
• Automotive Style Ride and Handling
• Bow & Transom Eyes
• Integral Transom Platforms w/Ladder
• Molded Stern Seating
• Mooring Cleats (6)
• Patent Pending M-Hull™ Design
• Safety Handholds
• Single-Axle Painted Self Guiding Trailer
2015 Bayliner Element XL Optional Features:
• 6 gal/22.7L Additional Fuel Tank
• Aft Filler Cushion
• Bimini Top w/Boot
• Bow Filler Cushion
• Cooler Option (25 qt, below aft sunpad)
• Desert Sand Interior
• Digital Depth Indicator
• Folding Watersports Arch (separate from Sports Package)
• Trailering/Storage Cover
• Wakeboard Rack (Pair)
• Wakeboard Rack (Single)
• Waterproof 120-watt AM/FM Stereo w/Audio Input for iPod & Mp3
|Length overall||18’2" / 5.49 m|
|Beam||7’5" / 2.13 m|
|Weight||2,000 lbs / 907 kg|
|Fuel capacity||12 gal / 45.42 L|
|People capacity||98 Max people weight / 1,277 lbs 600 kg|
|Max engine power||125 HP|
|Engine||Mercury 4-Stroke EFI - 90 HP|