Originally Posted by shrew
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Brunswick made three boat lines in the same 'class':
Same building materials, techniques, even the same plants in some cases. They all use the Mercruiser engines and drives. they all use the same parts (e.g. Perko cleats and lights, Todd tables and posts, Taylor windshields. Origo stoves).
Bayliner's tend to have more cloth upholstery. Maxum's a mix of cloth and vinyl, Searay's have more vinyl.
They are all equivalent with the exception of consumer perception. Bayliner got a bad name in the runabout market because they were a very attractive entry-level boat that many buyers didn't know how to properly maintain and store.
Any boat left out in the rain for years unprotected is going to start getting spongy, rotted floors. Left long enough that rot creeps into the stringers and transom. An entire brand vilified for the poor behavior of the owners.
You should have a nice boat there. I couldn't' speak to the process of repowering. A lot of mechanics around here should be able to chime in.
I found this information very interesting... Why such a disparity not only perception but in valuations? Sea Ray for size for size (at least locally) is almost always worth as much as a 30% premium over a Bayliner. Seems out of place if indeed they're basically the same boat.
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