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ksanders 09-15-2011 09:16 AM

ended out trawler search
Thanks to all the folks that helped us in our new boat search.

We looked at lots of trawlers out there for use in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

What we settled on may not be considered a trawler by some, because it is capable of operating at up to 16 knots cruise speed, but we intend on operating it at displacement speed. Lots of "trawlers" fit into this catergory.

We ended up with a Bayliner 4788 pilothouse.

Why this particular model?

It has:

A over 800 mile cruise range at displacement speeds.
Full enclosed pilothouse
Three staterooms
Two heads with showers
Large salon and galley
No teak decks, or balsa coring to suprise us down the road
A history of Zero bottom problems, or other structural issues.

And is a proven Pacific Northwest boat, fully capable of operation in coastal areas anywhere we might want to go.


Again, thanks for the help. Our new boat is currently in Anacortes getting some work done in preparation to making the trip home to Seward Alaska.


Woodsong 09-15-2011 09:24 AM

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The 4788 is a great cruising boat. You will get close to trawler economy at hull speed and it is a well proven, well regarded vessel with a strong following. Congrats on the new boat!!!

healhustler 09-15-2011 09:26 AM

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It's true,...that boat offers a lot, particularly for someone wanting the pilothouse style. Great layout, space, comfortable, nice Live-Aboard. It's not your Father's Bayliner.

Codger2 09-15-2011 09:41 AM

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healhustler wrote:
*It's not your Father's Bayliner.
******** That's a great point!

I'm quite famiiar with the 4588 & the 4788 and consider them to be a good value. Not to mention speeds in the teens which really come in handy when encountering tides in the northwest & Alaska. Plenty of room, nice traffic pattern, great pilot house, very nice salon, galley, etc. My only gripe is ER access. (Pretty damn tight.)

A very close friend of mine had a 4588 and we use to cruise it quite a bit. I remember my first trip as I was not looking forward to 70 miles of open Pacific on a Bayliner. It was great and the boat handled the sea with no problems. Good choice!

ksanders 09-15-2011 10:38 AM

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Thanks Guys!


bobofthenorth 09-15-2011 11:45 AM

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Peter Leech strongly advised us to buy a 4588 or 4788.* We didn't take that advice but*given the source we had to seriously consider it.* His reasons were simple:

- lots of features for the dollar

- known entity which means relatively easy resale and relatively easy service

I'm sure it will serve you well.


FF 09-15-2011 11:56 AM

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Great!! Someone smart enough to realize that a "trawler" is not required to go cruising!!

Woodsong 09-15-2011 12:21 PM

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I am sure you are already aware of it but there is a very active bayliner owner's forum that will be a tremendous resource for you and your 4788. VERY knowledgeable boaters there and many of them know more about the bigger motor yachts than the factory staff may know! :) Post some pics so we can oogle your new ride.

ksanders 09-15-2011 03:08 PM

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Thanks, I've been on the BOC for several years. I came here during the search to broaden my horizions as to the other boats out there.

This is an interesting place. I don't post much but read pretty much every day.



Peter B 09-16-2011 04:21 AM

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N I C some interior pics asap, please.

Tom.B 09-16-2011 04:53 AM

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Is that a "cockpit motor yacht"?

Woodsong 09-16-2011 08:30 AM

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GonzoF1 wrote:
Is that a "cockpit motor yacht"?
*A cockpit motoryacht would typically be an aft cabin style boat with a cockpit thrown on the back like this one:


THe 4588/4788 is a classic raised pilothouse design.

Nomad Willy 09-16-2011 09:19 AM

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Even I like the Bayliner MY. It's the bridge. Such a commanding position** ...from any place you look at it. The Bayliner boat Jericho stopped at Point Baker a few years ago and we socialized and went to Lake Bay the next day where we anchored. Well, they anchored and little Willy tied alongside. As I recall they cruised at about 10 knots. Fast enough to make an authoritative bow wave. I think it's the bridge that makes that boat though. I lik'em.

RickB 09-16-2011 01:46 PM

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nomadwilly wrote:Fast enough to make an authoritative bow wave.
That's funny ... most naval architects work very hard to prevent wasting energy (fuel) to produce "authoritative" and drag producing bow waves. Bayliners are famous for their*lack*of success*in that area.

Penny Lane 09-16-2011 01:51 PM

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The 45/4788 has reached icon status in the PNW. Congratulations!

sunchaser 09-16-2011 04:12 PM

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Icon status you say. Certainly with Meridian, Carver and other Bayliner owners -*good people all.

Edelweiss 09-16-2011 09:04 PM

ended out trawler search
I remember when they were introduced at the Seattle boat show. They were quite the star of the show. Nice boat, Which engines?

-- Edited by Edelweiss on Friday 16th of September 2011 09:05:44 PM

ksanders 09-17-2011 07:48 PM

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This one has 330's.

We bought is as a Repo for a song. The engines were not taken care of. We decided to re-power the boat with Reman Cummins 330's so that we could start out with zero time engines from the get go. This work is being done as we speak in Anacortes, Wa.

Edelweiss 09-17-2011 09:18 PM

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Was it in dry storage along R ave? I looked at a couple at Banana boats that were pretty nice! There was a 4588 that they said the owner was desperate to unload, but those Hinos scare me to death! My mechanic calls them grenades.

Your going to love that boat, very comfortable and great layout.

Larry B

Woodsong 09-17-2011 09:24 PM

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What is it you don't like about the hino diesels? Parts are harder to find but everything i have ever heard or read about them indicates that if they are maintained they are rock solid engines that will go for a very long time. Just like my perkins engine is in a lot of farm tractors, there are a ton of trucks out there with hino diesel engines.

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