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Old 10-28-2016, 09:46 AM   #1
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38 Single Engine Conquest

Long-time lurker, just now posting... getting closer to the final retirement and looking at a boat for looping and island hopping. Came upon a 1978 38' Conquest. Really having a hard time finding historical info on builder. The HID begins with "BLN" and "online" decoders define that as Bayliner. Any insight from owners or other knowledgable contributions most appreciated.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:52 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Welcome aboard. A quick search for "Bayliner Conquest" turned up a fair number of hits. I didn't look at any of them but could it be that the Conquest was a Bayliner model? Like Pinto, LTD, Galaxy 500 (Ford) or Biscayne, Yukon, Escalade (GM)?
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:06 PM   #3
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It's a Defever 38 Conquest, has a Defever plate on the flybridge. But I suppose it could have been aped.
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Interesting, the DeFever site makes no mention of a 38 after the 1960's. Not saying it isn't one, but can't find a reference to it beyond Yachtworld.

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Old 10-28-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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It is confounding. Of all the searches I've done, I've only found 3 references. The boat was built in October 1978.
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Old 10-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #6
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Can you post a link to the listing or some pictures?

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Old 10-29-2016, 06:45 AM   #7
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Probably this. Dated, but looks functional and could take you places.

1979 Conquest Defever Classic Power Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

There was a previous one for sale:

https://www.inautia.com/used-boat-17...657565145.html

And another in Palm Coast.

http://marinesource.com/boats-for-sa...gnmb=100737865

A Little more info here including importer.

https://books.google.com/books?id=Jd...t%2038&f=false

Looks like the full name was a Conquest Sea Explorer.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:30 PM   #8
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Menzies, thanks for the importer link, exactly what I was looking for! And I believe the "inautica" link is the boat I am looking at... In need of a lot of TLC to bring her back to that picture.

Thanks again! Now to figure out if it's in my abilities to make it work.
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Old 12-20-2016, 10:43 PM   #9
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Sorry for jumping in two months late, but I have a 40' or 41' 1978 Conquest Defever.
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If the HIN on the boat in question starts with BLN...

Seems to me a monkey wrench in the whole identification process? Or perhaps the HIN was simply incorrectly ascribed to that boat? Or...?

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