Bayliner is well known for its family-friendly range of bowriders with the 175 one the biggest selling boats in the world. The brand has a strong name and reputation for no frills affordable boats and now it has turned its attention to the fishing market with the release of the Element F16 and F18. Built on the highly awarded M shaped Element hull, these centre console fishing boats represent a completely new direction for one of the world’s biggest brands.
The F16 and F18 come on the back of the development and release of the Element and Element XL. They were developed as a solution to the ever increasing cost of boating and designed from the ground up for new boaties. The hull performed extremely well, was stable at rest and was competitively priced.
It’s that hull which now underpins the F16 and F18 fishing boats. Bayliner has added a large centre console with storage underneath, a forward facing seat at the front and generous inbuilt rod storage either side. There’s a grab bar running up and over the windscreen and dash space for a sounder. The helm seat is a bench style with a built in cooler underneath the cushion and what appears to be an adjustable backrest which can be swung so you can sit conventionally or facing the back of the boat.