Bayliner 2455 Ciera DX/LX Sunbridge
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1999 24' Bayliner Ciera Sea Trial
Dec 17, 2000
Review by sjpi
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Price, style, ammenities, performance
Cons:Total lack of concern by Bayliner Dealership
This past March, 2000, I scheduled a static inspection and sea trial at our local Bayliner Dealership here in Pensacola. My wife and I, along with our two young children, arrived at the marina at exactly 0900hrs.
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I had scheduled this sea trial three weeks in advance and fully expected the dealership to be prepared to go out of their way to sell this boat.
We were all sorely mistaken. When we boarded the boat we were to be accompanied by two 'marine vessel salesmen'. The were both knowledgeable and well informed when they explained why the boat would not start. The batteries, both batteries, were dead. It appeared as though no one had bothered to ever service the boat since its arrival from the factory a year ago. After replacing the batteries the boat would still not start. I pointed to the fuel gauge and suggested adding fuel. 10 gallons later the engine, a 5.0L Mercruiser, fired right up, but occasionally sounded rough. The salesmen were quick to explain that water in the fuel tank was the culprit and 'Not to worry'.
My wife and I were reluctant to sit on any of the cushions because they were filthy from not being cleaned in over a year. The salesmen apologized and promised to correct the deficiency upon our return to port. The sea conditions for Pensacola Bay that morning were a slight chop, 6 inches to an occasional 12", and a southeast wind at 10-12kts. The salesmen decided that it would be better if they handled the driving and my family and I just enjoy the pleasures of boating. We headed two miles out, turned around, and headed two miles in to port. I was allowed to 'man the helm' for about 2 minutes.
During the actual sea trial the boat handled fairly well. Everything worked as advertised, trim tabs, trim, power lever, etc... The Alpha One drive handled as I expected and for a boat this size I would not recommend anything smaller in the way of horsepower. The boat indicated 31mph at 80% of WOT. That equated to about 3500 RPM for the 5.0L Mercruiser. This boat did remind us several times, in rougher chop, that it was NOT a heavier boat, such as a Sea Ray or a Cobalt.
During our return to port I could not detect any slow speed qualms with the boat and it handled, according to the salesman, very nicely. Docking and debarkation were uneventful. When the salesmen asked us if we were ready to buy our brand new, one year old, Bayliner Ciera 2455, my wife and I looked at them and smiled. "Thank you, but no thank you. I don't consider two minutes at the helm of a $30,000 boat enough time to make an informed decision. Maybe you'll both have a much better presentation the next time."
IF the Bayliner Dealership had behaved in a professional manner, we might have bought the boat. Can you imagine test driving a year end closeout model luxury automobile with a $30K price tag and a dead battery, empty fuel tank, filthy, nasty, dusty, interior and exterior, and a salesman doing the test drive for you? I didn't think so.
Our lesson learned here is that the Bayliner 2455 Ciera is a well built, albeit lighterweight boat than its competitors, express cruiser. The DEALERSHIP and its ability to stand behind its product is what killed this sale.
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