3788 Motoryacht — By Capt. Bill Pike
— July 2000
|Bayliner’s 3788 Motoryacht has all the basics you need and all the options you desire.|
I got my first look at Bayliner’s 3788 Motoryacht while peering through the windows of a plush waiting room at Mercury Marine’s Mercabo Conference Center in Placida, Florida, a palm-shaded, out-of-the-way spot at the disposal of Bayliner Marine and other Brunswick subsidiaries for meetings and get-togethers. The boat was docked nearby, in a large basin that opens into the ICW and the Gulf of Mexico beyond. Despite the earliness of the hour, a whole bunch of Bayliner dealers and their families were onboard, folks who’d come from all over the country to spend a few days examining, test driving, and ultimately offering opinions and suggestions about the two-stateroom-one-head prototype. A savvy way of doing things, it seemed to me–tweaking a new model with input from people with first-hand knowledge of today’s boat buyers.
I watched the 3788 leave her berth and head out for one last ICW run before everybody went home. Her profile was a mixture of modern curves and traditional angular lines, the most dramatic being a near-straight sheerline. It was certainly a distinctive look.
With time on my hands, I ambled down to Mercabo’s cafeteria for breakfast, where I met Bayliner’s Lee Taubeneck, who filled me in on another distinctive aspect of the 3788: an array of option packages that allow a customer to personalize his or her boat before taking delivery. Taubeneck noted two factory-installed electronics packages for either the standard upper steering station or optional lower one. The basic package consists of a 24-NM Raytheon RL 70 RC LCD radar/GPS plotter with a closed-array scanner. The other, premium package offers a 48-NM Raytheon RL 70 RC with a larger closed-array scanner, a Raytheon ST 6000 autopilot, and other goodies. Either way, the new owner is relieved of a whole lot of outfitting hassle.
There is a host of other option packages as well. A hardware-type package includes a Lewmar windlass, central vacuum system, ACR spotlight, transom shower, and raw-water washdown. An entertainment-oriented combo adds a 12-disc CD changer to the standard JVC AM/FM stereo/CD in the saloon, as well as TV and telephone jacks, extra speakers, and a remote control for the stereo on the flying bridge. Others offer everything from gasoline and diesel gensets to an upgrade from the standard LPG galley stove to an electric model, including a requisite boost in dockside service to 50 amps.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.