Bayliner 3488

Bayliner 3488 — By Tim Clark April 2001

Bayliner’s 3488 Motoryacht boasts reliable contruction and adroit handling, thanks to a novel control system.
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Despite its notorious climate, Seattle is a city of the outdoors. The Olympic Range beckons in one direction, while in the other Mount Rainier and the Cascades loom like Oz. Even on overcast weekends a large measure of the city’s population empties into the open air. But only some head to mountain trails. For nearly everywhere you look the landscape is reflected on water. Bound by Puget Sound to the west and Lake Washington to the east and embracing Lake Union, Seattle is for boaters.

Since 1955 these surroundings have inspired Bayliner, based in nearby Arlington, to meet the needs of pleasureboaters not just in the Northwest but coast to coast. Dependable quality at the right price has always been central to the popularity of Bayliner’s boats, but with the introduction of the 3488 Motoryacht, the builder has taken reliable workmanship to a new level.

The first yacht built using Bayliner’s modular production system, the 3488 is assembled from several precisely constructed sections that were developed using advanced software and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Such extensive computer modeling enabled Bayliner to determine an optimum hull shape and devise the best configurations for electrical circuitry and mechanical equipment, plus exploit normally unused interior spaces.

The modified deep-V hull, of course, is paramount. Its hand-laid fiberglass is protected from osmotic blistering by vinylester resin applied over the gelcoat. The engine room module is bonded to the hull with strong urethane adhesive, and when the module consisting of the forward stateroom, head, and midcabin is added, its electrical and mechanical systems are already in, waiting only to be linked to the likewise “plug-and-play” saloon module.

Such precision is evident as soon as you enter the 3488’s saloon and see how seamlessly her parts are joined. Product manager Rob Anderson proudly pointed out how the design of the air conditioning system had been incorporated into the molded headliner. Although the air handler is beneath the flying-bridge console, it can be serviced through a panel in the overhead, and its ducting is integrated into the headliner in a broad arc for highly efficient distribution.

It’s clear that the space it cools will be easily maintained over the many years of enjoyment the 3488 should provide. The comfortable settees (ours covered in optional Luxor leather), the molded-fiberglass dash, the L-shape countertop in the galley—all these durable surfaces clean up quickly and with minimal effort. As a further testament to the exactness of modular construction, the soles here and forward drop snugly into place like puzzle pieces. Should the carpet need replacing after a few seasons of cruising, simply lift out the panels, wheel them up to your SUV on a dock cart, and drop them off for recovering. You could do the same if eventually you wanted to refinish the teak and holly sole of the galley.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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