Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Bayliner’s newest T24CC is the largest of seven models in its Trophy series. This new 24-foot design is built for fishing, cruising and watersports in bigger inshore and coastal waters with its commendable 23-degree deep-vee hull design paired with an 8’6” beam.
Ample freeboard provides passengers with a higher margin of safety while the rounded bow design creates greater room up front. This bow area comes with removable seat cushions as standard equipment. Beneath all bow seat cushions are handy storage areas.
A filler cushion is optionally available to create a huge bow sunpad or remove all the cushions to create a forward casting platform. A snazzy side-mount bow table with molded-in cupholders converts the area into an entertainment zone or place to relax. This is enhanced with the standard removable backrests which accommodate forward-facing stretch-out lounging on both side bench seats. Both bench seats have inner hullside padded coaming strips to enhance normal seating.
A large single or cozy double-wide bench seat on the forward face of the center console unit creates more desirable conversation and relaxation opportunities in the bow. The entire forward face of the console is hinged to lift up for access to a huge storage compartment within the console. A porta-potti is optionally available.
Low profile and recessed bow safety rails extend along both sides of the bow. A forward in-bow anchor locker with flush lid aids your anchoring needs and an optionally available anchor roller, separately or with an electric anchor windlass, makes anchoring a breeze. Two-toned upholstery throughout the bow and indeed the boat adds a touch of class and warmth.
The center console itself is practical with a remarkably large and flat and unencumbered upper full-width face -- the top section of which is tilted away from the driver to prevent reflections and with an eyebrow along the top to provide instrument shading. A high and tinted acrylic windscreen provides weather protection for both the driver and passenger.
At this point you will need to make some important decisions depending on your boating priorities. All electronics are optional, so you need to choose from a single 9” or 12” Simrad Digital Dash screen with VesselView Link, or perhaps a pair of the 9” Simrad Digital Dash screens with VesselView Link. Whatever your choice, you can then add VesselView Mobile.
Trim tabs are standard equipment, as is a 12-volt accessory plug on the dash. You may want to add a digital depth indicator and a Simrad VHF radio with antenna. A basic Rockford Fosgate AM/FM stereo with four speakers is optionally available or, if entertainment is a priority, opt for the upgrade 120-Watt stereo with Bluetooth capability. All of these are flush-mounted on the dash for easy access.
You will likely want to opt for the premium polished stainless steel tilt steering wheel with assist knob. This is mounted on the lower dash surface, to the right of which is the binnacle throttle and shift controls for the Mercury outboard as well as a neat and classy array of backlit DC toggle switches. A pair of in-dash cupholders are also provided here.
Facing this dash is a two-person bench seat cum leaning post with a livewell built-in on the floor beneath the seat. Go for the upgraded Premium helm seat with forward flip-up bolster. The supporting framework on the backside of this seat provides four vertical rod holders. Horizontal rod holders are built in beneath the side gunnels.
Above the center console, a black canvas T-Top with another four vertical rod holders built into the aft frame. You may want to choose the optional fiberglass hardtop with spreader lights. Either top provides great weather protection for the helm area. The aft cockpit is clean and spacious with an in-floor insulated fishbox on each side.
A fold-up two-person stern bench seat is on the port side of the transom, while a clear-top 15-gallon baitwell is beside it. This baitwell is also next to the starboard side transom walk-thru to the molded-in swim platform extensions. The starboard side of the platform accommodates a four step, telescoping, stainless steel boarding ladder. Four more vertical rod holders are molded into the aft side of the transom.
A solid White hull is standard while Gray, Reef Green, Black, or Blue hullside colour is available. You have your choice of either Graphite (Gray & White) or Coastline (Tan & White) interior upholstery colours. A large “Trophy” hullside graphic is optionally available. Standard power for Bayliner’s T24 CC is a Mercury 225 HP FourStroke (Non-DTS) black outboard. You may upgrade to 250 HP or to the 300 HP XXL Mercury V8 AMS outboard in black or white. Which ever one you choose, ensure that it has power steering.
A self-bailing cockpit is of course standard. Dual batteries with switch are also standard as is raw water washdown. Additional optional equipment includes Gray or Teak cockpit flooring mat, a 24-volt trolling motor plug hookup from the dual batteries, console and helm seat canvas covers, exterior and/or interior lighting packages, freshwater transom shower, a 25-quart carry-on cooler, a stainless steel upgrade package and a removable ski-tow pylon. You may also want the factory aluminum or galvanized tandem-axle trailer.
Bayliner’s newest addition to its Trophy Center Console series, this T24 CC, can proudly stand out as the flagship of this series whether you want to fish, explore, entertain, relax, or enjoy fabulous watersports, it will deliver the goods.
|Dry weight:||4,466 lbs||2,026 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||100 US gal||379 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Mercury Outboard|