Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The first thing you’ll notice when seeing Bayliner’s sterndrive powered DX 2250 or its sister, the outboard powered DX 2200, is the very high freeboard of the hull. According to Bayliner, it provides a deeper cockpit for a drier and safer ride for those aboard.
The second thing you’ll notice is that the bow is more squared off and less “pointy” than its competitors. This is a result of what Bayliner refers to as its BeamForward™ design, where the sides of the boat remain straighter for longer before turning into the bow. This results in more seating and legroom in the bowrider section of the boat.
These two DX models form part of Bayliner’s ten model Deck Boat series from sixteen to twenty-six feet. For 2020, Bayliner offers a total of twenty-six models in four series which includes seven models in its Center Console lineup.
Seating and storage are always important and the DX 2250 excels in this. The wider, more squared-off U-shaped bow seating offers unique fore and aft-facing lounging capabilities on both port and starboard sides with dedicated backrests. Padded surrounding side bolsters facilitate full surround seating.
Storage is found beneath all bow seat cushions. A foredeck anchor locker also houses a standard bow boarding ladder. More storage is found in a cockpit in-floor locker suitable for watersports accessories. The passenger console has a flat top surface with molded lips, ideal for placing of sunglasses, hats, etc. A door within that console opens to reveal an ideal storage compartment or change room, or configure it as the optional porta-potti toilet.
The padded face of the console accommodates aft-facing lounging when the passenger seat back is folded down. This portside lounge extends L-shaped across the transom. Storage is found beneath all seat cushions. The backrest of the transom flips forward to accommodate aft-facing lounging on the transom sunpad.
The starboard side transom walk-through from the swim platform to the cockpit houses an integrated cooler, while another storage compartment is found within the port side of the engine compartment. Standard USB and auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are provided at the sunpad as well.
On the starboard side of the cockpit aft of the helm is a standard refreshment centre with sink, cold water faucet, prep surface, and large storage compartment below. This may be optionally fitted with a 12-volt refrigerator.
The driver’s high-back bucket seat with forward flip-up bolster swivels and faces a functional dash with two large multi-function analog gauges for speedometer, tachometer, fuel, temperature, oil pressure, and voltmeter. A separate smaller trim gauge is provided and can be matched with an optional in-dash digital depth sounder. Tilt steering is standard, as is a dash-mounted AM/FM stereo with MP3 capability and two speakers. A molded-in shelf with netting retainer for holding smartphones or similar devices provides USB and 12-volt outlets.
Other notable standard equipment includes a 200 horsepower MerCruiser ECT 4.5 L MPI sterndrive with an Alpha 1 outdrive, two-tone (gray and white) upholstery colour, and four choices of solid hullside colour.
There are several options you may want to consider to increase your family boating enjoyment, especially given our Canadian boating weather. The first is to add the five-piece curved centre walk-through windshield with side wings. Next would be the snap-on bow and cockpit covers and six-foot bimini top with boot.
Add to the above the bow filler cushion which then allows you to include the bow wind blocking cushion. Your choice of Teak or Gray mat or snap-in Seagrass woven floor covering in the cockpit adds comfort, while a bow and/or cockpit table adds convenience. The close-to-the-water swim platform extension with underside telescoping ladder is sure to increase your enjoyment and may be covered with Teak or Gray mat.
There are three choices of two-tone hullside colours, chestnut upholstery colour, transom shower, transom speakers, LED docking and underwater lights, stainless steel upgrade package, Xtreme wakeboard tower, wakeboard racks, automatic bilge pump, 7-inch Glass Dash screen, and a painted or galvanized trailer.
You may want to upgrade to a 250 horsepower MerCruiser with Alpha 1 or Bravo 3 outdrive, and if fishing is important add a bow casting platform and seat, Lowrance Fishfinder, trolling motor bracket, dual batteries, and a livewell.
With this wide assortment of available options you can easily outfit your DX 2250 to maximize your on-water enjoyment.
|Fuel Capacity:||55 US gals||208 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||MerCruiser Sterndrive|