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  • 1987 Bayliner Trophy (2160)

    I,m new to boating as of this past summer. I purchased a '87 Trophy Hardtop from it's original owner.This boat only had about 150 hrs. on it and everything seems in excellent shape. I just finished replacing the original bellows and impeller and all seems O.K. mechanically. In reading the many great posts in this forum there seems to be a lot of people who are very negative towards these boats. I live on Lake Erie and used this boat about 3 1/2 months before winter with no problems. Heres my question: can anyone tell me why and or what to look out for in this boat (it has a 140 h.p.OMC Cobra).I bought it very reasonable so now I'm not so sure I got a good deal. Thanks


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    Re: 1987 Bayliner Trophy (2160)

    Welcome to boating and iboats Bayliner has had some major and minor qaulity issues over the years. 1984-1995 stand-out tho. They aren't that bad if given the best of care. Some retrofitting and beefing-up in the future may have do be done,but if you keep the deck reasonably clean and dry, use care when loading and launching,and in general,stay on top of things, you can expect 15 more years out of her. Weak areas on your Bliner and other models in the same time frame are extremely poor fiberglass layup under the decking.walk heavily around the deck aften,and dig in at the fist signs of spongey-deck syndrome.Keep an eye on the transom for spider-cracking.Avoid mounting anything to the transom that requires a hole or screw.They didn't use the best core materials.It's no fun, but after repairing the deck on a smaller Capri last year, i can tell you the hull has been trouble-free.As far as the OMC, read the thread about Parts availability..Kinda scarey.But you came to the right place.Someone here has stated (and I have found it to be true), Bayliners were an affordable entry-level boat, usually purchased by beginer boaters with little desire or knowlage of how to care for them. But as long as you keep her ship shape, and learn how to care for her, don't be overly worried about being "taken". They really aren't as bad as thier rep.
    "Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all
    right now."

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      Re: 1987 Bayliner Trophy (2160)

      Thanks for the info 12Footer . I've gone over her pretty well, and have not found any soft spots. She spent most time under covers so very little weathering, but I'll keep a lookout for future problems. Also you mentioned about the transom not being so sturdy, I was considering putting a transom platform on but now not so sure. What if I put stainless backing plates behind mounting hardware? Her transom is rounded - does this add any strength? Thanks, Thomose

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        Re: 1987 Bayliner Trophy (2160)

        1987 bayliner ht 20ft trophy. 4 cyl omc. problem: gas leak in tank.... how do you get the tank out without tearing up the whole boat????

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          Re: 1987 Bayliner Trophy (2160)

          Originally posted by chuck12 View Post
          1987 bayliner ht 20ft trophy. 4 cyl omc. problem: gas leak in tank.... how do you get the tank out without tearing up the whole boat????
          That's two resurrected ancient threads Chuck. Please start you own.
          1976 18' Starcraft SuperSport 90HP Evinrude
          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357767
          1966 16' Starcraft Jupiter 85HP Johnson
          Restoration thread http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338633 sold

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