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1984 Bayliner Contessa

Estimated price for orientation: 12 000 $

Category: Cruisers

Year: 1984 Use: Fresh Water
Make: Bayliner Engine Make: Chevrolet Engine
Model: Contessa Engine Model: 305 (Volvo 225)
Type: Cabin Cruiser/sportfish Primary Fuel Type: Gas
Beam (feet): 10.5 Fuel Capacity: 101 - 150 Gallons
Hull Material: Fibergalss Hull ID Number: BLBB65CM0384
Trailer: Included For Sale By: Private Seller

1984 28’ Bayliner Contessa with 1985 Easy-Loader Trailer and new electric winch Current boat license expires in 2018 and trailer license expires 2017   This boat has been extensively upgraded in the last few years for sport fishing on Lake Superior.  It’s in turn-key condition and requires only topping off of the fuel tank then using it for the entire season.  There’s over $40,000 invested in this boat and it will likely sell for less than half that amount.  Consider this an end of season price reduction for the lucky buyer.  The owner is selling because of buying a larger boat and not needing two boats.  For prospective buyers consider that most all boats purchased through auction or brokers need a list of things done to make them the way they should be which runs into a bit of money.  This boat is refurbished and ready to go.   The boat was winterized which included fogging the engine, draining all water out of the engine and replacing with minus 100 degree polypropylene antifreeze, draining all water out of the interior water systems, gasoline stabilizer added to fuel, complete engine oil and filter change, and complete servicing of the stern drives.   Upgrades: 4- 1,000 amp/hour batteries new Electronic ignition (distributors) added to engines New wiring, belts, and hoses on engines Engine compression check was very good Twin 305 Chevy engines used by Volvo and designated Volvo 225’s and the sterndrives are Volvo 2- new bilge pumps with automatic switches Custom presentation aluminum railing fabricated by Eric Schultz of Electro Forge for the fishing cockpit to include rod holders and mounting for downriggers.  There are also strategically placed sturdy hand rails for boarding. 2- aluminum handrails alongside of cabin with fishing pole holders 2- Cannon 10 magnum downriggers each with 400’ of spooled wire and new electrical plug-ins with 40 amp circuit breakers (though not included in sale the mounting position and electric plug-in remain) Garmin 498 GPS-Fish finder mounted at fishing cockpit Fish Hawk depth-temperature-speed unit mounted at fishing cockpit (This is an expensive and very handy unit for locating temperature zones where fish are) Aluminum radar arch installed with new VHF antennae mounted (ready for radar installation) 2- Garmin 547xs GPS chart plotter/fishfinders installed (These are sophisticated navigation units with an extra Garmin G2 chip installed for enhanced 3D navigation qualities.  Just indicate where you’re starting from and where you want to go and the Navigation software plots a course for you with all the waypoints) Garmin AIS VHF radio operated completely by hand-held units located on the flybridge and at the lower helm (This is a black box item that has the latest capabilities built in.  All AIS equipped boats show up on your chart plotter screen and when you transmit your boat name and position are transmitted.  It has built in functions for dealing with MOB and SOS that mark your position.  This radio connects to the newly installed hailer (with listening capability) and in addition to hailing others you can program in for things like issuing a fog horn signal every two minutes as required when you’re in fog.) There is a separate horn controlled from either helm Remote controlled searchlight Functioning navigation lights and anchoring light A new circuit breaker panel has been installed at the lower helm and most 12 volt equipment has been transferred to it.  Black boxes are located below the skipper’s seat at the lower helm for easy access and there’s space for future additions.  You’ll find it easy to add radar. There’s complete documentation for the boat, Garmin Chart plotters, AIS VHS radio, and Fish Hawk. There are supplemental instruction lists including pre-launch checklist, fuel consumption chart, and procedures for winterization. Control levers (shifting/throttle) and controlling cables have been replaced with new at both helms. New battery charger installed The 129 gallon gas tank has a new sending unit installed. With proper fuel management this boat has a 200 mile range.   Cabin interior: The main cabin is surprisingly large meaning tall and big people can move around well everywhere.  You can seat six people around the main table. Technically you can sleep six aboard but practically that number is five as the upper bunk ends up being used to stow luggage, etc.  Two can sleep in the forward berth either as two singles or converted to a double.  Bed linens and fleece blankets go with the boat and can be found behind the seat back cushions around the dinette. The dining table drops down so cushions can be added to make it into a double bed.  The bench seat opposite the dinette sleeps one and allows the back rest to convert to the upper bunk.  The galley has a combination 120 volt AC two burner range and an alcohol stove underneath it.  Both work well.  The refrigerator/freezer works well and switches automatically between 120 volt AC and 12 volt DC power.  For the sink there are both hot and cold water via 12 volt electric pump and the hot water is supplied by a 5 gallon hot water tank.  There’s ample space in the drawers and beneath the sink for utensils’, plates, and pots & pans.  Limited cupboard space works well for storing ups and glasses and there are cup holders located throughout the boat.   The radio/cassette tape player needs a fuse but was working fine previously.    The “head” has a functioning toilet.  Note that sanitary hose from the toilet to the 20 gallon tank is new.  There’s also a sink and shower. The forward cabin has a hanging closet and there’s a huge amount of storage space in individual compartments accessed by lifting up sleeping cushion hatches.  This is where the extra anchor is stowed and it’s perfect for storage of food and personal gear as it has such easy access. Storage space is remarkable with cabinets beneath all bench seats, beneath a lower helm floor panel, and in the bilge   Equipment that goes with the boat: Main anchor mounted on roller bracket on bow has 20’ chain and 220’ of rope rode.  Second anchor stowed beneath the forward v-berth. 8-life jackets plus extra children sizes Current flares and smoke signal devices, plus signal mirror and orange flag First aid kit 4- fenders Many dock lines and various sized lines, more than enough to secure the boat Boat hooks Lake Superior maps American Flag mounted on a pole for placement on the stern rail holder. This boat has had annual safety checks performed by the Duluth Power Squadron and stickers are displayed on the side window.   The layout of this boat makes it well suited for fishing and cruising.  The fly bridge offers a perfect view of everything.  The lower helm has reasonable visibility and makes it possible to drive the boat from that station while your boating guests sit around the dinette table and you can be part of the conversation.  It’s worked out well for out-of-town company to go out cruising/fishing then spend the night aboard as they all report a wonderful experience. This is a great Lake Superior boat and it has excellent sea keeping qualities.  Twin engines provide both control and an element of safety.    Are you ready to go fishing for lake trout and salmon?