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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 16, 2017 01:56 PM #1

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I just had an offer accepted an a 2004 Bayliner Ciera 305. It's my third boat, second Bayliner (1996 Ciera 2355) and first twin engine. It has the 5.7 l engines, Bravo II drives, fresh water, 210 hours and is pretty clean, except for the canvas, which I'll need to replace and figured into the offer.

Based on my experience with the 2355 (which was good), I knew I wanted something bigger with twins, more space and something I'd be comfortable in on the unpredictable waters of Lake Erie. I'd done the "toss me around like a cork in a washing machine" thing in the South Passage between Catawba and South Bass Island before, honed my captain's skills and decided to move up. I was also looking for lots of features and value on a reasonable budget. The boat has most everything I was looking for except for the windlass. I thought a generator might be nice, but this does not have one. I'll spend most of the time attached to a dock, anyway. I'd read the 5.0's would be OK and really got excited when I found the boat with the 5.7's, which seem hard to find in the Great Lakes. The more research I did into the 305, the more I knew I wanted to find one and did.

Pending an inspection, marine survey and sea trial, which will happen when the weather gets warmer, does anyone have any suggestions on what problem(s) I might look for in this make and model? Thanks! Sam
2004 Bayliner 305 Ciera
5.7 L Bravo II
"Soggynaut II"
Lake Erie, the Islands and beyond
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 16, 2017 02:29 PM #2

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Congrats on the new boat. Sounds like she's powered well, too.

We have a lot of 3055 owners here, stand by and they will be along shortly.
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 16, 2017 11:10 PM #3

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Congrats on joining the 3055/305 group here on BOC. These are wonderful boats and a true bargain for all they have to offer. We've had ours for three years now and while I'm always looking at bigger boats, the 3055/305 does everything we need and more. It's very beamy, has a good sized fridge and looks awesome. Do a search here for others mods, upgrades and maintenance tips. I predict you're gonna love your new toy. Lets get some pics up here.

I don't know of any 3055/305 specific issues to look out for. You basic hull structure, mechanical and sea trial surveys should tell you where this particular boat may need attention.

Is it a private sale or listed with a broker? Provide a link so we can have a look and offer opinions.
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2000 3055, 5.7/B2, 18x23" props
Cruising the PNW and beyond.
DIYC, Riverhouse Marina
MMSI 316029971

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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 16, 2017 11:25 PM #4

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Congrats, we love ours. The only complaint you will find is where bayliner put the fresh water fill. What I did is I installed a city water inlet on the port side in front of the shore power and installed a bi-pass valve so I can fill my water tank from there. I have the 5.0 engines and have no problems at all so you should be great with the 5.7 engines.
I also cruise Lake Erie, Cleveland area.
Good luck on the survey, I'm sure everything will be good.
Dave
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2008 Yamaha FX Cruiser
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 17, 2017 10:26 AM #5

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Like the post above my only real complaint with my 3055 which I had for 12 years is the location of the freshwater fill. It could have been placed in a better location or perhaps they could have put one on the port side too so that you could fill from either side. The fuel fill and pumpout are on the stern which is nice.

The 3055/305 is the roomiest 30 footer out there unless you go with some of the older boats that did not count in the swim platform and bow roller. Of its generation its the biggest 30 footer out there. Not having the generator gives you a decent amount of room in the engine compartment. I always carried a portable Honda for those times when I needed power. I think its as close to a perfect 30 foot boat as you can get.

During my 12 years of ownership I had to replace the starboard engine water pump twice. First time was under warranty. The starboard engine ECE and the starboard engine coupler. Not sure why I only had problems with the starboard engine but that's what happened. Any other expenditures were routine maintenance such as spark plugs, impellers and such.

I think the 5.7's are the perfect engine match for this boat. Mine topped out at 45 MPH. I rack stored so I did not have bottom paint on mine. That helped a bit on the top end. Hope it works out OK for you. I think you will love the 305.
Rick Grew

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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 17, 2017 05:12 PM #6

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Good point guys, the water fill can be challenging and is a PITA if you're using a port side tie. I have explored adding a fill point on the port side.
Sea Venture
2000 3055, 5.7/B2, 18x23" props
Cruising the PNW and beyond.
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 17, 2017 05:14 PM #7

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I added a port side water fill.
Jim and Debbie McNeely
New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
Brighton, Michigan USA
MMSI # 367393410
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 18, 2017 09:23 PM #8

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Sure, here's a link. It was a broker boat.

skipperbuds.com/Page.aspx/diid/11327676/...liner-305-CIERA.aspx
2004 Bayliner 305 Ciera
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Lake Erie, the Islands and beyond
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 19, 2017 12:45 AM #9

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I see that boat and remember all the changes I have made.

I guess I could never afford a mistress. I own a boat.
Jim and Debbie McNeely
New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 19, 2017 09:31 AM #10

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My 3055 is still the most beautiful boat I have ever owned. That is a nice looking boat.
Rick Grew

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2004 Past Commodore
West River Yacht & Cruising Club
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 22, 2017 12:25 AM #11

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You're going to love this boat. I Had A 2000 3055 with the 5.0 FOR 8 Years & Just Bought A 2005 305 WITH THE 5,7..big difference getting on plane when you have a full boat of people. I love my boat. ; )
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 22, 2017 09:48 AM #12

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JimMc wrote:
I added a port side water fill.

I think you gave me the details of that mod a short while back. I just bought the filler neck today and will put that on my project list.
Sea Venture
2000 3055, 5.7/B2, 18x23" props
Cruising the PNW and beyond.
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MMSI 316029971

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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 23, 2017 02:07 PM #13

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I really liked mine a lot. Leave it to bayliner to make a 30 foot boat with optional windlass and genny. While you might not use the ac much up there, it is nice to have heat if you spend nights on the hook in spring and fall. A portable generator might come in handy. You'd need a 3k probably to run the air but a Honda eu2000 would probably be capable of running everything except air and heat. We started using an infared space heater in our carver. It easily heats up the boat and it's a lot quieter than the boat set up.

I can't think of any common problems with these boats. The hulls are solid. 200 freshwater hours is next to nothing. A good survey will pick up any unique issues.

I bought a smaller aftermarket table for the cockpit. The stock one takes up way to much space and was nicer to get in and out of the cushions with the small one. Don't get rid of the stock table though as it's the base for the sun lounge. We stored ours in the pocket of the headboard of the aft berth.

You'll have a lot of fun with it. Twins are so much easier to drive especially off plane and the boat wont hunt around like a single does. Good luck and have fun.
Doug
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2001 305
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2004 Bayliner 305 Feb 23, 2017 06:22 PM #14

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I also have a smaller table I use in the cockpit area.
Jim and Debbie McNeely
New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
Brighton, Michigan USA
MMSI # 367393410
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