Hi, I'm the "Dotcomd Guy and Family.
If you don't know me already the first thing
I'll tell you is that I'm an avid Boater! To me, there is no line of boats which give such
value, space, satisfaction of ownership, and true enjoyment in boating. I'll be surprised when
someday I am able to buy another boat which gives as much bang for the buck as my Bayliner
has. For those who don't understand, I hate walking into the salon of a boat looking to see
how they have or have not utilized the space inside. Most all manufacturers seem to leave a
chunk of space somewhere in the back (aft). This big waste of space I speak of is at the
bottom of the steps underneath or behind the stairs. On most boats (other than bayliner) there
is a pocket of wasted space behind the steps and the bathroom (if located aft). It's shown
most on the layouts of boat brochures and just sort of blocked off... What gives? What is in
there? Why don't they use it???? "I Love Bayliner"!
The pictures shown below at the bottom of
the page are from a trip I took with my family to Grand Haven Michigan for Coast Guard
Festival 2007. It is a week long event which includes festivals, fireworks shows, and tons of
the great boating public. On lake Michigan you will be hard pressed to find another event
which attracts as many boaters.
My first boat was a 16' Imperial Trihull
with a 70 hp Johnson outboard. It was a slow boat but my college buddies and I had tons of fun
with this boat. I had it for 3 great years. I can't seem to find any pictures of
My next boat was a Johnson 16 which never
saw water while I had it. It was a total piece of junk which was basically garbage when I got
it. Not a very good boat. However, I think in it's day it could have been fun. It's just
that I got this from an employer who wanted it off his property. The most valueable thing
about it was it's trailer. I finally ended up putting it out in front of the house with a
$200 sign on it or best offer. I think I got $150 for it. I was glad to see it go. After
that boat, I forgot about boating for a while...
The next boat was a Plymouth 18 foot
Catamaran sailboat. I used it a few times and gave up on it shortly thereafter. One time when
I used it, I relied on a buddy to secure the forestay and just after a few wiggles of the mast
it came crashing down with him between the guy wires and the mast. It could have taken his
head off. I put it back up and secured it myself and did a little bit of sailing that day
before calling it quits. The next day, I sailed it south on lake Michigan towards evanston
where we came about and almost tipped over. The right side pntoon had filled with water from a
hairline crack near the daggerboard. When we got it back to Lloyd beach in Winnetka, it took
nearly 20 hours to drain the water from the back of the pontoon. Never used it again. I sold
it on Hot Sailboat Deals for a Buck just to get rid of it.
Up next was my 1984 Starcraft CSS181. This
was a great boat! It was modeled after the Glastron Carlson boats made famous by the James
Bond movies from the 70's. I bought it for $1250 from a guy who let it just sit in the rain
after the water impeller ate itself one day on the lake. He then bought a pontoon boat and
forgot about it. Anyway, the CSS181 was in fact a single model year or so I think that was
designed for Starcraft by the legendary Art Carlson. It too had the same kinds of lines as the
earlier Glastron Carlson boats. However as a Starcraft, it was an open bow.
I restored the boat as best I could and got
another 3 years use out of it before selling it for $2900 after buying my first Bayliner!
A 1996 Bayliner 2855 which gave us 2 great
years of enjoyment! Wow what bang for the buck!!! That was a great boat!!! We love it so much
that we moved up to a 1998 Bayliner Avanti 4085! Even better! I'll explain later in some other
pages if you want to hear about it. This is to show how fast edits are.
I hope you enjoy reading about my boating
Here's my boat sitting at a dock at a yacht club we stopped at for lunch just
inside of the Muskegan harbor entrance.
Here you can see my boat parked against the seawall next to my buddies sedan
bridge 3988 Bayliner. Aren't Bayliners Nice?