Designed and built using both time-tested and innovative techniques, the 3788 Motoryacht and its sister, the 3488, are the best Bayliners yet...

Through intensive on-water testing and comprehensive market research, Bayliner (a division of US Marine) has improved its yachts both in quality and content over the last decade. During Brunswick Corporation's ownership, the boat builder's effort to raise the bar on its products and enhance its reputation has never ceased. Bayliner's commitment to state-of-the-art, computer-assisted design and manufacturing processes (CAD/CAM) has allowed its engineers and designers to achieve levels of efficiency and precision that surpass standard boat-building practices of just a few years ago.

Now, with the 3488, the company has achieved a breakthrough that will set standards for the rest of its motoryacht line, and perhaps the boat-building industry, as well. This model marks the debut of Bayliner's new modular production system, which mandates the prefabrication of all the interior components that fit inside the motoryacht's hull. 

"No motoryacht in the world is built like this," said Taubeneck. "Prior to the 3488, there have been motoryachts that included pre-molded cabin components, like head compartments. Numerous builders prefabricate modules with wood frames, bulkheads, cabinetry and furniture to speed the process of construction beyond the 'stick-built' process, where each cabin is built individually within the hull. We've taken a giant step beyond that."

Bayliner has capitalized on its CAD/CAM systems to design in cyberspace new molded cabin components that not only fit into the hull precisely over time, but also interlock to create structure that is at once stronger, quieter and easier to manufacture than ever before.

It all starts with Bayliner's modified deep-V hull, a well proven form that has a reputation for good stability and performance. Look down the sides of a Bayliner motoryacht hull and you won't find any lumps, station marks or wavy hull sides, meaning its tooling and finishing are superior quality.

Bayliner engineers specify a fiberglass-encased wooden stringer system, fabricated carefully with treated plywood and completely encapsulated, and consider it the best approach to strengthening and stiffening the high-impact area below the waterline. Built on grids, the stringers are bonded to the hull and feature limber holes with PVC tubing sealed against water intrusion. The stringer system is the foundation on which the modular system is built.

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The engine room module is the first molded component, and it's fully vented to keep noise and fumes out of the cabins while providing a proper amount of air for the engines. This snug-fitting module offers watertight protection to drivetrain components.

Next come the staterooms and the salon, which are pre-wired and in some cases pre-plumbed to allow quick "plug-and-play" convenience in the assembly process. The forward module, which actually integrates the forward and mid-cabin staterooms and the head compartment, is positioned above the hull and then lowered into it. The salon module, incorporating the galley, lounge area and a molded fiberglass headliner, comes next. Bayliner's engineers were faced with an interesting challenge with this component. Ductwork for optional air conditioning and heating is typically added only when the purchase order specifies it, adding time and complexity to the assembly of any yacht's interior. The 3488 integrates this ductwork into the module design, with a redesigned airflow and circulation system in the salon that is quiet and efficient. Cabinetry and appliances are pre-positioned aft, and if an optional lower helm is selected, it is also in place at this time.

When the deck module, which includes the foredeck, deckhouse, molded flybridge stairs, aft cockpit and swim platform, is lowered into place, the 3488 begins to look like a finished yacht. Bayliner locks hull to deck with a solid, watertight joint and tops it with a stout rubrail. The large flybridge module, complete with overhang and solid stainless steel rails, fits in place next, followed by the helm console that's completely wired with all standard dash instrumentation and engine controls.

Perhaps the most fascinating feature in this process is the possibility to easily include Bayliner's new, optional integrated control system (ICS). By adding a bowthruster in a tunnel forward, a self-contained stern thruster aft and a control system that coordinates the thrusters, the 3488 can be moved side-to-side or pivoted through 360 degrees for easier close-quarters maneuvering and docking.

This all adds up to a creative, innovative approach to boat-building that will eventually speed the production and improve the reliability of motoryachts throughout the Bayliner line. It undoubtedly took a huge amount of time and dedication on the part of designers, engineers and company managers to bring this process on-line, and it should pay off big for the builder, its dealers and, most important, its customers.

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This review/article originally appeared in Motorboating & Yachting Magazine, June 2001 and is written by John Woolridge. For more great powerboat reviews, visit their website and subscribe at: https://mby.com/subscriptions/motorboat-yachting-subscriptions

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