With a starting price of under $20,000, the 2018 Element E18 from Bayliner destroys the notion that boating is only for the super-rich! This is an incredibly affordable beck boat, and not to mention packed with impressive features for the price!
The E18 is a larger member of the Element family of deck boats that's made for today's boaters. It has a hot tub-style seating arrangement with no less than three social zones where passengers can connect, complete with cup holders throughout the boat, and has a maximum passenger capacity of 9. In addition, it has deep freeboard and tall gunnels to keep gear secure while protecting passengers from water spray!
I really like the helm. It has a nice and clean design, integrated cupholder, padded steering wheel, and a nicely positioned engine throttle control. Hydraulic steering is even offered as a worthwhile upgrade!
The split swim platform is really neat, too. It is positioned on either side of the standard 60hp Mercury 4-strike outboard engine. It angles away from the outboard to provide more space ,and has a three-step retractable boarding ladder in the starboard side.
Options like a stereo, bow and aft filler cushions, a folding watersports arch or a Bimi top to give the boat expanded capabilities are available too.
If anyone else is interested in the Element E18 by Bayliner, check out the source link up above! It's quite breathtaking.
- Split swim platform.
- Lots of addons available.
- Great performance, rated to handle outboards to 125 hp.
- Clean helm design.
- No aftermarket electronics.
- Windshield does not deflect a breeze well.
Overall, for the staring price of $20,000, I think the E18 is an amazing deck boat! It's perfect for the cottage. And over time, I can continue to upgrade it with addons listed above.