Bayliner 5788 pilot house motor yacht
Length overall 59'4"
Beam 17'2"
Draft 4'11"
Displacement  53,000 lb
Fuel Capacity  800 gals
Water Capacity  226 gals
Holding Tank Capacity  76 gals
Bridge Clearance  14'2"
Standard power twin 500 hp MAN, Diesel inboards, straight drive
Optional Power twin 610 hp MAN, Diesel inboards, straight drive

The roomy pilot house has a portable, adjustable seat as well as loads of space on the dash for every imaginable electronic navigation and communication device. The stairs to starboard lead down to the living quarters. The guest cabin up forward is as luxurious as the master staterooms on some comparably sized yachts.

The new flagship of the Bayliner fleet does have a cabin with bunks; but it's the third cabin for kids or crew, and even then the berths criss-cross in an open-L pattern. There's also lots of headroom and a hanging locker with drawers.

The guest stateroom on this boat is equivalent to the master cabin on most comparably sized boats. There's a double island berth backed up to the bow with big, deep, drawers underneath, hanging lockers on either side, and its own door to a roomy head shared with the third cabin. The enclosed shower stall boasts its own molded-in seat, not to mention a generous amount of headroom and elbow room.

The vast stateroom lies amidships, down a passageway past the curved staircase up to the pilothouse to starboard and the mirrored door to port hiding the optional, full-sized over/under washer/dryer. The stateroom takes full advantage of the boat's 17-foot, 2-inch beam, with a large, double island berth set against the port side, a vanity with a deep chest of drawers, hanging lockers, and a nice, big sink with more drawers underneath. And the private head features and enclosed, full-sized tub.

But the yacht's most distinctive feature is the pilothouse at the top of that curved staircase. The command console is set on the centerline behind an expansive windshield. The dash is big enough to carry any conceivable combination of electronic instrumentation, and there are A/C vents conveniently aimed to keep the captain comfortable. The helm seat is movable, so you can choose to sit or stand at the big, stainless-steel wheel. There's a wrap-around settee with a cocktail table for guests, and heavy-duty sliding doors on either side for quick access to the deck.

Stylish, open steps lead up to the flying bridge, where there's a second command station and more seating for entertaining guests. The deck extends aft to provide cover for the cockpit below as well as room for stowing a dinghy. A 1,500 pound-capacity davit with a 12-volt winch comes standard.

The teak-paneled main salon is two steps down from the pilothouse. The spacious galley is set apart by an L-shaped, Corian-topped counter. The fridge, oven, range and sink are all of home kitchen proportions, and the microwave, optional dishwasher and trash compactor are welcome assets.

The dinette is an elegant, U-shaped settee wrapped around a Corian tabletop. The salon itself features yet another big settee with an adjustable coffee table, across from a wet bar and an entertainment center.

Out in the cockpit, the molded fiberglass staircase leading up to the flying bridge lift up to reveal the stairs down to the engine room, with emphasis on the word, 'room.' There's plenty of room around the twin 500 HP MAN Diesels that are standard. The generator and batteries are in their own compartment beneath the cockpit sole.

Manufacturer's specs show a fuel consumption rate of about 45 gallons per hour at a cruising speed of about 20 miles per hour. Wide-open throttle yields just under 24 miles per hour, burning fuel at about 56 gallons per hour. With 800-gallons of fuel onboard, you'd have a theoretical cruising range of about 400 miles.

There are two doors through the transom leading out onto the big swim platform, and a hatch in the transom opens up for fender storage. There are wide walkways leading up to the foredeck, where there's a removable sun pad and a deep bow well for anchor rode and chain, plus a raw-water, wash-down spigot. The Lewmar anchor windlass can be controlled either at the bow or from the flybridge.

The base price for the Bayliner 5788 is $799,000, but according to dealer Bob Muscolina at the Yacht Center near Annapolis, most new owners order such options as the 610 MAN Diesels, dishwasher, washer/dryer, VacuFlush heads, bow thrusters and a premium electronics package, bringing the total to somewhere between $925,000 and $950,000. Still, the Bayliner 5788 Pilot House provides a lot of yacht for under a million.