2955 Avanti Sunbridge
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Introduced in 1988, the 2955 Avanti Sunbridge is yet another example of why Bayliner so dominated the market for entry-level boats in the 1980s and 1990s. Fully equipped (there were no options except air conditioning), a new 2955 Avanti Sunbridge delivered for about $50,000 in 1989/90considerably less than the price of similarly equipped competitive boats. Not surprisingly, a lot of Bayliner 2955s were sold during her production run and used models are usually easy to find. With a wide 10'6"" beam, the accommodations are surprisingly spacious for a 29-footer. The midcabin floorplan will sleep four adults and two kids, and includes a standup head with shower as well as a small galley area. Like most open-plan layouts, theres no privacy door for either sleeping area, just draw curtains. The swim platform is a bolt-on affair (rather than an integral part of the hull), and it must be conceded that the 2955s level of fit and finish is something less than meticulous. A single 340hp I/O was standard (16 knots cruise and 28 top), and twin 260hp MerCruisers were optional (2122 knots cruise/33 top). Note that the engine compartment is a tight fit with twin engines.