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With over 350 built during her decade of production, the Bayliner 4588 Pilothouse (called the 4550 Pilothouse in 198488) has long been recognized as one of the best big-boat buys in the industry. Her classic Pacific Northwest profile is timeless, and while no one will confuse her with an expensive high-end yacht, an affordable price and comfortable accommodations make her an appealing boat in todays used market. Built on a low-deadrise, fully cored hull with a shallow 15-inch keel, the Bayliners raised pilothouse floorplan includes two double staterooms as well as a third stateroom/office that opens into the master stateroom. The galley is forward in the salon, and both heads share a common tub/shower facility. On deck, a bridge overhang shelters the small cockpit where a pair of hatches in the sole provide access to the engine room. Additional features include a well-arranged flybridge with a dinghy davit, port and starboard pilothouse deck doors, a transom door, and wide walkways. On the downside, engine access is tight. Standard 220hp Hino diesels (250hp beginning in 1991) cruise at 1617 knots at close to a mile per gallonexcellent economy for a 45-foot yacht.