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One of the first Meridian yachts to be introduced, the 490 Pilothouse wasnt really a new model; she was originally marketed as the Bayliner 4788 Pilothouse. She became the Meridian 490 in 2003 when Bayliner went out of the big-boat business and Meridian Yachts was formed. The 490 was already a huge sales success before Meridian took over having found the sweet spot in the market where price and value intersect. She continued her popularity as the 490 Pilothouse, remaining in production with Meridian for another six years before being retired from the fleet. Whether sold as a Bayliner or Meridian, the price of this yacht was always affordable compared with competitive models. Her three-stateroom cherrywood interior features a spacious full-beam salon, big U-shaped galley, two full heads, and a raised pilothouse with flybridge access. The third stateroom, accessed from master stateroom, has a settee with hinged upper/lower berths allowing it to double as a dressing room. Note the companionway washer/dryer location. The extended flybridge easily stows a dinghy. On the downside, the cockpit is small and the engine room is a little tight. Cruise at 20 knots with Cummins 330hp diesels.