Our 2002 Bayliner 4788

Our new-to-us boat is a 2002 Bayliner 4788.

The 4788 is perfect for how we boat. We’ve been searching for a home-away-from-home for a long time, and this boat finally fits the bill. If it was an apartment, it would be a 3-bedroom, two-bath, 600 square foot, 4-level apartment with a heck of a water view.

If you will indulge us, we’ll give you a quick virtual tour…

From the cockpit, you enter into the main salon, with a large L-shaped settee and table to starboard, seating and storage to port:

Forward of the salon is the galley on the port side:

Up the stairs just starboard of centerline is the pilothouse, which is one of the primary reasons we purchased this model. Aside from the great visibility and organization while underway, having a second full room available while tied up in port is amazing:

When tie up in our home slip, we have a great view of Commencement Bay. This goes back to the floating condo idea — we don’t even need to leave our slip to “get away” and have a great view of the water:

From the pilothouse, you go up a few more steps to the fly-bridge and dinghy. The dinghy, aside from being the boat’s tender, will also become the primary fishing and skinny-water exploration boat:

From the main salon, heading down below, immediately to port is the first stateroom which has become Taylor’s room:

Down the hallway, past the head to starboard, is the 3rd stateroom which can be made up into either two single bunks, or a setee extending the master:

Forward again is the master stateroom, with private head to starboard:

We use this boat way more than any other boat we’ve owned. We come down almost every weekend just to hang out on it. We have all the comforts of home, with enough room to even host thanksgiving dinner:

Santa brought a couple kayaks at Christmas, so aside from the dinghy we can explore the beaches, seals and sea lions, and the harbor:


Yes, this is our new boat.

We think we’ll keep this one for a while.

3 thoughts on “Our 2002 Bayliner 4788”

  1. We are one week into moving our family full time onto our 4788. We love it! The Pilothouse was also a big plus for us, spacewise. We are also enclosing the Fly Bridge for another year round use space. This was just a love at first sight boat for us.

    1. Congratulations! We are going to work later this year to enclose the cockpit, and we also love the pilothouse. We spend almost every weekend aboard, but not ready to move on full-time yet. 🙂

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