Baja Outlaw

It’s a funny thing about the Baja Outlaw. Seems Baja decided to outlaw the boat itself a few years back, taking it right out of the production line. Well, now it’s back and sure to turn a few heads.

With a choice of 20 gelcoat colors (five exterior standard plus four interior), this motor boat won’t go unnoticed. As you’d expect from a true high-performance boat, the interior beneath her smooth foredeck isn’t spacious, but it is surprisingly well appointed. Full V-berth, portable toilet, cabin lightning, plus lounge area make for a more-than-expected package below.

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The longest american Day Cruiser from Baja

The Outlaw’s cockpit is also well done, featuring striking upholstery on the two bolster helm seats (with manual drop-down seat bottoms) and on the aft benchseat as well. The helm station has clearly been designed for the true performance enthusiast, featuring standard Kiekhaefer Zero Effort shift and throttle controls, along with large, easy-to-read instruments and sporty Momo tilt wheel. The electrically operated engine hatch (with luxurious sunlounge atop), helps out when it’s time to check the MerCruiser engine (an optional 502 Magnum in our test boat). The package finishes off with a standard integral swim platform, ski ring, slide-out ladder, and unique non-skid.

Speed is second name of this Baja Outlaw model

The Outlaw boat has been built with longevity and easy care in mind, as evidence by the aluminum dash and welded aluminum windscreen.

As far as performance goes, note that while Baja promotes the Outlaw Day Cruiser as an “entry-level” performance powerboat, it’s still a machine that can perform to the satisfaction of eny expert. At power up, no trim tabs are needed. The Baja Outlaw simply rockets straight ahead and trims out quickly and smoothly.

This hull can handle four- to five-foot seas with relative ease thanks to her sharp 24-degree deadrise and deep entry, but to get maximum effect you’ll need to pay special attention to trim and tab settings in the upper-rpm range. Overall, the Outlaw is highly responsive, capable of carving tight high-speed turns that would challenge even the best waterskier. When the skier goes down, a quick pullback on the throttle commands the Outlaw to a smooth stop.

For either would-be performance buffs or experienced sportboaters, the Baja Outlaw offers a lot at a highly competitive price. It may be time to draw your guns, call your Baja dealer, and face the law.

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