The 222 Classic measures 22′ 3″ long by 8′ 1′ wide and draws a maximum draft of 2′ 10″ making it a very easy boat to handle, and gives you the ability to maneuver in close quarters.
Captain’s Report from Boattest.com
A Classic with Modern FlareTested by Capt. Brandon DeNataleI was recently able to test Bayliner?s 222 Classic at the U.S. Marine dealer meeting near Ft. Myers. The 222 Classic is Bayliner entry-level cruiser intended to offer that first experience into overnighting and family boating fun. As such, she does a good job of providing the basic necessities to get you and your family on the water. Design and Layout makes it a very easy boat to handle and gives you the ability to maneuver in close quarters without breaking a sweat. The boat I tested didn?t have the optional hardtop with cruise curtain, but if I were cruising anywhere warm I would most likely leave it off unless you would rather have more privacy. The layout is simple and the basic philosophy behind this model is that you get a very easy to maintain boat that will serve you and your family for the initial step into the boating world and beyond. The hull is hand laid fiberglass with unitized construction and glassed-in bulkheads. She also features a deadrise of 21 degrees, which makes for a comfortable ride.FeaturesThe styling is reminiscent of older cruisers but the 222 Classic is still loaded with modern features. When I stepped aboard I was surprised at how open the cockpit was. There is plenty of room here for entertaining friends and family while out for a cruise. On the stern there is a small boarding step with retractable ladder. I found it to be a little small for my taste, and if you have small children it might pose a problem getting them up and over the stern and onto a boarding step. Back on the transom there?s a fish well and cutting board top. This is a nice feature, but I was sorry to see that Bayliner had not put any rod holders into the gunwales. Moving inboard there are two jump seats, one on either side of the engine cover. These remove to provide access to storage underneath. From these storage hatches you can access the steering cables to port and the battery located to starboard. There are also cup holders and handrails on either side for convenience. Another nice feature that I noticed was the full fiberglass cockpit liner. This makes cleaning things up a breeze. The engine box removes easily with two latches and provides plenty of room around the 220-hp MerCruiser engine with Alpha One drive. SeatingFurther forward we find two rear facing seats that are raised and attached to the forward helm seats. There is a nice retractable footrest for comfort and below there is ample storage for life jackets and other gear. The helm seats being part of the rear facing seats allow the entire seat to turn into a sun lounger. This is the perfect spot for relaxing when at anchor. Helm StationOver at the helm ther