48′ Navigator vs Bayliner 4788 or Meridian 490.
- $ 239,500.00
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Back when both the Bayliner and Navigators were still being built, back when my hair was still blonde, it used to be a normal topic of conversation with my clients of which one to choose, as both built similar sized models, both built pilothouse boats, both were at the same price point. Both were American built. IF you would like to have that discussion today, I’m available.
I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to visit the Navigator facility in Perris ( this whole area made Mexican border towns look like resorts by comparison) California to actually see how they were constructed as Navigator themselves were rather tight lipped about everything behind their high gates, and locked doors. They didn’t do brochures, they didn’t do the internet, they refused to hire public relations people, so there was no magazine reviews. Seldom did they let non employees onto the premises. They even provided their employees lunch everyday so nobody was coming or going. Navigators were a giant unknown in the boating world except there was a rumor that their owner was easily irritated, and hated Brokers. You would see Navigators on the West Coast, but few on the East.
Even customers who were having their boat custom built (they would build you a bespoke vessel if you commissioned it) were limited to a certain time on a certain day, for a hour to visit their boat. I though came at the behest of a client dangling the promise of a million dollar (plus) cashiers check to become a dealer- IF I liked what I saw, so I was given quite the personal tour by the engineer in charge of the whole facility. So I discovered things that few others knew, and I’ll share that information as I review this boat.
Bayliner 4788’s outsold the Navigator 48′ 40-1. Not so much because one was better than the other, but because Brunswick (who owned Bayliner) was a huge corporation that was quite high tech in their construction, built more, and had a huge dealer network where Bayliners (and later Meridians) could be easily found. Navigator was literally a mom and pop operation on the edge of the Mohave Desert who had but a couple of expandable moulds they used for their whole series of boats from 42′ -57′, so not many were ever built, and then there was the rather unusual (and unpleasant) relationship the owner of Navigator had with it’s East Coast dealers, which is another story all to it’self. I’ll give Navigator credit for “hanging on” til 2012, when most all other American builders folded tent by 2009. I have a rather funny story to share about how little Marshall respected his dealers, and why they came and went. I have my story, I know several ex-dealers have theirs too. Mine at least ended well, only because my client whom I represented, ended up placing said million dollar (plus) cashiers check into the hands of Julie was cut from the same “__ you old school” cloth.
- :LOA: 49’02” Beam: 15′ Draft: 4’05” Height above WL: 16’09” Deadrise: 14 degrees Weight: 39,000lbs
- Fuel Tank:
- 500 gallons – 1 tank(s)
- Fresh Water Tank:
- 130 gallons – 1 tank(s)
- Holding Tank:
- 70 gallons – 1 tank(s
- Hardwood floors
- Large open galley with Corian counter tops
- Microwave Oven
- Princess 3 Burner electric Stove
- Full size refrigerator/freezer w/matching cherry wood panels
- Garbage disposal
- Large double sink
- Extra deep sliding glass door storage cabinet behind cooktop
- Cherry storage cabinets (totaling 12 in galley and salon)
- 6 storage drawers
- Queen Size Berth
- Master TV
- His/Hers cedar lined closets with auto light
- Extra large 2′ deep drawer under foot of bed
- Multiple drawers, cabinets, and closets
- (2) built in cherry nightstands
- Built in GE washing machine
- Built in GE dryer
- Separate zoned Marine Air reverse cycle AC, 16000 BTU
- Custom size berth
- Large cedar lined closet with auto light
- Separate zoned Marine Air reverse cycle AC, 12000 BTU
- (4) deep drawers at foot of berth and
- (4) large wall lockers
- Bowmar hatch with retractable screen and shade (2015)
The 4788 and 490’s have a bathtub in the master head.
|48′||Navigator 48′ Classic||2001||Ask $229,900||(04/14)||Sold:187,500||(10/17)||FL, USA|
The only documented sale of a Navigator 48′ on the east coast from June 2017 to June 2018. This boat was in tip top condition when listed in 2014, but was in below average condition when sold. I never saw it ever move in over three years.
|48′||Navigator 48′||2007||Ask $380,000||(05/17)||Sold $340,000||(05/18)||CA, USA|
|48′||Navigator 48′||2003||Ask $349,000||(03/18)||Sold $333,000||(05/18)||CA, USA|
|48′||Navigator 48′ Classic||2001||Ask $319,000||(11/17)||Sold $278,000||(12/17)||CA, USA|
|48′||Navigator 48 Classic||2001||Ask $299,000||(01/18)||Sold $255,000||(04/18)||CA, USA|
|48′||Navigator 48 Classic||2001||292,500||(10/17)||278,000||(02/18)||WA, USA|
|48′||Navigator 48 Classic||2003||329,000||(07/17)||305,000||(09/17)|
- Port helm station w/full instrumentation
- Bimini Top
- Triple Flexsteel Helm Chairs
- Windlass remote control
- 2 Large ‘L’ shaped lounges with storage
- Mar Quipt Systems 600 lb.davit
- Custom tender Chocks
- Raymarine RL Radar/GPS
- Horizon VHF radio
- Bow Thruster control
The ENGINE ROOMS are another reason why people choose these boats. They’re HUGE because the fuel tanks are NOT outboard the engines as on 99% of other marques. The tanks are all aft under the cockpit. There’s enough room outboard the mains on a Navigator to lay down and take a nap. The engine rooms of a 4788 and 490 are TIGHT with very low headroom. Of course that’s why they’re a sleeker vessel, and have a lower center of gravity than a Navigator.
- 2 Volvo Penta 370 HP TAMD 63P Turbo Diesels 1000 hours. (have you ever noticed how many yachts for sale of any size or make always have almost, or even a bit more than 1000 hours? Ever wondered why? I think it’s because they don’t wish to pay for the 1000 Hour service their engine makers suggest.
- The Volvo’s in a Navigator ARE much LOUDER, especially at the exhaust. than the Cummins diesels in a 4788 or a 490.
- Kohler Generator
- Side Power Bow Thruster
- Marine Air reverse cycle air conditioning system
- Fuel cross over system
- Fresh water pump
- Automatic bilge pumps
- Fresh water outlet in the engine room
- Hot water heater
- Battery Charger
- Expansive Aft Lazarette Storage Area
Top Speed: 24.5 mph
MPG @ 20 mph: .8
Range @ 20 mph: 400 miles
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