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Baja 30 Outlaw GT
Displacement (approx.): 6,900 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 24 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 5'3"
Max Cabin Headroom: 5'4"
Fuel Capacity: 142 gal.
Available Power: Twin MerCruiser or Mercury Racing sterndrives up to 1,130 hp
Taking the wheel of Baja’s 30 Outlaw GT was akin to meeting an old friend I hadn’t seen in a long time: I instantly felt comfortable.
The last boat I drove (and throttled) in an offshore powerboat race was a 2004 30 Outlaw. When I got word that I would be testing the new version of the boat, I was curious to see if Baja had made any changes. I doubted there was much that anyone could have done to improve this boat’s predictable handling and ride. My first test was rescheduled after Craig Barrie, Baja vice president of sales and marketing, took the 30 Outlaw GT for a ride. The boat had difficulty planing and riding smoothly in calm conditions.
Drawing on decades of experience in the go-fast industry, Barrie told Baja President Johnny Walker that the extra-large transom notch on the new boat was causing the issues. Barrie had the lamination team shrink the notch from 9.5 inches by 9 inches to one measuring 6 inches across and 4 inches tall. Otherwise, the boat is a classic deep-V with inboard strakes that run to about the 20-foot mark and an outboard pair that runs the full length. The chines are reversed, or turned down slightly.
Barrie got it right. My test boat planed with gleeful ease. Just at the point when it felt as if the props were going to break free and cavitate, the bow settled down and the 30 Outlaw GT flew forward.