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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
At wide-open throttle, the 430 hp MerCruiser 8.2 Mag HO sterndrives pushed the boat to 75.1 mph, the 30 Outlaw GT riding smoothly across the (unfortunately for a boat test) calm surface. Swing it into turns and the 30 Outlaw GT performs with grace.
Looking for other nonstepped 30-foot go-fasts? The Checkmate 30 Convincor tops at about 72 mph with a pair of 320 hp MerCruiser 377 Mag sterndrives and retails for $117,520. From the West Coast, the Hallett 300 T hits 77 mph with the same power as my test boat and sports a sticker of $149,000.
Back to the 30 Outlaw GT, the helm felt comfortable with the Livorsi instruments arranged in a logical layout and the accessory manufacturer’s shift-and-throttle controls ergonomically positioned. Trim control for both drives is on the throttle lever, with a full panel of switches for the drives and tabs just ahead and the Livorsi LED trim indicators positioned to starboard, where you can glance at them quickly. Like the Mercury Racing 280S K-Plane trim tabs, the LED indicators and the Livorsi tachometers with data readouts at the bottom, the upgraded graphics and other options are all part of the GT package, which adds about $18,000 to the sticker price. Power dropout bolsters are stylish, supportive and practical with grab handles and map pockets on the aft side.
In the two levels of gunwale cutouts, there were three cup holders per side in the uppers and plenty of space for big fenders in the lower trays. I appreciated the depth of the aft bench seat and the stowage available beneath the bottom cushion that folded out on two-position hinges. A glove-box-style hatch in the base of the seat opened to reveal the battery switches, circuit breakers and battery jumper posts.