When us Brits think about an American powerboat, we tend to imagine one of three things – an affordable bow rider with a workmanlike sterndrive; an offshore fishing boat with a million horsepower multi-rig; or a garishly painted rocket ship with burbling exhausts and all the self-effacing modesty of a diamante codpiece. Naturally, all three have their admirers but as the new flagship of the Baja range, the updated 35 Outlaw is unquestionably a craft from the third (and arguably the most interesting) of these camps.

Baja 35 Outlaw

Baja 35 Outlaw: expect speeds up to 65 knots plus a cockpit that seats six and a truly livable interior with comfortable sleeping accommodation for three.

Johnny Walker, CEO of Baja Marine, explains the thinking behind the launch of the updated model: “The 35 Outlaw has been a highly successful model for Baja, thanks to its sharp looks, a cockpit that seats six and a truly livable interior with comfortable sleeping accommodation for three, a galley and a huge head. Baja owners looking to take a step up in size have been asking for the 35 Outlaw, but it hasn’t been available for the past several years – until now.”

The new model is being offered with power options from twin 430hp MerCruiser 8.2L MAG HOs, to 525 EFIs or 565 EFIs, which Mr Walker says will give it the kind of performance that will make you “proud at a poker run.” What he means by that is that you can expect speeds of up to 65 knots alongside the same narrow-beamed, deeply angled, soft-riding, fast offshore hull that fans of the marque have come to love.

We can also look forward to an updated custom dash panel with carbon-fibre trim and chrome Livorsi gauges, plus Latham hydraulic steering, electric stand-up bolsters, a tilt-adjutsable leather wheel and a six-speaker stereo with iPod dock. Despite the very evident emphasis on performance, you still get a forward V-berth and galley, plus very decent storage and a full-sized heads compartment. And just in case you are wondering, the options also include those all-important custom graphics, so you can dress your boat in the time-honoured combo of bald eagles and burning skulls. Sounds ideal to me…


The new cockpit set-up is exactly what you would want from the Baja flagship.


Baja 35 Outlaw: Specifications

LOA: 11.0m

Beam: 2.6m

Weight: 3,674kg

Deadrise: 24 degrees

Fuel capacity: 700 litres


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.