Bayliner is the world's largest manufacturer of recreational boats. Established in 1957 by Orin Edson, Bayliner currently has over 400 dealers in over 60 countries around the world. The company operates as part of the Brunswick Boat Group, a division of the Brunswick Corporation. Bayliner was acquired by Brunswick from Orin Edson in 1986 for $425 million. Bayliner facilities are located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Dandridge, Tennessee and Arlington, Washington, in the United States;and in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, in Mexico. Bayliner also has a plant in Portugal for the European market and in Brasil for the South American market. Bayliner offers 25 different boat models, with the most popular being the 175 Bowrider, a favorite among first-time boat buyers.
Bayliner operated a sailboat division from 1970 until about 1979 under the name US Yachts and Buccaneer Yachts, producing US-series and Buccaneer series boats. The boats sold well though the 1973 oil crisis period, but the division was sold off in about 1979 and continued in business independently until the mid-1980s.
The largest boat built was the US Yachts US 42. Other boats built include the Buccaneer 220 and the US 22. The boat designs tended to emphasize interior accommodation over sailing qualities.