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Baja 35 Outlaw Poker Run Edition

2 x 500-hp MerCruiser 525 EFI

Brief Summary

Baja builds boats to run fast and this "Poker Face," 35 Outlaw Poker Run Edition- leaves everyone in its wake. This boat has one awesome paint job and installed with the twin 425-hp MerCruiser MAG HO's you are sure to grab a lot of attention. This model is just as comfortable to ride at cruise as she is at top speed and the handling is amazing.

Key Features

  • Carbon fiber and Kevlar construction
  • Standard cabin includes enclosed head
  • Custom snap-in carpet runner
  • Clarion AM/FM CD Stereo
  • Anodized drink holders, grab bars, and trim tab indicators
  • Smoked cabin door

Test Results

750 5 4.3 4 1.25 1.09 160 139 77
1000 9 7.8 6.8 1.33 1.15 169 147 85
1500 12.9 11.2 12.5 1.03 0.89 131 114 86
2000 15.1 13.1 13.2 1.14 1 146 127 87
2500 21.1 18.3 19.5 1.08 0.94 138 120 89
3000 41.5 36.1 33.2 1.25 1.09 160 139 93
3500 53.9 46.9 42.5 1.27 1.1 162 141 94
4000 63.6 55.3 55.5 1.15 1 146 127 97
4500 72 62.6 63 1.14 0.99 146 127 98
5000 82.3 71.5 82.1 1 0.87 128 111 98
5200 85.1 74 83.1 1.02 0.89 131 114 98


Length Overall 37' 1'' w/ swim platform
Beam 8' 6''
Dry Weight 7,100 lbs.
Draft 40''
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Fuel Capacity 142 gal.
Water Capacity N/A


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Acceleration Times & Conditions

Time to Plane 4.6 sec.
0 to 30 7.6 sec.
Ratio 1.50:1
Props N/A
Load 3 persons, 3/4 fuel, no water, minimal gear
Climate 84 deg., 51% humid, wind: 5 mph; seas: minimal chop

Engine Options

Tested Engine 2 x 500-hp MerCruiser 525 EFI
Std. Power 2 x 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnum
Opt. Power 2 x MerCruiser 496 Magnum HO
2 x MerCruiser 525 EFI
2 x MerCruiser 600 SCI

Captain's Report

No Bluff, “Poker Face” Wins Big for Baja
By Capt. Bob Smith
Poker Face has won just about every race it has entered since hitting the waves. After a quick run, I can see why. I had the pleasure of going to a media event in Sanibel, FL, recently to find out if Poker Face was for real.
Our first run on the 35 Outlaw made a believer out of me as she was on plane and knew full throttle very quickly. When we made our turn at the end of the course, the driver simply pulled back to ¾ throttle and made a near-hairpin turn without a skip or a slide. What an incredibly smooth ride and thrilling experience!
Specs and Engine Options
The 35 Poker Run Edition is 35 feet of pure adrenaline. When you add the swim platform, she stretches out to 37’1”. She measures 8’6” across the beam, yet the Baja 35 Outlaw feels bigger when riding in the comfort of the wrap-around performance seats.
She weighs about 7,100 lbs. and draws 41”. Using carbon fiber production, Baja shed 1,000 pounds from the weight of Poker Face. For those long runs, you can top off the 142-gallon capacity tanks before launching.
Twin 375-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnums are standard for this model. You can opt for up to three other packages, including 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnum HOs, 500-hp MerCruiser 525 EFIs or the monster 600-hp MerCruiser 600SCIs.
Poker Face has the twin 425-hp MerCruiser 496 Magnums—and she is winning everything, so I can’t imagine what would happen with 1,200 horses under the hood! This boat commands attention at the dock even before she lights the fires. The custom exterior paint job carries into the engine box.
The Outlaw is built to last—and to win races. Baja starts with an innovative stringer liner system, increasing rigidity and unitizing the hull for durability and go-fast capabilities. The True-V hull proved itself on the water, completing tight turns at high speeds. The builder has balanced lift with cornering ability, enabling the driver to handle the boat with confidence in all situations.
Cockpit and Helm
The 35 Outlaw has seating for eight with a large bench across the stern with integrated head rests and air scoops and two drop-away Aero Bolster seats. Jumbo stainless cup holders will keep your beverages in check at anchor, but I wouldn’t want to have an open container underway! Cockpit carpet is optional and a custom fiberglass dash console is standard on the Poker Run edition.
Custom painted gauge trim rings are standard on the Poker Run Edition as well as a custom dash panel. Livorsi split shift/throttle performance controls are standard and gauges are red backlit for night runs. Anodized trim tab indicators are also standard. A Clarion Performance AM/FM/CD is standard with a driver’s remote control. The list of options is very long, so you can easily make your own one-of-a-kind version.
In the Cabin
While you probably will spend most of your time topside, the Poker Run does have a surprisingly spacious interior. When you need to relax for a catnap or feel compelled to stay overnight, there’s room for two in the accommodations below. Carpeting is standard and the convertible seating is 7’ in length.
We tested Poker Face on a relatively calm day, but had the chance to jump some wakes, including our own in the turn. One of my measures of how smooth a ride is involves looking at whether I can read my notes at the end of the run. Well, let’s say these notes were among the cleanest I have ever written.
We hit a maximum of 85.1 mph with a full tank of fuel and three rather large fellows on board. For cruise speed, I found at 3500 rpm she was running 53.9 mph for a range of 162 mph. She planed in 4.6 seconds and completed a 0 to 30 mph sprint in 7.6 seconds. Once on plane, she is reaching for the top end in a matter of 3 or 4 more seconds.
With Baja’s 35 Outlaw, why follow the rules when you can make your own and have others follow your wake, if they can catch up! Poker Face rules!

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