Deckboats offer an amazing choice of activities besides just carrying friends and family, and the DX 215 DB is no exception. The raised forward deck does double duty as a swimming and diving platform as well as a casting deck. Glastron offers a fishing option (add $1,092) for this boat that includes a livewell at the stern with switch at the dash, two bow fishing seats and a bow trolling motor plug. Optional docking lights are available for those night fishing escapades (add $207).
The bow seats wrap around the front the boat, and there is plenty of storage beneath them for stowing your gear. The center cushion lifts off to provide a non-skid step to the bow. An optional table (add $331) can be fitted for dining and it slips into a pedestal base in either the bow or stern. A huge bow sun pad (add $569) can be installed to turn the entire area into a padded beach. Talk about fun in the sun.
Passengers will like the roomy changing area built into the helm station. And if you intend to spend long days on the water then you may want to consider the optional portable toilet (add $288). The helm features attractive white-faced Faria gauges with chrome bezels set within a burl wood-like plastic panel that does a convincing job that it came from real trees.
The standard captain’s chair is a SuspensionAire adjustable bucket seat with a flip-up bolster to give you more height and space when needed.Entertaining passengers is made easy with the built-in entertainment station to the port side amidships. It features a freshwater sink with a pump connected to the 12.5 gallon (47.3 L) water tank. Glastron recognized the need for adding a grab rail here, and there’s storage for a removable cooler underneath. For carrying more gear, such as wakeboards and skis, there is a large deck storage compartment, and the hatch is held in place with stainless hinges so it won’t pop out with every wave you hit.
Seating and Stern Features
The stern features an L-shaped bench seat with storage below. Beneath one cushion is a surprise. There is an optional livewell for the fishermen onboard. The same table that can be installed at the bow has a place at the stern too. So, when the bow is configured with the sun pad, you can have lunch from the stern seats instead.Finishing out the cockpit is a large sun pad at the stern. It conceals a hatch for the engine compartment, which by the way has plenty of room below for storing the bow seats and extra cushions. The large hatch opens with a big tug assisted by hydraulic struts.At the stern is a full-width integrated swim platform, which is accessed through a walkway on the starboard side, and is equipped with a fold down stainless steel ladder. The swim platform isn’t big enough to hang out on, but you can add an optional extended platform that is (add $1,447).
Performance and Ride
Our test boat was equipped with a 220-horsepower MerCruiser 4.3-Liter MPI that offered plenty of performance. We recorded a top speed of 47.3 miles per hour at 4950 rpm. But if you plan on continually filling up the boat with 12 of your closest friends, and water skiing with them, then you might possibly need more power. The DS 215 DB can handle as much as 300 horsepower (add $7,676 - $11,489). But really, it’s not likely that you’ll need it.Over the water, the DS 215 handles smoothly and is fun to drive. Moderate wakes and waves are handled without pounding, which should make your passengers happy. Steering is linear and smooth. There is also good visibility all around but a choice for a taller windscreen would be appreciated as an option. The boat also takes a good set in turns and is quite maneuverable for its size.
Other Necessary Options
Glastron kept the price down partly by offering options, instead of just putting them on and charging you. This is good as it’s always nice to choose for yourself. Some must-haves is (and you could see this coming a mile away) a Bimini top (add $1,269). That will make the difference between enjoying a day on the water and enduring one. Our test boat was equipped with the XL Package (add $1,089) and it made a difference as well. It includes stainless steel drink holders, stainless steel grab handles, stainless steel rub rail insert, tilt steering, flip-up bucket seat, snap-in carpet, stainless steel speaker grills, and an hour meter. And I know you’re thinking, “What about the trailer?” but it’s included as standard.
So if the DS 215 DB is all that hot, is there anything that’s not? To be honest, there’s not much. One thing that I’d like to see re-engineered is the latch system for the seat storage. It’s a stainless pin that drops into a socket. I found it very hard to get my fingers under the seat cushions and then harder to lift up. Anyone other than reasonably strong-fingered guys will have difficulty and it’s only a matter of time before the pin gets pulled right out of the seat bottom, creating an unnecessary warranty item. Lifting the engine hatch was a bit tough too. This simply needs stronger gas struts to take some of the load off. Anyone with a bad back will forgo the daily engine checks and that won’t do.
There are a good number of deckboats to choose from other boat manufacturers these days. But the Glastron DS 215 DB offers an excellent mix of style, performance, quality details and hardware that are absent in many of the other boats in this class. I also have to give Glastron high marks keeping the price down, at $30,988, and for looks. Detail-for-detail and dollar-for-dollar, I think the Glastron DS 215 is hard to beat.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Glastron DS 215 DB (2011-) is 47.3 mph (76.1 kph), burning 16.2 gallons per hour (gph) or 61.32 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Glastron DS 215 DB (2011-) is 27.2 mph (43.8 kph), and the boat gets 4.15 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.76 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 209 miles (336.35 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3L MPI.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!