|Length Overall||17' 1''||Dry Weight||2,335 lbs.|
|Beam||7' 4''||Tested Weight||N/A|
|Draft||1' 4''||Fuel Cap||23 gal.|
|Deadrise/Transom||21 deg.||Water Cap||N/A|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
|Std. Power||1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0 GL|
|Tested Power||1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL|
A popular runabout.
The Glastron SX 175 is among the most popular runabouts on the market and is a big seller for the company.
Fully lined storage.
There is storage beneath the seats, but unlike other boats, the storage compartments on the SX 175 are fully lined and drained.
The helm features attractive and sporty black on white gauges surrounded with an upscale-looking chrome trim ring.
The passenger console has a large storage compartment where a Clarion marine-grade AM/FM/CD Sirius satellite ready radio is installed.
Stylish air vents.
Large air vents cut with the SX logo add to the stylish look of this boat.
Speedy Best Seller
The SX 175 is fully outfitted and affordable for the first-time boat buyer.
By Captain Keith Burton
The Glastron SX 175 is among the most popular runabouts on the market and is a big seller for the company. It is actually the company’s most popular boat and for good reasons. It is attractively priced, sporty to look at, and fun to pilot. But for 2006 Glastron has upped the ante on this boat with a striking all-new interior that makes this boat feel and look far more upscale than its price should support. It is also quite fast with the optional 4.3 liter sterndrive. But more on that in a bit. The Glastron SX 175 is a 17-foot bowrider that is a good demonstration of Glastron’s nearly 50 years of fiberglass boat building experience baked into an affordable family boat. While some folks may consider this one suitable for first-time boat buyers or small families, we think its appeal is far greater if you are looking for a nice runabout with some real style and performance.
The bow features wraparound seating with convenient cupholders and grab rails nearby. There is storage beneath the seats, but unlike other boats, the storage compartments on the SX 175 are fully lined and drained. We liked the removable cushion at the bow center position that lifts off to reveal a handy non-skid step, great for getting on and off the boat when beached. Stainless steel fittings are used throughout, and we particularly liked the curved stainless steel windshield supports that double as handholds through to the bow. On many competing boats in this price class, such windshield supports are just aluminum rods.
The helm features attractive and sporty black on white gauges surrounded with an upscale-looking chrome trim ring. The gauges are set within a neat brush-aluminum looking dash Our boat was equipped with the optional bucket seats for the captain and forward passenger. Standard seats are foldout buckets and both swivel. The captain’s seat also features a fold-up bolster. The passenger console has a large storage compartment where a Clarion marine-grade AM/FM/CD Sirius satellite ready radio is installed.
Seating and Stern Features
The stern seating is a full-width bench seat with plenty of storage for your gear beneath. Large air vents are cut into the bench seat support box. The center vents are notable because they were cut with the SX logo, which adds to the stylish look of this boat. At the stern is a large full width sun pad and behind that is an integrated ski platform with a fold-down ladder. All this in a 17-foot boat that still leaves a remarkable amount of room onboard.
Performance and Ride
Our tester was powered by an optional 190-horsepower Volvo 4.3-Liter GL. The standard engine is a 3-liter 135 horsepower four cylinder sterndrive with your choice of MerCruiser or Volvo power. With the 4.3-liter, our test boat achieved a speedy top speed of 53.8 miles per hour at 5,000 rpm. Not bad at all for a boat that is priced in the mid 15’s. You can expect a top speed in the low 40 mph range for the four cylinder, which is perfectly adequate for most folks. But with the bigger engine, the fun quotient pegs the meter on the SX 175. Handling is about what you would expect in a powerful but light runabout. That is, the boat accelerates with authority and leaps across moderate wakes with a jolt when at speed, so you will need to slow down. But that is the way with all boats of this class, weight and size. This is not to say that this boat is a handful to pilot. It cuts into corners well and turns plenty sharp for river skiers. In a word, first-time boat owners will not be intimidated. The SX 175 has a lot going for it. It is priced in the affordability range for first-time boat buyers and is outfitted with all the stuff most people want right out of the box.
= Standard = Optional
|Transferable||Yes, with $250 fee|
|Transferable||Yes, with $250 fee|
|Years||2-Year non-structural components|