Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production)
(w/ 1 x 220-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GL)


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Glastron’s GXL 205 is a member of the company’s GXL bowrider line and is representative of what a combination of high-tech and smart looking design can result in: form and function in one package.

Key Features

  • Full instrumentation
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with 4 chrome speakers
  • Glove box
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout
  • Molded swim platform
  • SuspensionAire wraparound bucket seats with flip-up bolsters
  • Snap-in carpet
  • Padded sunlounge with port and starboard storage compartments
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Two-tone hull and deck graphics
  • U-shaped rear seating
  • Depth sounder
  • Hour meter
  • Unitized fiberglass deck/floor
  • Stainless steel drink holders
  • Stainless steel rubrail
  • Pull-up cleats
  • Walk-thru transom
  • Telescopic 3-step ladder, fore & aft

Specifications

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Specifications
Length Overall 19' 11'' Dry Weight 3,025 lbs.
Beam 8' 0'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 31'' Fuel Cap 35 gal.
Deadrise/Transom 21 deg. Water Cap none
Max Headroom open Bridge Clearance N/A
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 220-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GL
Tested Power 1 x 220-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GL
Opt. Power Not Available

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Photo Gallery

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Foam Back Seating

Glastron added contoured foam back seating covered in high grade, leatherette-looking and feeling vinyl, to produce a luxurious and comfortable interior.

At the Helm

The dash is outfitted in a shiny burlwood composite, and there’s a small, flat vinyl pad atop the dash that provides shade to the faces.

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Unique Cockpit Seating

This walk-thru design provides access to the swim platform while preserving the cockpit U-seating.

Store Your Gear

Ample storage is located beneath all the seating, and the aft lounge has hinged flip-up cushions, while the forward cushions are pull-outs.

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Smart Design

On each side is a design cutout under the gunwales that is fully carpeted and surprisingly deep. Speakers are also located in the aft as well as forward ends of this area.

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Captain's Report

Advanced Technology and Innovative Design in Glastron’s GXL 205 Bowrider

Sportboat fans, get ready for a totally new 20-footer that is bound to take you by surprise.

By Capt. Gary Joyce

Test Captain

Glastron’s GXL 205 is a member of the company’s GXL bowrider line and is representative of what a combination of high-tech and smart looking design can result in: form and function in one package.

Design and Layout

Glastron added contoured foam back seating covered in high grade, leatherette-looking and feeling vinyl, to produce a luxurious and comfortable interior. Bucket seats are SuspensionAire adjustable (fore and aft and swivel) seats and feature a flip-up bolster. Ample storage is located beneath all the seating, and the aft lounge has hinged flip-up cushions, while the forward cushions are pull-outs.

Handy Storage and Features

The GXL 205 has a wakeboard locker – big enough to stash a couple of dive tanks – is located between the bucket seats, and on each side is a design cutout under the gunwales that is fully carpeted and surprisingly deep. Speakers are also located in the aft as well as forward ends of this area.

Glastron’s designers appear to have a firm grip on ergonomics when it comes to, well, firm grips. Handgrips are located on either side of the aft lounge, at the passenger seat and in the bow cockpit, and all fall to hand when needed.

Glastron has opted to do away with those miniature ankle-high transom doors and cut outs. This results in beam-to-beam utilization of the sun pad and swim platform; with the GXL 205 having an eight-foot beam. The sun pad lifts with the assistance of two pistons and reveals a very large engine bay. There is storage on both sides of the engine and there is still complete access for maintenance. I’d venture to say that if you like working on your own boat, you’re going to love the work space in the GXL 205. The battery resides on the starboard side, and the port side is just a big empty space begging to be filled; a good place for PFDs among other things.

At the Helm

The helm is fully instrumented complete with speedo, tach, trim gauge, oil pressure, voltage and comprehensive layout, which also includes a depth gauge as well. (The hour meter is located in the engine compartment.) The dash is outfitted in a shiny burlwood composite, and there’s a small, flat vinyl pad atop the dash that provides some shade to the faces. This pad could also hold a small boat depth gauge or chartplotter if desired.

The passenger side has a strip of burlwood inlay and a very deep glove box in which the AM/FM/CD radio is mounted. An option is a remote control on the helm side (and you can have one at the swim platform).

The windshield is raked way back (if you sit in the bolster position be careful about bending to scratch an ankle). It has stainless steel window supports that look like part handrail and part support. The windshield frame is aluminum and the hardware stainless steel; the walkthrough panel has a large marshmallow-size bumper for when it’s open, and a snap strap to keep it back when running.

Did I mention there are plenty of cup holders, everything drains into the bilge, and the cleats are six-inchers? The list continues to grow.

Possible Changes

Nothing’s perfect however. I would like to have seen an extended swim platform as standard equipment; there is one available as an option, however. Reversing the hinge on the floor locker to allow passengers to rummage around while underway, and adding a means of holding it open, would help.

Test Results

Our test boat cruised most economically at 3000 rpm traveling 32.1 mph, with the standard Volvo-Penta 5.0 GL with a 1.6:1 Volvo SX drive spinning a 14 x 21 Solas propeller. We were on plane in only 2.8 seconds and hit 30 mph in 5.7 seconds. Our test boat attained a top speed of 54.7 mph turning 4800 rpm. This boat handles like a sportboat is supposed to handle. It runs on rails, hook-turns at near-full-power, and exhibits no slide. In addition, she cut through wakes and swells cleanly, and was relatively dry, with hardly any hull smack. Four well-satisfied, after dinner testers clambered aboard for a high speed run back, and the boat barely changed attitude, much less performance.

There’s a wakeboard version available for those of you who want it. If you’re looking for a bowrider that will provide you with plenty of fun, I can enthusiastically recommend you look at the GXL 205. This is a roomy, comfortable, and extremely eye-catching boat.

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) is 54.7 mph (88 kph), burning 19.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 75.32 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) is 32.1 mph (51.7 kph), and the boat gets 4.55 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.93 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 143 miles (230.14 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 220-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GL.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Warranty

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Warranty Information
Warranties change from time to time. While BoatTEST.com has tried to ensure the most up-to-date warranty offered by each builder, it does not guarantee the accuracies of the information presented below. Please check with the boat builder or your local dealer before you buy any boat.
Hull Warranty
Years Lifetime Limited
Transferable Yes, with $250 fee
Link http://www.glastron.com/warranty.html
Deck Warranty
Years Lifetime Limited
Transferable Yes, with $250 fee
Link http://www.glastron.com/warranty.html
Engine Warranty
Years 2 year
Gelcoat Warranty
Years 1-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.glastron.com/warranty.html
Blistering Warranty
Years 5-Year
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.glastron.com/warranty.html
Accessories Warranty
Years 2-Year non-structural components
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.glastron.com/warranty.html
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification USCG

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Price

Glastron GXL 205 (2007-) (Not in Production) Price
Pricing Range $34,857.00
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.


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