|Length Overall||17' 1''||Dry Weight||2,280 lbs.|
|Draft||31''||Fuel Cap||23 gal.|
|Deadrise/Transom||21 deg.||Water Cap||none|
|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||N/A|
|Std. Power||1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0 GL|
|Tested Power||1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL|
1 x 190-hp MerCruiser 4.3 L
1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3 GL
1 x 135-hp MerCruiser 3.0 L
The gauges are arranged to be easy to see and appear with a design more in line with what you would see in a sports car.
Wrap Around Deluxe Bucket Seats
While many entry level boat builders use fold down seats for the captain and passengers, Glastron chose to use nicely-styled wrap-around deluxe bucket seats for the MX 175.
The MX 175 has the typical padded seating befitting a bowrider, complete with nicely styled vinyl and storage space beneath.
More Seating Aft
The aft seating is a full width bench seat that is back by a sunpad the runs the full width of the stern
Entry Level Redefined
By Captain Keith Burton
For small young families wanting to get into boating the choices are many. Almost every manufacturer builds a boat that is designed to entice the buyer into the showroom. For Glastron, a company that has made its reputation on family-oriented runabouts, an entry-level boat benefits from that company’s size and experience with a boat that gives entry level a new meaning. That is, a quality boat with the features and a lot of the performance you would see in boats costing more.
Sitting in the water, the Glastron MX 175 is a sleek, sterndrive bowrider. The MX 175 is attractively designed and outfitted with the type of features that would make many boat owners envious.
At the Bow
Starting at the bow, the MX 175 has the typical padded seating befitting a bowrider, complete with nicely styled vinyl and storage space beneath. There is plenty of room for kids and adults. At the leading edge of the bow, Glastron’s designers included a level step at the top of the forward gunnel to make it easy to get aboard when the boat is beach. The area includes an anti-skid surface and a step down within the bow seating area. An optional cushion is available to turn the step into a seat.
Moving into the main deck, the helm has a full set of gauges. Those include a speedometer and tachometer and auxiliary gauges for monitoring the engine. The gauges are arranged to be easy to see and appear with a design more in line with what you would see in a sports car. Rocker switches control the auxiliary electrics, which are backed up with circuit breakers.
While many entry level boat builders use fold down seats for the captain and passengers, Glastron chose to use nicely-styled wrap-around bucket seats for the MX 175. This adds to the upscale look of this boat.
The aft seating is a full width bench seat that is back by a sunpad the runs the full width of the stern. All just like boats that cost much more. Under the aft seats are storage compartments that are open to the bow.
The MX 175 also has a completely fiberglass floor, which is just like more expensive boats. Optional is a snap-in carpet. But anyone who has tried to get sand out of the carpet of a boat will appreciate how much easier it is to clean up a boat with a fiberglass floor.
At the deck between the walk-through windshield is a large ski and wakeboard storage compartment. We noted that the compartment was wider than some others we have seen in boats this size.
While storage is adequate on board, we did note there were no storage compartments below the port and starboard gunnels as in most boats. Those areas are a smooth fiberglass.
The engine compartment is accessed via a large lift-up door beneath the sunpad and behind the aft seats. The door lifts with a modest effort assisted by two small hydraulic pistons. The engine’s service points are in plain view. We also noted that the engine’s serpentine belt can be changed with simple hand tools.
Performance & Handling
Running the MX 175 proved to be a bit of surprise. The rigid hull makes this entry level boat feel much more refined than expected. There is very little noise from water slapping against the hull, and the engine’s vibrations were much less noticeable than most boats of this type. The result was a boat that performed significantly better.We found ourselves motoring about at higher engine speeds because the typical high noise level from a 3.0-liter sterndrive was much less irritating.
We also found good speed from this boat with the basic 3.0-liter 135 horsepower GL Volvo Penta. A top speed of just nearly 45 mph with two people onboard is at the upper range of boats of this size and power. But with the solid hull, we found we could tolerate higher cruise speeds too.
Anyone can pilot this boat. It comes standard with power steering, which is another premium feature uncommon in an entry level sterndrive runabout. Steering is light and the boat performs turns in a predictable and linear manner. New boat owners should easily adapt to this boat and how boats handle with the Glastron MX 175.
We found fit-and-finish throughout the MX 175 to be better than the class average and certainly better than most boats at this price range.
Overall, the MX 175 represents an outstanding value in an entry level boat. It has adequate power, good fuel economy that is associated with its four-cylinder 3.0 liter sterndrive and is easy to pilot. Best of all, it doesn’t look like an entry level boat.
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|Transferable||Yes, with $250 fee|
|Transferable||Yes, with $250 fee|
|Years||2-Year non-structural components|