Glastron GT 185 (2007-)
(w/ 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL)


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New from Glastron is the GT series that includes the GT 185. This is a step up from an entry level boat and benefits from Glastron’s years of experience in building sporty runabouts. The fit and features are more inline with premium bowriders, but priced to be more affordable with a high level of standard features.

Key Features

  • Adjustable deluxe bucket seats
  • AM/FM/CD stereo with 2 speakers and MP3 adaptor
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Bow seats with concealed storage
  • Extended swim platform
  • Glovebox
  • Integrated bow steps with removable cushion
  • Padded sunlounge
  • Passenger grab handles
  • Rear bench seating with concealed storage
  • Ski locker with mat and hinged lid
  • Ski tow ring
  • Stainless steel telescopic 3-step boarding ladder
  • Stainless steel bow eye & stern eyes
  • Unitized fiberglass deck/floor
  • Walk-thru curved windshield
  • Woodgrain steering wheel

Specifications

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Specifications
Length Overall 17' 1'' Dry Weight 2,315 lbs.
Beam 88'' Tested Weight N/A
Draft 31'' Fuel Cap 23 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 GT 185 (2007-) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0 GL
Tested Power 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL
Opt. Power Not Available

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Photo Gallery

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Retro Style

Glastron officials also incorporated a bit of a nostalgic look into the GT series with special graphics.

Helm Features

The helm is attractively laid out with easy-to-see gauges. An AM/FM/CD radio is mounted safely within a roomy dash compartment.

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Great Sunpad

At the stern is a large sunpad that is not just a flat piece of vinyl-covered foam. The sunpad forms a design element of the GT 185 and adds to the sleek look of this boat.

Bow Seating

Underneath the padded seats at the bow are fully lined and drained storage compartments.

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Captain's Report

High Style Meets Affordability

By Captain Keith Burton

For more than 50 years Glastron has been building sporty and popular bowriders that have often been the envy of the boat building industry. That experience is reflected in a new series of boats that come in at the mid-level price range, but feature amenities that are often more associated with premium runabouts. The GT 185 is a good example of this series in an 18-foot model.

Retro Style

Glastron officials also incorporated a bit of a nostalgic look into the GT series with special graphics,especially at the stern where the sunpad vinyl carries a rolled and tucked look that was once part of Glastron’s sportboats years ago, but with a new, updated appearance.

Sitting in the water, the Glastron GT 185 is attractively sleek with graceful lines that make this boat appear to be moving even at the dock. It is both sporty and modern, but there is a classic sense to the proportions that make this boat look like it should cost more than it does. This design should appeal to folks looking for a boat that others will admire.

Bow Features

At the bow, there is a slight dip in the forward gunnel that allowed a small step to be included to help when boarding while the boat is beached. It is a nice touch and even adds to the style of the boat.

Anyone that has ever owned a boat with glued carpeting will appreciate the fully fiberglass floor of the GT 185. Snap-in carpeting is available as part of an optional XL package. Underneath the padded seats at the bow are fully lined and drained storage compartments, which are another feature more associated with premium boats.



At the Controls

Mid deck, the captain’s and main passenger benefit from comfortable bucket seats that rotate and move forward and aft. The helm is attractively laid out with easy-to-see gauges. An AM/FM/CD radio is mounted safely within a roomy dash compartment, which we wish had a lock.

At the deck in the traditional manner, is a large locker with plenty of room for skies and wakeboards.

Aft seating is a large bench seat with drinkholders at either end. Beneath the seat are three storage compartments that are open toward the bow for more storage. The seat does not lift and the storage compartments allow you to see what it there, but it also helps in helping whatever is stored to air dry.

At the stern is a large sunpad that is not just a flat piece of vinyl-covered foam. As we mentioned earlier, the sunpad forms a design element of the GT 185 and adds to the sleek look of this boat.

Engine access is through a large hatch underneath the sunpad and behind the rear seats. The hatch lifts fairly easily with the help of two small hydraulic pistons. Servicing the GT 185’s engine is snap as there is a huge amount of room around the engine, room to store additional equipment.

At the stern is a full-width extended swim platform complete with a three-step ladder and nearby grab bar.

Performance & Handling

Over the water the Glastron GT 185 is a smooth operator. She reached cruised at 17.4 mph turning 2500 rpm for a range of 131 miles. The solid hull does its thing snuffing out waves and wakes. Steering is smooth and light with the standard power steering. Turn-in for fast maneuvering is precise and predictable. In a few words, the GT 185 handles well and anyone with any time in this boat will feel confident within a short while at the helm.

That confidence is also part of what makes this boat feel more upscale than it should. There is a real defined sense of thought that is evident in how this boat performs. While certainly this is a subjective issue, it is what makes this mid-level boat worth the money you paid for it and more.

The standard power is either a 135 horsepower 3.0-liter MerCruiser or 3.0-liter GL Volvo Penta. Optional power is a 4.3-liter 190 horsepower V6 from Volvo or MerCruiser.

Overall, the Glastron GT 185 represents a great value in a mid-level boat. You get terrific engineering and design in a package that both looks good and should last for years of frequent use. It also performs with ease on the water, even without the biggest horsepower engines.

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Glastron GT 185 (2007-) is 44.3 mph (71.3 kph), burning 11.5 gallons per hour (gph) or 43.53 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Glastron GT 185 (2007-) is 17.4 mph (28 kph), and the boat gets 6.31 miles per gallon (mpg) or 2.68 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 131 miles (210.82 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0GL.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit Optional
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Tower: Watersports Optional
Canvas
Bimini Top Optional
Cockpit Cover Optional
Full Canvas Optional

Standard = Standard Optional = Optional

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Warranty

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) 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 GT 185 (2007-) Price

Glastron GT 185 (2007-) Price
Pricing Range $20,924.00
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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