Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010)
(w/ 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL)


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Glastron released their latest series which starts with the GLS 195. This new series adds more upscale amenities and still keeps the price within reach. The GLS 195 has smart styling in a size that fits the young family looking for more than just an entry level basic bowrider.

I was impressed with the beefy grab rails, stainless drink holders and simulated wood trim accents on a boat this size. When it comes to affordable boats you generally see a lot of plastic and chrome – two materials that aren’t going to last as long as the boat itself. The custom engine vents on this model are heavy-duty, they will surely last as long as the boat and that is usually something that is the first to break!

Key Features

  • Adjustable SuspensionAire bucket seats with flip-up bolsters
  • Aft bench seat/sunlounge
  • AM/FM/CD Sirius satellite-ready stereo with 4 speakers & MP3 adaptor
  • Automatic bilge pump
  • Molded extended swim platform
  • Padded sunlounge
  • Rear bench seat
  • Ski locker with mat & hinged lid
  • Snap-in carpet
  • Stainless steel bow & stern eyes/throttle control plate/courtesy lights/drink holders/ speaker covers/grab handles/pull-up cleats/rubrail insert/stern rails
  • Telescopic 3-step boarding ladder
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Unitized fiberglass floor/deck
  • Walk-thru windshield with full side wings
  • Walk-thru transom with swing-away gate
  • Woodgrain steering wheel

Specifications

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Specifications
Length Overall 19' 4''
5.89 m
Dry Weight 2,915 lbs.
1322 kg
Beam 94''
2.39 m
Tested Weight N/A
Draft 29''
.74 m
Fuel Cap 34 gal.
129 L
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 GLS 195 (2009-2010) Engine options
Std. Power 1 x 135-hp Volvo Penta 3.0 GL
Tested Power 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL
Opt. Power Not Available

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Overhead Photo

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Photo Gallery

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Glastron Luxury Sport

Glastron intends for you to enjoy watersports with the GLS 195.

Dash

The helm is laid out for good visibility and functionality.

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Swim Platform

The swim platform has a concealed three-step telescoping boarding ladder. It is also large enough to relax and dangle your feet in the water when you are at anchor.

Bow Seating

The bow area is a great place for the kids to hang out while the adults chat in the main cockpit at anchor or in the slip.

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Walk-Thru Transom

The walk-through is on the starboard side has a flip up cushion so people can step onboard without getting the cushions wet or dirty.

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010)

The all new GLS 195 measures 19’4” length overall with a beam of 7’10”. Her base weight with a 4.3 L GL Volvo Penta engine is approximately 2915 lbs.

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Captain's Report

Glastron GLS 195

By Capt. Rob Smith

Glastron launched its latest line of new boats with the GLS Series (Glastron Luxury Sport). The GLS 195 is the first of this series designed to include more high-end amenities in an affordable boat.

From the Stern

The GLS 195 has lots of stainless steel including the rub rail insert, and a real heavy duty grab handle that extends from the gunwale down toward the swim platform on either side creating a great place to hang on or pull yourself up from the swim ladder. Bow and stern eyes are also stainless steel, not chrome coated. Small pull up cleats are mounted in the ends of the swim platform to tie off water toys or a raft. The swim platform has a concealed three-step telescoping boarding ladder. It is also large enough to relax and dangle your feet in the water when you are at anchor (with the engine turned off, please!)

From the sunpad, you can sit back, relax and watch the kids at play behind the boat or observe folks shelling on the beaches. The walk-through is on the starboard side has a flip up cushion so people can step onboard without getting the cushions wet or dirty. Lifting the sunpad, my test model had a Volvo Penta 4.3L GL installed. Glastron does offer several optional engines from a 135-hp to a 5.0L 270-hp sterndrive from either Volvo Penta or MerCruiser.

In the Cockpit

The cockpit is laid out well to accommodate her capacity of 9 persons. I measured about 68” of width from gunwale to gunwale and 34” interior freeboard. When I consider that I have tested some much larger runabouts that had 72” across the cockpit and less than 26” freeboard, this is really good!

Glastron intends for you to enjoy watersports with the GLS 195, and that is why it took the time to add reinforcement for an Xtreme wakeboard tower which you can have your dealer install. Seating includes a bench seat across the stern and SuspensionAire adjustable bucket seats for the helm and shotgun Drink holders are peppered about and are stainless steel, not low-grade plastic, so you can count on them lasting and staying in great shape over the years.

The Sirius satellite-ready AM/FM/CD stereo and an auxiliary jack for your MP3 player or iPod are conveniently inside the companion side glove box. I like this location as it keeps the stereo, especially the CD player out of the elements as well as my iPod. As an upgrade, you can opt for a remote at the bow for handling the tunes from a beach or sandbar and at the stern for enjoyment from the water aft. This model has four speakers, all with stainless steel covers standard. Snap-in carpet is often optional, but not in the GLS Series, where it’s standard as is a locker mat in the sole locker to drain and protect your gear when stowed.

I found the helm laid out for good visibility and functionality. The only instrument partially blocked by the custom tilt wheel was the depth gauge. I would swap it with one of the other analog gauges and move it out away from the wheel for better viewing; but depending on the position of the wheel, it may not be covered at all for you. Underway, even without an armrest, I was comfortable just resting my hand and forearm on the throttle/shifter. The primary gauges are 5” gauges mounted high for maximum visibility and there is a spot between the two for a GPS to be mounted if you chose.

The slightly curved windshield is retro-looking and well supported. I tested this by trying to see if it will hold my 235+ lbs dangling across the walk-through, and it didn’t even wiggle.

The bow area is a great place for the kids to hang out while the adults chat in the main cockpit at anchor or in the slip. You can fit one or two adults up there, but at 6’, I was a little cramped when I tried to stretch out. In the side panels were a speaker, drink holders and a beefy grab bar for that extra security you want.

Specifications

The all new GLS 195 measures 19’4” length overall with a beam of 7’10”. Her base weight with a 4.3 L GL Volvo Penta engine is approximately 2915 lbs. With the sterndrive trimmed up, she draws 16” and with it all the way down, it draws 29”. She has a fuel capacity of 34 gallons and 21 degrees of deadrise at the transom.

Test results

When I performed my hole shot tests, I never lost the horizon, except the one time I forgot to trim the outdrive down all the way (oops). When I did some tight or hard-over turns, she stayed pretty flat and remained dug in without cavitation as long as I remembered to trim the outdrive in a bit before the turn, as you are supposed to do. The GLS 195 handled smoothly throughout the test on an inland lake with 3 onboard. She was up on plane in 3.3 seconds and up to 30 mph in 7.3 seconds. At a comfortable cruising speed of 25.6 mph at 3000 rpm, she burns 6.4 gph and can travel 122 miles on a full tank of fuel. I clocked her top speed at 47.8 mph at 4800 rpm.

If you are looking for an entry-level boat and haven’t looked at a Glastron lately, you need to check out Glastron’s GLS Series. The builder offers you a lot of nice features at a good value. They do offer a few options such as an extra stainless steel package, upgrade package with docking lights and more, so you still can customize it the way you want. You can also add canvas packages. The base price starts at $28,300, which includes the Volvo Penta 3.0 GL and a EZ Loader GM 3500S custom trailer.

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 14.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 56.4 liters per hour (lph).

  • Best cruise for the Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) is 25.6 mph (41.2 kph), and the boat gets 4.00 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.7 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 122 miles (196.34 kilometers).

  • Tested power is 1 x 190-hp Volvo Penta 4.3GL.
For complete test results including fuel consumption, range and sound levels
go to our Test Results section.


Standard and Optional Equipment

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Standard and Optional Equipment
Systems
CD Stereo Standard
Power Steering Standard
Trailer Standard
Exterior Features
Carpet: Cockpit 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 GLS 195 (2009-2010) Warranty

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) 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/us/warranty.html
Deck Warranty
Link http://www.glastron.com/us/warranty.html
Engine Warranty
Years 2 year
Gelcoat Warranty
Link http://www.glastron.com/us/warranty.html
Blistering Warranty
Link http://www.glastron.com/us/warranty.html
Accessories Warranty
Years 2-Year non-structural components
Transferable Yes
Link http://www.glastron.com/us/warranty.html
Certifications
NMMA Certification Yes
Other Certification USCG

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Price

Glastron GLS 195 (2009-2010) Price
Pricing Range $28,300.00
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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