|Max Headroom||open||Bridge Clearance||
1.9 m (with arch)
|Std. Power||Not Available|
|Tested Power||Currently no test numbers|
Various MerCruiser engine options from 220-hp to 320-hp
Various Volvo Penta engine options from 225-hp to 320-hp
The GT 225 brings back some of the retro design schemes that were popular back in the day. Here we can see the classic swooping hull/deck bond line and the return of the Glastron “reverse spear” gel scheme.
The mission of the Glastron 225 is to offer a sportboat, replete with all the amenities necessary to compete in the current market segment, while at the same time adding a retro sportscar savvy into the mix making what is sure to be one of the most noticed designs at the marina.
Seen in black, the GT 225 sets a sporty tone, and we can see how the interior is color-matched to the exterior.
• Hull Colors Are Offered As Standard. It’s a little surprising that virtually all builders seem comfortable charging for a hull color other than white. Not so with Glastron, as the GT Series is offered in no fewer than four different colors, none of them plain white. Pick from white and Sunburst Orange, white and Laser Red, white and Jet Black or white and Royal Blue.
• Standard Two-Tone Deck. Whatever color is selected for the hull, will be matched for the deck, along with white, to blend the whole boat together in the same color and style. This is a feature that is rarely seen, and it looks great on the GT.
• Retro Windshield. Another feature that defines the GT Series is the low-profile windshield. Glastron calls it a “roadster” style and it has an all-aluminum frame and glass wings to deflect wind and spray.
• Reverse Spear. The custom colored hull is formed in the instantly recognizable “reverse spear” design that has long been the defining style trait of the brand.
• Standard Tandem Axle Trailer. We’d expect to see a trailer included with the package on a boat in this size range, but not a tandem axle as we see here. It also includes disc brakes.
• Propulsion Choices. Glastron offers power choices from either MerCruiser or Volvo Penta in power ranging from 220-hp to 320-hp along with a choice of outdrives.
• Push-pull Type Switches. Here’s something we haven’t seen since the ‘60s, pull switches instead of rockers or toggles.
• Roadster Style Gauges. A throwback to the ‘50s, these gauges have the look and feel of a classic ‘vette with metal collars that project out from the bottom. But unlike the Corvettes, these waterborne units have drain holes in the bottom of the collars.
• SSV Hull. The Super Stable Vee hull was developed and patented by Glastron in 1976. It has the characteristic of bringing together the stability and quick-planing characteristics of a tri-hull with the smooth ride of a deep-V hull. While we haven’t tested these GT models, the hull is widely known for being quite efficient and is the main reason that Glastron boats run so fast and plane so quickly. Naturally, the SSV hull has undergone minor modifications through the years, but it remains among the most recognized, most awarded and most copied runabout hull in the marine industry.
What’s the Difference Between the Three?
So if Glastron makes three different versions of the 225, that leaves a fundamental question. What’s the difference between the three? Well, the hulls are the same, the running surfaces are unchanged, but it’s the gel schemes and the interiors where the differences largely lie. Let’s take a look.
The GT starts the lineup and it’s well equipped but a lot is available as options. This will provide a sporty, good-looking boat with everything needed and most of what is not is left off. The standard engine is a 220-hp 4.3L MPI turning an Alpha outdrive. Options can be ordered with the boat but at some point, the options list will grow to the point where the likely choice would be to upgrade to the GTS.
The GT version of the 225 is seen here with the optional watersports tower ($2,660).
Here we have a sportier version of the 225. Subtle changes start to manifest themselves, such as the rub rail. Gone is the rigid white vinyl rail with the chrome insert and it is replaced with a black plastic version with chrome. The 220-hp standard engine is now upgraded to a 270-hp Volvo Penta V8-270 with an SX outdrive. The gel scheme also changes to one with a bit more flair and panache.
The GTS gets a racier and sportier look due to her gel scheme along with some subtleties to the interior that make a higher grade sportboat.
The swim platform gets an upgrade to the soft-touch non-skid mat with a Glastron logo embossed in the center. Drink holders are stainless steel and notice the pull-up cleats.
The panel gets a bit of a facelift as we progress from the GT (left) to the GTS (right). Notice how there are drain holes in the bottom of the collars around the gauges.
The helm console has a sportier look to it in the GTS version, and notice the custom embroidery in the snap-in carpet. It’s also hard not to appreciate the pull knobs, something not seen since the ‘60s.
The bucket seats now take on flip-up bolsters. One of the courtesy lights can be seen below the seat cushion behind the helm seat. The red boarder of the carpet matches the interior color scheme.
Now the level of sportiness has been replaced with a distinct level of luxury. Fabrics take on a unique chain-weave pattern for the seats and sidewalls. Synthetic grab handles give way to stainless steel. Snap-in carpet becomes standard. Another upgrade to the gel scheme has taken place. A bow scuff plate has been added. The interior is now offered in the additional choices of saddle or cashmere colors.
The GTL is a more refined and luxurious version of the 225.
As we tour the series of 225s it quickly becomes evident that the best way to do so is by function. We’ll start with the seating.
We always like when builders break with tradition and move past the typical bench seat and go with the more functional U-shaped seating across the stern. It increases the functionality to the area exponentially. Now add an optional table ($289) and the setting is complete for entertaining and having docktails with the friends.
The seating layout of the GT 225 shows how the U-shaped seats provide a little more room than the traditional bench seat across the stern.
Naturally there’s storage under each of the seats. The starboard seat also has a hinged hatch leading to the storage so that this side can serve double duty as a walkthrough to the swim platform.
The aft sun pad also has its share of cleverness. It not only serves as a sun pad but also converts to an aft-facing seat as well as a side-facing chaise lounge. (GTS model shown).
Behind the consoles are bucket seats that swivel and slide. The ones on the GTL, which is the luxury version, will also include flip-up bolsters. Fully forward is the typical V-seating with storage underneath. A filler cushion ($287) will turn the area into a second sun pad.
With the convertible sun pad and the multitude of seating available, the 225 really lends itself to long days on the hook, or even drifting down a lazy river with friends. Anchoring is made easy thanks to the separate anchor locker at the bow. And of course with a boat this size it’s a sure thing that she’ll be pulled up to a remote beach for some private swim time, or even onto the popular beaches with everyone else.
The aft sun pad lifts to form a walkthrough to the cockpit. Under the cushion is a support for the conversion to a chaise lounge.
An anchor locker at the bow keeps the storage under the seats open for other items. The hatch has the simple lift and lock type of latch.
While all three models have the standard tow ring at the transom, Glastron also offers a watersports tower ($2,660) that has hinges for easy storage in the garage or a shallow rack room. A model with a Bimini top ($3,587) is also available.
The ski locker is plenty deep enough to hold all the necessary gear, in addition to being ventilated to help keep mold and mildew off the expensive boards.
Integral Swim Platform
The 225's integral swim platform is a good size for serving as a staging area for watersports and as a great spot to relax with the feet in the water. There are three styles, one for each of the separate models. The GT swim platform is the usual with a non-skid surface. The GTS uses a non-skid mat with a logo embossed in it. The GTL utilizes a soft-step mat.
The GT swim platform with the non-skid surface. This model also has the optional watersports tower ($2,660).
The GTS utilizes the non-skid mat with a logo embossed in the center.
The GTL utilizes the soft-touch non-skid mat.
It’s hard not to look at the 225 and see the possibilities of how well she can entertain her guests. Because sportboats are often used for “coving” we would definitely add the optional cockpit table ($289). A transom shower ($367) would provide a nice way to clean off either the salt water, or the sand from the beach before stepping onto the deck. Speaking of which, why not consider the snap-in carpet ($293) for making the entry to a hot deck that much more comfortable.
Pricing And Power Options
Depending on which model is chosen and which engine will power that choice, prices of the 225 can vary between $39,800 and $53,867. Adding options will boost those prices even further.
When considering which power option to choose from, savvy buyers will consider items well beyond which price point to stick with. Items such as the typical number of people aboard and the demands of the activities the boat will be used for.
The sporty set will want top end speed, since towing requires a low-end torque and the luxury conscious will probably not be worried about speed but will have a lot of friends onboard and will therefore need power just for getting on plane. For a young family only interested in cruising and tubing, the standard power will likely suffice. Larger engines will also carry a higher re-sale price however.
Other Notable Options
Options are available for each of the three models, and there are definitely some that we’d consider on any of the three that we would purchase.
To begin, there’s the watersports tower that is available for all three models. It’s hinged for easy storage, and there are two versions, the basic ($2,660) and the same model with a color matched Bimini top ($3,587). The XL Package ($1,300) includes a bow scuff plate, an hour meter, depth gauge, dual flip-up bucket seats, 5 pull up cleats, snap-in carpet, stainless drink holders, stainless grab handles, and stainless speaker covers. The pedestal table ($289) we wouldn’t want to live without. If boating at night, docking lights ($180) should be added on. The transom shower ($367) is always a welcome addition. All of these apply to all three models with the exception of the XL package.
As for the GTL, most of what we discussed comes standard. But if we’re going all out on getting this model we’d also add underwater lights ($613) and the Quick and Quiet thru-hull exhaust ($3,267).
Non-structural parts and components have a 2-year warranty and the hull and deck have a 5-year warranty. There are a number of exclusions so the warranty should be read carefully, although most exclusions seem fairly standard.
With such a popular class of boat, one needs to set the brand apart from the others to compete, and the GT Series does exactly that. However, the 225 is much more than eye candy. That in and of itself is peace of mind that adds to the joy of owning such a classic piece of fun.
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