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The sportier version of Glastron’s 22’ (7.6m) bowrider, the GTS225 features an upgraded graphics package and vinyl treatment in the cockpit. Like other current offerings from Glastron, she features retro styling, including a roadster-style windshield and throwback gauges that look like they belong in a 1970s musclecar. Wraparound cockpit seating can accommodate at least four people comfortably, and there’s space for more passengers in the open bow. She comes with a matched tandem-axle trailer.
- SSV hull
- Glastron custom trailer
- GTS cockpit interior
- GTS gel and graphics
- Unique windshield design
- Swim platform mat
- Sundeck with lounge seating
- U-shaped bench seat
- Glastron custom gauges
- Unique pull-knob switches
|- Draft Up
|- Draft Down
|- Air Draft
|Length on Trailer
|| 1,095 lbs 497 kg
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.
Our test boat measures 22’ (7.6m) long with an 8’4” (2.5m) beam. The GTS package includes upgraded graphics and interior upholstery treatments.The GTS 225 has full cockpit seating and an adult-sized sunlounge atop the engine hatch.
1 x 300-hp 6.2 L Mercury Bravo 3
8 MerCruiser engines from 220-hp to 300-hp
8 Volvo Penta engines from 240-hp to 300-hp
Power and Performance
Glastron offers the GTS225 with stern drive packages from Volvo Penta and MerCruiser ranging from 240-hp up to 300-hp with either single propellers or twin counter-rotating stainless steel wheels. The 240-hp engines are V-6s while the largest offering is a 6.2-liter (377-cid) V-8.MerCruiser’s 300-hp 6.2L is the largest output offered in the GTS225.
We tested the GTS225 with a 300-hp MerCruiser 6.2L Bravo Three turning counter-rotating 24” stainless-steel Bravo Three props through a 2:1 reduction. Estimated test weight with three people on board was 5,119 lbs. The V bottom with 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom hit a top speed of 48.6 mph at 5410 rpm. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where we ran 26.7 mph (23.2 knots) and burned 6.7 gph (25.2 lph) for a range of 144 statute miles (125 nautical miles). With the twin propellers biting hard, the boat was quick out of the hole, planing in 3.6 seconds and running to 20 mph (17.4 knots) in 4.5 seconds and to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 6.4 seconds.Glastrons are known for getting the most out of a propulsion package, and the 225GTS was no exception, hitting 48.6 mph and planing in just 3.6 seconds.
Ride and Handling.
We tested the 225GTS on a small lake in calm conditions, and she demonstrated her agility in S-style and circle turns, transitioning from one maneuver to the next with ease and tracking well through arcs. Her V-bottom design has a sharp entry up front that carved through our photo boat’s wakes. The second propeller made the 225GTS responsive during slow-speed maneuvers as well, making it easy to pull the boat into a slip or onto her custom matched trailer. The 225GTS had an agile feel, and we can see the boat getting called on for towing a variety of watersports.
Because it has such a classic performance look, let’s start at the GTS225s helm. The yellow-faced classic-style gauges are in tube-style extended bezels that have small drain holes in the bottom, so water won’t build up. The dash is shaded by a darkly colored upholstered eyebrow that follows the contours of the instruments. The accessory switches are also classic. They’re push-pull style and their finish shows quality attention to details. For storage, there’s an expandable map pocket alongside the driver’s right foot. The driver and companion travel in bucket seats that have flip-up bolsters and adjust and swivel.The dash panel has a musclecar look, and the depthsounder to the far right is an option.The push-pull-style accessory switches continue the classic hot-rod look.Outboard of the driver’s angled footrest, this expandable pocket offers small-item storage.Note the raised forward section of the driver’s bucket seat that provides good support for legs and plants the captain back in the seat.This cutout in the wraparound section of the seat’s backrest is designed so that the driver can turn around quickly if he needs to check for upcoming traffic or talk to a passenger.
Ahead of the port bucket seat there is a glovebox in the port console. This is a feature that many boaters don’t realize the value of until they are on a boat without one. A glove box, especially one that locks, is the perfect place to keep vessel documents, car keys, a wallet, and other items. On the 225GTS, Glastron lines the glovebox bottom with a soft rubber mat, and inside, we found a remote for the stereo plus a 12-volt power plug and USB and auxiliary inputs.The glovebox is a handy feature perfect for keys, wallet, sunglasses, sunscreen, and other small items.The opened glovebox with a remote for the stereo as well as a 12-V, USB, and auxiliary input.
Abaft the forward bucket seats, the GTS225’s cockpit has a U-shaped seat that provides more capacity than a traditional bench. Outboard on each side, there are two cup holders and the stereo speakers. The starboard cushions on the bench seat and the sunlounge lift up to create a passageway to the stern. Additionally, the cushion on the sunpad has a support that can be folded down to create and angled-chaise-style lounge across the stern. Additionally, the center section of the sunpad can be raised to provide a backrest for someone who wants to sit facing aft with his or her feet resting on the swim platform.The forward sections of the bench seat add more passenger capacity to the GTS225’s cockpit.The materials treatment in the gunwale trays give the GTS225 a modern, sporty feel.
The optional table turns the cockpit into a comfortable spot for lunch.Here we see the forward lower section of the passageway to the stern with the starboard bench-seat cushions removed.The starboard cushion on the sunlounge is hinged, and it folds up to continue the passageway to the swim platform.This hinged support folds out from under the starboard cushion on the sunlounge.The support holds up the backrest at an angle so a sunbather can recline.Lift up on the forward half of the center cushion on the sunlounge, and the gray support in this photo locks into place to create an aft-facing seat.
In addition to providing more seating space, the horseshoe-shaped aft bench has extra storage space in the base. The cushions to port and across the rear are removable, while the hard hatch that makes up the lower half of the stern passageway is hinged. Between the driver’s and companion’s buckets, the ski locker hatch lifts up and leans against the port seat. At 7’7” (2.3m) long by 1’3” (.38m) deep by 1’2” (.36m) wide, the compartment is plenty big.A smart move on a boat that runs 50-mph plus, the seat bottom cushions lock in place with steel rods that plug into these sockets.The ski locker hatch is hinged and ventilated, but we’d like to see it supported by a gas strut when open, so it doesn’t unexpectedly slam shut when a person is trying to retrieve gear from the compartment.
The GTS225 comes standard with a molded-in swim platform, and our test model had the optional extended platform with the soft mat on the walking surface. There’s a three-step ladder in its own locker aft to starboard. The fuel fill is to port, and the remote control for the stereo is to starboard ahead of the ladder. The extended swim platform measures 7’8” (2.3m) across and 3’3” (.99m) from the trailing edge to the transom. Having the fuel fill in the transom concerns us because gasoline that kicks back during fill-up will be absorbed by the soft mat on the walking surface.The three-step ladder is in its own locker to starboard.
Moving to the GTS225’s bow, there are angled backrests on the front of the consoles and bolster padding that wraps around, so passengers can sit facing aft as well. Filler cushions are an available option. There is a cup holder in the gunwale cutout on each side plus two more forward. All the bottom cushions are removable, and there’s carpeted storage beneath each of them. There’s also an anchor locker in the foredeck.The GTS225’s bow has wraparound bolster padding, giving passengers a variety of seating options.Bow cushions are removable, which actually makes it easier to retrieve locker contents.The anchor locker hatch is a cable that keeps it from falling over against the deck.
• $49,587 with MerCruiser 4.5L 250 EC Alpha
• $49,313 with MerCruiser 4.5L 250 EC Bravo III
• $52,413 with MerCruiser 6.2L 300 EC Bravo III
• $47,487 with Volvo Penta V6 240 C DI / SX
• $50,020 with Volvo Penta V6 280C DI / SX
• $54,320 with Volvo Penta V8 300C DI / DP
Available Color Schemes (no extra charge)
• Phantom Grey/Vivid Green (shown in these test photos)
• Phantom Grey/Crimson Red
• Phantom Grey/Orange
Available Options and Price
• XL Package includes Convenience Package (see below), Flip-Up bucket seats, Custom Snap-in carpet, Stainless steel drink holders, speaker covers and grab handles, six stainless steel pull-up cleats, and a stainless steel bow scuff plate. $1,400
• Convenience Package includes hour meter and depthsounder with temperature $367
• Cockpit table $293
• Flip-up bucket seats (2) $280
• Docking lights $167
• Cockpit carpet (tundra) $513
• Stereo upgrade (swim remote and subwoofer) $440
• Extended swim platform with mat $1,067
• Transom shower $420
• Folding wakeboard tower $2,660
• Underwater lights $507
• Bimini top with boot for wakeboard tower $840
• Care cover (black) $900
• Color-coordinated Bimini top with boot $913
• Color-coordinated bow cover $260
• Color-coordinated cockpit cover $620
• Galvanized trailer with Gatorhyde coating $887
• Spare trailer tire with mount $287
• Aluminum wheels $587
The optional tower provides a higher attachment point for towing watersports.After loosening a couple of thumbscrews, the tower can be lowered and our test captain shows how easily it can be held down. We measured bridge clearance at 6’7” (2.0m) with the tower up and 5’ (1.5m) even with it down.The GTS225 comes standard with a painted steel tandem-axle trailer fit to the boat.
Her aggressive, classic-styling should help the Glastron 225GTS appeal to the younger, more active crowd. The classic reverse-spear in the gelcoat will bring a smile to the faces of boaters who recall the early days of Glastron.With V-8 power pushing her past 50 mph, she has the performance to back up the aggressive looks. To improve holeshot for watersports, owners will want to order the GTS225 with either a MerCruiser Bravo Three or Volvo Penta twin-prop drive, which would also make the boat easier to maneuver around the docks.On the trailer, she’ll tip the scales at about 4,500 lbs. (2,041.2 kg) dry, so a variety of vehicles can tow her to the ramp.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Glastron GTS 225 (2017-) is 48.6 mph (78.2 kph), burning 22.80 gallons per hour (gph) or 86.3 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Glastron GTS 225 (2017-) is 32.2 mph (51.8 kph), and the boat gets 3.72 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.58 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 134 miles (215.65 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 300-hp 6.2 L Mercury Bravo 3.
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!
Pricing Range: $49,587.00 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.