The deckboat is a relatively
new specie of
sportboat and we think that Glastron has just given the type a nice
evolution in the right direction. Its designers have recently applied some outside
the box thinking and created a deckboat that answers the practical needs of a family
watersports platform – privacy and ease of transom egress. This boat has the largest
changing room/head we’ve ever seen on a 21-footer. Now the kids and Mom will have
a comfortable and private space in which to change. We think this boat has some
of the more important advantages of a cuddy with all of the advantages of a bowrider.
It’s nice to see things get shaken up now and then, and more often than not, new
ideas become the norm.
The DX 215 is well balanced with room for four people in the bow and four in
the cockpit. It also has the largest head we’ve seen on a 21-footer.
Everyone Move Forward Please…
If you take a close look at the layout of Glastron’s DX 215 you’ll notice that this
boat is different. (Hurray!) The windshield and dual consoles are moved slightly aft giving it much more gathering and entertaining room in the bow than is typical,
while at the same time it also gives the boat a racier profile.
Viva La Difference!!!
A smart looking panel with full instrumentation. Notice the blower switch right
next to the ignition where it belongs. Hard to forget running that before starting.
We like the glare shield just above the gauges. The helm seat is an adjustable SuspensionAire
bucket seat with flip-up bolster as standard.
We like the balanced distribution of seating on the DX 215 which is roughly equally
divided between the bow and the cockpit. Have it your way – 4 and 4, 3 and 3, or
2 and 2. But when it comes to lunch when you’re on the hook, that will be in the
bow, the optional pedestal table goes there. So often when a boat is underway, people
sit in the bow to feel the wind and experience the speed better. Typically, only
two people get to enjoy the ride from there and the rest have to watch the show
from out of the sides. With this boat, as many as four people can be up forward
and the excitement gets spread around.
Check out the optional extended swim platform. That keeps your swimmers well
clear of the outdrive when jumping in. Notice the aft cleats are up high and out
of the way of bare feet. You can see the concealed ladders both fore and aft, and
both are standard.
On the Hook
Okay, so underway, the new layout has merit. Now let’s stop the boat and drop the
hook. Where is the crowd on your boat? In the bow? The stern? Both places? It doesn’t
make any difference because you have plenty of room both bow and stern on this watersports
platform. And with the DX 215, when nature calls, you’ll be happy to find an incredibly
large head. It also makes a great changing room and we guarantee that this space
will get well used.
This is one of the largest head/changing room we’ve ever seen on a 21’ boat.
The Porta-Potti is optional.
Just a Few Options
If you like the forward thinking of the layout, there’s more good news. Glastron
put almost all their options into the standard basket, and nothing on the options
list that doesn’t belong there, with two exceptions… the bow table is one. It’s
still a deckboat and we’ve yet to see one get utilized without a table, so we’d
like to see that slide over to the standard side too.
The optional swim platform is another “must” in our opinion, even if you are not
going to swim from the boat or get involved with towing sports. It’s big enough to use for sun bathing, dangling your legs in the water at sundown while you’re
having a cold one with your good bud, or a place where you can send little Johnny
to fish while you’re at anchor. For $100 you can get a Porta-Potti at West Marine.
Standards on the DX 215 include EZ Loader trailer, SuspensionAire bucket seats with flip-up bolster, bow filler cushion, docking lights, concealed ladders both fore
and aft, a woodgrain steering wheel, snap-in carpet, bimini top and courtesy lights -- many of these items are typically found on the options list on other boats. Kudos
to Glastron on that score.
Engines are another matter, and with so many choices, there needs to be options
here. Standard power is 220-hp in either Merc or Volvo Penta. Choose what you prefer,
and/or what you can get serviced locally. Take a look at our tests of other sportboats
and check out their performance with different engines. Engine options can take
you up to 300-hp with dual props and be expensive, so you need to get it right.
The best way to do that is to schedule your own DX 215 test ride with your local
Glastron dealer. Tell him how you are going to use the boat and how many people
will be aboard. He’ll be happy to guide you to the right engine package.
Glastron’s “real deal” pricing for this boat package is $35,454 with the 220-hp
5.0 GL Volvo Penta, and custom matched EZ-Loader trailer.
To sign up for that test drive…