Deck the Halls
It’s hard not to like the layout of any deckboat. Their roominess -- particularly in the bow -- is welcomed by most everyone. Their wide bows and low profile mean that they should be more stable at anchor and more friendly to swimming. On the other hand you give up just a little of the aggressive sportboat handling. The good news is that when you load up the boat, your guests aren’t looking for aggressive handling anyway, so it’s a fair tradeoff.
The first thing that tells us that this is a deckboat is that massive bow area. Typically, we see that this is where the adults hang out and have their drinks and hors d'oeuvres, while the kids are going nuts off the stern.
The DX 215 DB is a dual console deckboat. Here is a love/hate relationship if we ever saw one, as some prefer a single console that can add another 3 people to the capacity. For the rest of us who like having two people facing forward for a second set of eyes watching the water, the dual console is preferable. The walkthrough windshield is large enough not to block visibility from the frame, and the stainless supports are strong enough to hold my weight (180 lbs). That portside console nearly always holds the head, but not so in the DX 215 DB. In this case, there is a convenient storage area that shouts out for towels, tote bags, and other daytime fun gear. The bottom holds a wastebasket. The head is in the starboard console and it was surprisingly well outfitted. Again, departing from the norm, Glastron added a fair amount of wood into this compartment, and even padded all the bulkheads. It’s roomy enough to double as a changing room, and the Porta-Potti is standard. Padding, wood, potti standard-- all of this is very, very unusual in a low price-point boat. Kudos to Glastron which is obviously trying very hard to please.
Glastron also gets high marks for their bucket seats. No plastic fantastic seats here, these are SuspensionAire, fully adjustable bucket seats with flip-up bolsters. They are open in the back which does a good job of keeping you cool on those hot days.
The Faria gauges are mounted into a faux wood panel that does a pretty good job of masquerading as real wood without the maintenance. The panel wraps around to the side, rocker switches are to the right of the wood wheel. Tilt steering is standard. As good looking as this panel is, Glastron added a sunshade onto the top that looks like it was an afterthought and doesn’t add to the appearance, in my opinion. I was pleased to see that the depth gauge and engine hour meter were listed as standard.
The legroom under both consoles is nothing short of outstanding. Even with the seats slid fully forward, you can stretch out your legs.
Looks are deceiving in the cockpit area. At first glance it seemed as though the cockpit would be a bit cramped, but I found it to be intimate. When the film crew was sitting discussing shots, I noticed that we were all within good hearing distance without knocking knees and bumping into each other.
Under the aft seat is a cooler on a pull out tray with stainless steel rails. Two steps up and you’re at the sun pad and walkthrough to the swim platform. I liked two things about the swim platform. It extends well beyond the outdrive, so you don’t have to worry about hitting a prop on the way down, and the reboarding ladder is mounted at the corner, again out of the way of the drive and well within sight of the helm -- and it has four steps.
With an MSRP of $39,488 with a 5.0L GXiC Volvo Penta sterndrive and an EZ Loader GM5200T trailer, the Glastron DX 215 DB looks like a very good value to us. When comparing boats in this price range be sure to note the items mentioned in this report. I think Glastron has done a good job doing the important things right on this boat and giving good value for the dollar. Remember, this is a watersports platform, so if you have a young and growing family it should serve your needs for many years to come. Don't wait too long to get her -- kids grow up quickly.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Glastron DX 215 DB (2011-) is 47.8 mph (76.9 kph), burning 19.7 gallons per hour (gph) or 74.56 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Glastron DX 215 DB (2011-) is 29.8 mph (48 kph), and the boat gets 3.55 miles per gallon (mpg) or 1.51 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 179 miles (288.07 kilometers).
- Tested power is 1 x 270-hp Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi.
Standard and Optional Features
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!