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 look into the mix making what is sure to be one of the most noticed designs at the marina.
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 Deep Navy.
A boater can choose from an interior of Saddle, Cashmere, Black and White, or Savanah Sand for the GT 225.
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.
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.
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.
What’s the Difference Between the Two?
So if Glastron makes two different versions of the 225, that leaves a fundamental question. What’s the difference between the two? 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 MerCruiser 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 225.
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.
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 and the setting is complete for entertaining and having docktails with the friends.
Behind the consoles are bucket seats that swivel and slide. A filler cushion 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.
While the two models have the standard tow ring at the transom, Glastron also offers a watersports tower that has hinges for easy storage in the garage or a shallow rack room. Both of these models have a Bimini top available as an option.
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 two 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.
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. A transom shower 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 for making the entry to a hot deck that much more comfortable.
Pricing And Power Options
As we post this report Glastron has not yet released its pricing for 2015 models. However, we suspect that pricing will be in the $50k to $60k ballpark.
Glastron will offer engine options from both Volvo Penta and MerCruiser ranging from 220-hp to 320-hp. 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 should be figured in the horsepower calculus.
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 should 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 and the same model with a color matched Bimini top. The XL Package 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 we wouldn’t want to live without. If boating at night, docking lights should be added on. The transom shower is always a welcome addition. All of these apply to the two models with the exception of the XL package.And if we wanted to go all out, we’d also add underwater lights and the Quick and Quiet thru-hull exhaust.
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, we think the 225 is much more than eye candy. With amenities such as the tandem-axle trailer and the Sony stereo, the new GT Series is practical as well.
Standard and Optional Features
|Carpet: Cockpit||Optional Snap-in|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!