The mission of the Glastron GT 205 is to provide a sporty bowrider that can compete in the market segment by not only being well-built and feature-rich, but also by adding a retro sports car-savvy look into the mix, making what is sure to be among the most eye-catching boats on the water. By making the GT 205 available in three different models for three different applications, this one basic design can appeal to a large segment of sportboat buyers in its size range.
Undoubtedly the most important of all her features is her styling. It makes the statement that this boat is unmistakably a Glastron. First, is her "reverse spear" graphic pattern on her hull sides. Second is her retro, late 1950s look with her slightly curved windshield and her apparent tail fins sweeping up from her hull sides. Some have said she reminds them of a 1960s Corvette because of her interior details, others point to the fins which were exhibited on many of Detroit's brands during a 4 to 5 year era.
Hull Colors Are Offered As Standard.
Most 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.
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 we think that it looks great on the GT 205.
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 Custom Matched Trailer.
As expected, a trailer with brakes is standard on this boat. A tandem axle trailer is offered as an option.
Glastron offers power choices from either Mercury or Volvo Penta in power ranging from 220-hp to 300-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.
The "Super Stable Vee" (SSV) 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, we have tested other Glastron's with the SSV hull shape and can report that they are quick to get on plane with a minimum of bow rise.
Differences Between the Three Models
With so many versions of the 205 to choose from, how does one decide? Well, quite easily. The hulls are the same, the running surfaces are all identical, but the differences lie in the gel scheme, and of course, the functionality. Let’s take a look--
The GT version is designed for its affordability. Think of her as the basic 205 upon which the GTS and the GTSF are built with additional amenities and equipment. She’s a sporty-looking boat in her own right as she has everything needed in a bowrider. She comes with the lowest horsepower engine Glastron offers in this series.
There are 14 power options
for the GT 205 ranging from 220-hp to 300-hp. Engines are supplied by both Mercury and Volvo Penta.
Here the sporty side (S) is taken up a notch with upgraded graphics on the GTS 205 both outside and inside. Base engine is still the same, but options can bring the power level up to 300-hp with the engine supplied from either MerCruiser or Volvo Penta.
The GTSF 205 brings fishing features to the game. SF stands for Ski-and-Fish and it allows the GTSF 205 to seamlessly transition from a Saturday family ski boat to a Sunday family fish boat. She comes complete with an aerated livewell, trolling motor mount, reversible bow seats/fishing deck, casting seats, a bow casting platform, rod storage, rod holders and the ski/fish two tone deck and hull scheme. All that needs to be added is the fishfinder of choice and the desired trolling motor.
Boats in this size and class are excellent for their ability to instantly revert from casual cruising to towing the kids on various water toys. The entire 205 line comes with a standard ski tow eye at the stern, but all will also accommodate an optional watersports tower. This not only adds a rakish look to the already sporty profile, but also creates a higher tow point for wakeboarders and the entire tower is hinged to keep the profile of the 205 low enough to still fit in a garage or a shallow rack at the marina. A second version is available that includes a color matched Bimini top.
"Air Draft" Can Be Important
Glastron is well aware that many boaters will want to store their 205 in a garage or marine rack. For that reason it has paid close attention to the height of the vessel in different configurations. They are--
One additional perk to the seating arrangement on the 205 Series is at the aft sun pad. Not only does it present a place to catch some rays -- while not underway, of course -- but it also adds another seating option. With the walkthrough to starboard, the cushion needs to be hinged to allow access to and from the cockpit.Glastron seized on this as an opportunity and made the hinge lockable when the cushion is lifted. In this manner the sun pad morphs into a second chaise lounge, this time with an elevated viewpoint of the surroundings.If even more sunning space is needed, then go ahead and add on the optional bow filler cushion and turn the forward section into another sun pad play pen.
A Sony stereo accommodates AM, FM and CDs but to the side is a 12V adapter and an MP3 port so anyone’s player, or more likely a smart-phone fully loaded with music, can control the atmosphere. Four speakers come standard.
Integral Swim Platform
The 205’s integral swim platform is a good size for serving as a staging area for watersports and as a great spot to relax with feet in the water. The GTS 205 comes with an integral rubber mat which is soft to the touch.All three models can be fitted with the optional extended swim platform which creates even more room for launching water toys and boards. With inflated water toys it makes a good place to stow them when underway. Another feature of this extension is that when swimmers slide off the platform they don't have to worry about being cut by the metal of the running gear.
Pricing And Power Options
Depending on which model is chosen and which engine will power that choice, prices of the 205 can vary between $34,800 and $42,427. Adding options will boost those prices even further.
Options to Consider
Options are available for each of the three models, and there are definitely some that we’d consider.
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.
If there’s a desire to class the boat up even more, then an XL Package is available for all three models, flip-up bucket seats, 5 pull-up cleats, snap-in carpet, stainless steel drink holders, stainless grab handles, and stainless speaker covers, among other things.
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.
The GT Series sets itself apart from the other boats in class with retro styling. But there’s much more to the 205s than eye candy. The brand has always been a leader in styling, speed and value, and the GT 205 is no exception.
Standard and Optional Features
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Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!