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(w/ 2 x 150-hp Yamaha four-strokes)


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Brief Summary

Since this review, Glacier Bay boats have been folded under the parent World Cat umbrella, and going forward will be known as Glacier Bay Edition. Design, materials and construction will not change.

Glacier Bay has had excellent success with its Island Runner 2670 over the years. In fact, it's been the brand's most popular model. So when the builder decided to give the 2670 a makeover, we thought, uh oh. But while we have a "don't-fix-it-if-it-ain’t-broke" attitude, that doesn't sell boats. After testing the 2780, we think Glacier Bay managed to make its best-seller an even better boat.

Key Features

  • Dual anchor lockers with molded in bow pulpit
  • Bow seating for (2) adults
  • Recessed walk around area around cabin
  • 316-grade stainless steel bow rail
  • Fiberglass top with aluminum frame, integrated VHF box, overhead lights, (6) rocket launchers, spreader light and life jacket storage
  • Full wrap-around tempered safety glass windshield with center vent
  • Deluxe helm bench seat with flip-up bolster and armrest
  • Starboard entertainment center with fresh water sink and storage with Corian top, stainless cup-holder, and tip-out trash receptacle (optional fridge replaces trash bin)
  • Fiberglass entertainment center/wet bar with 20-gallon overboard draining livewell, (4) stainless steel cup-holders, and (4) dry storage drawers
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 27' 0''
    8.22 m
    Beam 8' 9''
    2.67 m
    Dry Weight 6,900 lbs.
    3,129 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 20''
    0.51 m
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom N/A
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance 8' 8''
    2.64 m
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 180 gal.
    681.3 L
    Water Capacity 20 gal.
    75 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    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.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power Not Available
    Tested Power 2 x 150-hp Yamaha four-strokes
    Opt. Power Honda, Suzuki or Yamaha 150 four-strokes

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 4.0 3.4 0.9 4.4 3.8 711 618 57
    1000 5.5 4.8 1.5 3.7 3.2 594 517 65
    1500 7.5 6.5 2.5 3.0 2.6 493 428 66
    2000 9.0 7.8 3.8 2.4 2.1 384 334 69
    2500 11.5 10.0 5.9 2.0 1.7 317 276 71
    3000 16.4 14.3 8.2 2.0 1.7 326 283 76
    3500 21.4 18.6 10.6 2.0 1.8 329 286 82
    4000 26.3 22.8 13.4 2.0 1.7 317 276 82
    4500 30.4 26.4 17.7 1.7 1.5 279 242 83
    5000 33.6 29.2 21.0 1.6 1.4 259 225 84
    5500 37.3 32.4 27.9 1.3 1.2 217 189 87
    5900 40.9 35.5 32.4 1.3 1.1 205 178 92
    600 618 1144 6.40 3.41 1.87 57
    1000 517 956 8.90 5.68 1.57 65
    1500 428 793 12.10 9.46 1.28 66
    2000 334 618 14.50 14.38 1.02 69
    2500 276 510 18.50 22.33 0.85 71
    3000 283 525 26.40 31.04 0.85 76
    3500 286 529 34.40 40.13 0.85 82
    4000 276 510 42.30 50.72 0.85 82
    4500 242 449 48.90 67.00 0.72 83
    5000 225 417 54.10 79.49 0.68 84
    5500 189 349 60.00 105.61 0.55 87
    5900 178 330 65.80 122.65 0.55 92

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 4.1 sec.
    0 to 30 7.3 sec.
    Ratio N/A
    Props N/A
    Load 2 persons, 3/8 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate 78 deg.; 69% humidity; wind: 0 mph; seas: calm

    Captain's Report

    By Capt. Steve Larivee

    Glacier Bay 2780
    We found yet again that when it comes to handling waves, few monohulls can beat a cat.


    I've yet to test a catamaran that didn't impress me, particularly when it comes to the ride. When we went wave-hunting in the 2780 as luck would have it, we had flat seas. Thankfully, ferrys do a pretty good job of churning them out. So when you decide to head at full throttle into a 2' (.6 m) ferry wake, it's hard not to brace yourself for an impact, and that's exactly what I did. Only the impact never came, and we sailed right through the wave like a hot knife through butter. That is why I like well-designed cats.Taking the waves on the beam or stern made no difference. The 2780 handled them as if they weren't even there. It's characteristics like this that make the 2780 a good cruising boat. Set your course and head out, come hell or high water. While I couldn't verify this by running her through a named storm, the voice of experience tells me what I want to know. This boat has the right stuff.

    Her Mission

    The 2780 is designed to bean island runner, but one with a lot of fishing in between. Because she is a stable cat, Mom will not mind coming along and for that reason she also makes an comfortable weekend cruiser, as well as a fishing boat.

    The Elephant in the Room

    Old habits die hard, so when the subject of cats comes up at the Square Grouper bar, you are likely to hear that "cats lean out in a turn." Since it has two hulls instead of one, of course it handles differently in a turn, what would one expect?Yes, the 2780 does lean outboard in turns, and while the sensation was a little unsusal at first, after 10 minutes, it came to be quite expected and natural. So if it's a concern to you, my advice is to get over it. The rough water performance far outweighs the outboard turning non-issue. (For the monohull diehards, I recommend seeing the new movie Moneyball, which will put things like evolution and change in perspective.)

    Glacier Bay 2780
    The 2780 leans to the left in a turn to the right. It's not much but it's there, and after a few turns I got used to it and came to expect it.

    Trimming is Different

    Here's another thing with cats: Like any other boat, they lean into a crosswind, and list with an uneven distribution of weight. But correcting it with engine trim is opposite of a mono hull. Remember, "high hull, high engine". The hull that is elevated gets that engine elevated. Then you're good to go.

    Redundancy is Good

    Probably the best feature of cats is the power system redundancy. Because there are two hulls, it is natural that each contain its own propulsion system. There are separate fuel systems, separate electrical systems, and separate batteries. Each hull is a mirror image of the other. It's for that reason that you rarely hear of a cat getting stuck due to a breakdown. It is unusual for a gremlin that affects one system to also affect the other. (Bad gas from the same marina in both tanks, is one example.) Fry one set of batteries… just flip the switches to the others and head home.

    Glacier Bay 2780
    The helm deck seating is a big improvement over the previous model. It's on an elevated platform for better visibility.


    So, with twin Yamaha 150 four-strokes doing the heavy work, our test boat had a top speed of 35.5 kts at 5900 rpm. At that speed we were burning 32.4 gph for a range of 178 nm. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm and 18.6 kts. Now we were burning only 10.6 gph for a range of 286 nautical miles. Acceleration was just nuts with a time to plane of only 4.1 seconds, and we reached 30 mph in 7.3 seconds. To compare, I've tested jet boats that barely beat that time to plane. What's more, the 2780 remains fairly flat during the acceleration so no worries about losing the horizon.

    Glacier Bay 2780
    Fill the 25 gal (94.6 L) baitwell with fish or if you're having a party, ice and drinks. It's insulated.

    The Layout is Different

    The most significant changes to the 2780, over the previous 2670 are surrounding the layout. The helm deck has been completely redone and features L-shaped seating with an optional cocktail table ($772). Across there is an entertainment center with a sink and a refrigerator ($873). Having the fridge in the helm deck is a direct response to customer feedback about having to go below for a drink. Add the optional gas grill ($1187) that resides in a rod holder and now you can have your drink and dinner without leaving the deck (or your lines).

    Glacier Bay 2780
    The entertainment center offers a sink and fridge. Add the optional grill to a rod holder and you're literally cooking with gas. Notice the storage under the molded footrest at the helm.
    Glacier Bay 2780
    At the bow is a padded seat with grab handles to the sides. Notice the molded pulpit with an optional windlass. Rails are 18" (45.7 cm) high. I really appreciated the opening vent in the windshield.
    Glacier Bay 2780
    The hardtop is standard and features 6 rocket launchers, a spreader light, life jacket storage, and a radio box.

    The Helm

    As for the helm, it could still use a little tweaking, in my opinion. Let me preface this with the fact that I'm relatively short at 5' 8-/2" (1.74 m)…but so are other captains. That said, the helm seat needs to be raised a few inches. I was fine standing, but frankly, my most comfortable position was standing on the footrest with my butt on the seat bolster. That got me high enough to be comfortable with good visibility. The panel on our test boat was bare but contained enough real estate for a 12" (30.5 cm) display and additional analog gauges as well, or perhaps an autopilot. As for what is offered by Glacier Bay in the way of electronics, you're on your own and I like it that way. No disrespect intended to the good folks at Raymarine, but there are other choices and while I may end up with a Ray unit, I don't appreciate having the decision made for me. Good on you Glacier Bay.

    Glacier Bay 2780
    The queen sized berth is loaded with storage space. The microwave is to my right. Two opening portlights and an overhead hatch provide natural light. The curtain is to close off the head.

    Below Decks

    Below is a large queen berth with gobs of storage underneath, a small head separated by a curtain, and a cabinet with a microwave. Clearly this is an overnight boat, or a weekender, since no one I know actually cooks on their boat when they go to a distant island. Here the emphasis is on the sleep-ability (yes it is a word).

    Glacier Bay 2780
    The head is just the size it needs to be for this boat. It's positioned right inside the cabin door.

    Power and Options

    Back to choices: You do have options with power, but only with the manufacturer, not with the size. This boat ran fine with twin 150s so don't mess with it. You can choose between Suzuki or as with our test boat, Yamaha. I also wouldn't even think about getting this boat (or any boat with twin 150's) without power steering. Definitely consider the flush mounted, fold-away seats that deploy and stow better than any seats I've seen.

    Glacier Bay 2780
    Our test boat was powered with the twin Yamaha four-stroke 150s. At 57 dBa at idle I had to look for the water stream to ensure that they were running.

    Other options worth considering are the windlass, a canvas enclosure, and a Clarion stereo with USB input. If you spend a lot of time at the dock, then perhaps the air conditioning/heater is for you, and you'll need either shore power or a generator to go with it. Finally, if you're sick of white boats, then you can opt for Cobalt Blue, or Ice Blue or get creative with a custom color.


    So as it turns out, change is a good thing and Glacier Bay stepped up and gave their customers what they wanted in an already successful design. And the plan seems to be working as the dealer I spoke to says he sells them as fast as he gets them. And I believe that. Our recommendation is that if you have not taken a ride on the Island Runner 2780, you should do so. Bring your significant other along with you and you may be surprised at her reaction. When it comes to boat buying, we believe on having both members of a couple on the same page.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Glacier Bay 2780 (2013-) is 40.9 mph (65.8 kph), burning 32.4 gallons per hour (gph) or 122.63 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Glacier Bay 2780 (2013-) is 21.4 mph (34.4 kph), and the boat gets 2.0 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.85 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 329 miles (529.47 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 150-hp Yamaha four-strokes.

    Standard and Optional Features


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    CD Stereo Optional
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Optional
    Washdown: Raw Water Standard
    Windlass Optional


    Refrigerator Optional

    Exterior Features

    Hardtop Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Transom Shower Standard
    Wet bar Standard

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Generator Optional


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