It's hard to peg Glastron boats; they're spiffy for a value-priced brand and comfortably priced for a luxury brand. That's what lured Michelle Thompson of LTD Motors in High Springs, Florida, to add Glastron to her family's marine-dealership line.
"We went looking for a brand to compete against a value brand down the street," said Thompson. "The Glastron GLS 215 stepped way above our expectation from a value boat." After our test and two separate walkthroughs, we couldn't have agreed more.
We noted the enormous interior playpen seating area and realized sun worshippers were going to love this boat. Then, during one of our inspections, we swung the center seating section to the portside to convert the playpen to an L-shaped lounge. That's impressive enough, but Glastron added a transom rumble seat that flipped out from under the sun pad — a super-comfortable lounger to be enjoyed at anchor. Both are options, but affordable ones.
Beneath it all is a VEC hull, scientifically molded to reduce harmful styrene emissions while creating a stronger, more reliable boat. If the lifetime warranty isn't enticement enough, there are practical advantages as well, like smooth surfaces in the compartments and bilge for easy cleanup, and great handling and acceleration — also partially due to the lightweight VEC hull. Luxury and quality are well priced in Glastron's GLS 215.
MSRP $39,193 (w/ 5.0 GL Volvo Penta and deluxe seating)