Glastron GTS 205

There was very little bow rise at the hole shot, and the boat handled like a dream at wide-open throttle.

Glastron’s GTS 205 is a beautiful redux of the GT line, reminiscent of the exciting designs of the Art Carlson era.

During our test, it tracked so easily at idle that we could steer with our knee and jot notes with a pencil. Stashing the notebook and punching the throttle, it tipped to plane in just 3.9 seconds. More telling was the 7.7-second time to 30 mph. Top speed? It was 54.7 mph. The best part was the boat’s attitude on the water: There was very little bow rise at the hole shot, and it handled like a dream at wide-open throttle. During hard-over turns, the GTS 205 came around sweetly as we fed in more and more throttle and rudder.

It turns heads thanks to contoured hull lines and snazzy gelcoated color scheme. The contours build in stiffness, as well as race-car looks. Crisp lines outside are complemented with crisp edges and accent colors on the upholstery.

For convenience, Glastron built in a sliding seat cushion to reveal the transom walk-through. The sun pad was hinged to fold up and stay up, clearing the walkway. A beautiful portside aft lounge also pulled out from the back seat and created an L-shaped seating arrangement. Both features deploy and stow so easily that you’ll actually use them.

And from the looks of the GTS 205, ­half-century-old Glastron will be making its mark on the sport for another 50 years.