Glastron GTS 229

The GTS 229 offers flashy style and versatility at a solid price.

Glastron GTS 229

LOA: 22'0"
Beam: 8'4"
Draft: 2'0"
Displacement: 3,300 lb.

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

Glastron GTS 229

We Say: The advantages of this boat's closed bow include the shade and privacy of the cabin, plus better wind protection and more rakish lines than those seen on the standard bowrider. Filler cushions cover the cabin footwell and create a berth that's a perfect nap spot for sun-baked kids. An optional port-a-potty ($180) slides out from a well extending under the deck, which also displaces a ski locker. Headroom is 48 inches, and a large hatch and smoked plexiglass panel allow plenty of light and air belowdecks.

The cockpit layout is the same as on a Glastron bowrider, with U-shaped seating aft and buckets at the console. One key difference is this boat’s full fiberglass cockpit liner, required to support the sliding and locking hatch to the cabin. The fiberglass stringer insert forms the smooth sole in the cabin. The sun deck has two backrest options and a flip-up section to starboard that covers a wide walk-through. The tow-sports tower is a $2,660 option.

I noted significant bow rise during hole shot. I think this package would run better with a stainless-steel prop, but even with the Black Max wheel I saw a nice top speed of 51 mph, precise handling and that loose “Glastron feel” when you really trim it out.

Who'd Want One: A family that likes flashy style, versatility and a solid value.

Another Choice: The Stingray 225SX ($48,166 powered like our test boat, but without a trailer) offers a fiberglass cockpit sole. It hits speeds in the low 60s.

Bottom Line: $50,027 with test power (includes trailer); glastron.com