The GT 240 is a new pinnacle in engineering for the Glastron brand. Glastron was one of the first production boat companies to convert from wood to fiberglass and, in so doing, challenge the norms of hull shape and style with this durable, rot-proof and conformable material. Its heritage includes one of the first tri-hull boats and the game-changing performance of the storied Art Carlson series from James Bond movies.
In its first days, Glastron performance was founded on outboard power back when 35 ponies meant an outrageous machine. But the company has taken that heritage of speed and innovation to a new height with its 300 hp-rated GT 240 OB. By combining light, high-output outboard power with an aluminum transom bracket, the GT 240 OB easily broke 53 mph in our tests.
The ride was solid, and the handling was confident. She held her ground in turns and responded to adjustments of trim quickly, settling into the best running attitude for any speed or turn. That’s thanks to the marriage of Evinrude’s new G2 bracket and integrated power steering. The solid connection to the bracket with the additional reinforcement of lightweight aluminum gussets inside, and the setback from the transom allow this outboard to gulp solid water through its beefy propeller, creating enormous torque and a solid hookup for tight, high-speed maneuvering and acceleration. What a hole shot! It put us back in our seats.
It’s hard not to wax poetic over such an efficient application of power, but, in addition to speed, there are other things this setup brings to the boater, like enormous storage compartments to keep the deck clear for the enjoyment of guests. There’s a full beam-to-beam sun pad and, behind it, an unobstructed swim platform. Go ahead and try to find an outboard competitor with such a clean rigging system.
Glastron took further advantage of this power by adding an optional wakeboard tower with a Bimini top. You won’t need an explanation of the spacious, comfortable seating — it’s the next thing after the boat’s flashy exterior that grabs “oohs” and “ahhs.”
Glastron has come a long way in nearly 60 years of boatbuilding. It’s hard to imagine what it will do to top the GT 240 OB.
*Exterior styling and gelcoat graphics billboard Glastron’s performance reputation.
*Bow seating is deep and luxurious with just the right firmness to complement the boat’s sporty appeal.
*Factory-installed stereo brings onboard entertainment.
*Easy-access reboarding ladder adds convenience.
How We Tested
Engine: 300 hp Evinrude G2
Drive/Prop: Outboard/Evinrude RX4 15″ x 18″
Gear Ratio: 1.85:1
Fuel Load: 35 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
$60,133 (with test power and trailer)
Glastron Boats Cadillac, Michigan; 231-775-1351; glastronboats.com