We Say: The Glastron 300 hp GT 240 OB combines lightweight, high-output outboard power with a modern stepped transom and an aluminum transom bracket, and topped 53 mph in our tests.
The ride was secure and confident thanks to the marriage of Evinrude’s new G2 stout mounts and integrated power steering. The reinforced bracket allows the prop to gulp water, creating enormous torque and a solid hookup for tight, high-speed maneuvering.
Large stowage compartments keep the deck clear, especially aft in the absence of a sterndrive. A starboard sun-pad cushion lifts to reveal a transom walk-through. Prop it up and you have a port-facing-inclined lounge. Lift the center of the sun pad up and you have a lounge inclined toward the stern — our favorite spot to watch the kids dive off the swim platform. Rigging goes through a special tube that extends to the motor from beneath the swim-platform deck. The deck’s nonskid surface can be “blinged up” with a swim-platform mat.
An optional wakeboard tower ($2,660) adds sportiness and the Bimini top ($840) adds shade. The spacious comfortable seating grabs as many “oohs” as the flashy exterior.
The gunwales are high, keeping toddlers securely inboard. Even the bow seating has ample inboard depth. How will Glastron top the GT 240 OB?
Who’d Want One: Fans of the easy-ownership regime of outboards.
Another Choice: Starcraft’s SCX 250 with a Yamaha F300 outboard ($73,699).
Bottom Line: $60,133 (with test power and trailer); glastronboats.com