Boat Test: 2012 Glastron GT 180

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Boat Tested2012 Glastron GT 180
Price As Tested$24,995 CAD
Category Bowrider
Manufacturer Glastron
Length17ft 1in / 5.21 m
Beam7ft 4in / 2.24 m
Weight1933
HullFiberglass
Engines1
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
FuelGas
Fuel Capacity23

By Mike Milne

Glastron is a boat builder with amore than 50 years of history and a reputation for runabouts. So it’s no surprise that the GT 180 - an outboard-powered open-bow runabout just over 17 feet long - runs well, looks great and hits all the family boating sweet spots.

Its trademarked Super Stable Vee (SSV) hull has a 21-degree deadrise with wide reverse chines that extend far forward and well-placed strakes. With a 150-hp Evinrude E-TEC direct-injection two-stroke on the transom, the design translates into great acceleration (0 to 30 mph in 5.3 seconds) and top speeds (52.6 mph at 5700 rpm), a stable ride and precise handling.

The moulded fibreglass stringer system and bonded hull and deck make for a solid, very quiet ride. Glastron runabouts were manufactured using the VEC closed-mould system when the company was under its previous ownership. With new owners now on board, Glastron returned to traditional fibreglass construction last year. It’s obviously working out well.

The GT 180’s appearance is sporty, with a white hull and coloured hull-side graphics. But it’s not a radical departure. Same goes for the interior, which includes a wide, comfortable bow compartment and roomy cockpit with swivelling bucket seats forward and a bench seat

aft. There’s plenty of storage space for water toys in the cockpit floor locker, gear in the bow lockers, and food and beverages in a portable cooler under the aft seat. There’s room for storage boxes in the lockers behind the aft seats, where the battery and oil injector unit are installed.

As well as providing an excellent power-to-weight ratio, the outboard leaves more usable cockpit space. The GT 180 has twin moulded-in swim platforms on either side of the engine well for water access aft.

The test boat has a clean interior colour palette with white, taupe and blue upholstery, taupe consoles and wood grain dashboard insets. Faria gauges and a wooden steering wheel add a touch of luxury.

Options installed on the test boat are sensible, including an XL package with boarding ladder, tilt steering wheel, snap-in carpets, depth sounder, automatic bilge pump, flip-bottom bucket seats, stainless steel rub rails and drink holders, a ski-tow pylon and chrome speaker covers. The price is also sensible.

The Glastron GT 180 is just the kind of fun boating families need: sporty, comfortable and cost effective.

TEST BOAT ENGINE
Evinrude E-TEC 150, 158.2 cid / 2.592 L, V-6, 150-hp two-stroke with direct fuel injection, driving a 19-inch pitch three-blade aluminum propeller.
ACCELERATION (mph/sec)
0-20 / 4.1 ; 0-30 / 5.3 ; 0-40 / 7.6TOP SPEED (rpm/mph)
5700 / 52.6CRUISING SPEED (rpm/mph)
3500 / 30.6 ; 4000 / 36.4 ; 4500 / 40.5 ; 5000 / 47.3
SOUND LEVEL AT CRUISE (3500 rpm)
Helm - 82 dbA ; Aft cockpit - 83 dbASOUND LEVEL AT TOP SPEED
Helm - 88 dbA ; Aft cockpit - 89 dbA

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