Boat Test: 2015 Glastron GT 160

Boat Tested2015 Glastron GT 160
Price As Tested$16,855 CAD
Category Runabout
Manufacturer Glastron
Length16ft 6in / 5.03 m
Beam7ft / 2.13 m
Max HP115
Drive TypeOutboard
Engine MakeEvinrude
Fuel Capacity12

By Steven Bull

Good things can come in small packages. Sure when it comes to boat size does matter in terms of livable space, comfortable seating capacity, and how well it handles in choppy conditions, but assess your needs before you think bigger is always better.

If you’re looking for a cottage boat to run around on a small- to mid-sized lake, or something you can trailer easily behind just about anything, consider the Glastron GT160.

The 16-foot bowrider has a max capacity of 6 and certainly is a peppy little ride.

Storage is limited, but they’ve made the most of the space. The bow lounge lifts up revealing storage for safety gear or towels, there’s a port side locking glove box, vented in-floor ski locker and, under the rear bench, two molded plastic storage containers straddling the removable fuel tanks in the centre.

The seats are low to the floor and if you’re more than 6-feet tall the helm is a bit of a delicate entry but comfortable enough when you’re in.

This is a go-kart on the water. Small, sharp looking, and an absolute blast to drive.

It cruises around 20 miles per hour but we pushed it to nearly 30 miles per hour. Handling is responsive but it bites the water so well and slides around the prop can’t always keep up so watch for cavitation. But once you get used to the feel of it, you’re home free and - if you’re like me - smiling the whole time.

It’s fun for parents, has a removable pole for tow sports and has appropriate power and size to let the kids out on their own without worrying … too much.

A fabulous entry-level boat or a good-looking family-friendly addition to your dock the Glastron GT160 is what boating is all about in its purest form. It’s not just fun when you’re out on the water, it makes you want to go out on the water. 

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