This deck boat was de­signed for ei­ther out­board power or stern­drive or Volvo Penta for­ward drive (GTD 245). We’ve been aboard too many stern­drives re­tooled for out­boards that were just av­er­age per­form­ers. How­ever, we tested each ver­sion—and all three op­er­ated as if they were born to run with their re­spec­tive propul­sion op­tions.

The Mer­cury V-8 300 hp four-stroke was pow­er­ful and smooth. Sure, it ought to be with power steer­ing and elec­tronic throt­tles, but that only ac­counts for the ease of ma­neu­ver­ing. It is the re­la­tion­ship of the en­gine and boat—which func­tioned as if they were or­gan­i­cally grown, not bolted to­gether; that was so with ev­ery propul­sion plat­form.

The ac­cel­er­a­tion is quick and smooth (2.9 sec­onds to plane), the top speed re­ward­ing (51.1 mph) and in turns, the GTD 240 stuck tight to its line and held it all the way through. Now, there’s a trick from Mer­cury that helped achieved this—the dy­namic throt­tle fed in power as the boat loaded up through the turns.

That kept the hull on track, with­out los­ing speed or chine trip­ping—all proof of a well-de­signed re­la­tion­ship be­tween power and boat.

The deck plan is one of my fa­vorites of the new 2020 model year. There’s a dou­ble-wide helm con­sole, and the port­side con­sole is re­placed with a walk-through to the bow. It gives the cap­tain and mate a cozy place to en­joy the ride with enough el­bow room to make it com­fort­able.

The seat­backs flip fore and aft. Aft is the driv­ing po­si­tion; for­ward joins the helm seats to the wrap­around seat­ing in the cock­pit—it’s sim­ple, re­quir­ing just a lit­tle push from the fin­ger­tips.

For­ward, Glastron uses that wide star­board con­sole to build a large head com­part­ment. The door opens up­ward and over­head, re­veal­ing a wide ac­cess way to a roomy com­part­ment. It can be equipped with an elec­tric flush­ing head or a sim­ple por­ta­ble head. A filler cush­ion be­tween the full beam aft-fac­ing bench seat and the for­ward-fac­ing bench con­verts the en­tire area into a sun­ning pad.

Other boat­builders will be try­ing to copy this new style in 2021.

(with Yamaha F200 XB and cus­tom trailer) SPECS: LOA: 24'4" BEAM: 8'6" DRAFT (MAX): 1'6" (en­gine up) DRY WEIGHT: 4,250 lb. SEAT/WEIGHT CA­PAC­ITY: 14/3,100 lb. FUEL CA­PAC­ITY: 60 gal. HOW WE TESTED: EN­GINE: Mer­cury V-8 FourStroke DRIVE/PROP: Out­board/Rev 4 18" 4-blade stain­less steel GEAR RA­TIO: 1.75:1 FUEL LOAD: 20 gal. CREW WEIGHT: 250 lb. Price: $60,133

GLASTRON BOATS Cadil­lac, Michi­gan; 231-775-1351;

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