If you thought Glastron only manufactured sporty bowriders from 18 to 24 feet long, you’re almost right. But there, hidden in the lineup, is a weekender that channels Glastron’s style into a cruiser — the GS 259 — that’s equal parts floating hotel and fun-in-the-sun boat. Stretching 25 feet long, it also has an 8-foot, 6-inch beam, which makes it easily trailerable. The open cockpit layout has a doublewide helm seat with a flippable backrest, and on the starboard side is a comfortable couch with storage underneath. It creates an L-lounge with the stern bench, which also has a convertible backrest, so passengers can face the water in max relax mode.
The best part of owning a cruiser is when all the other boaters head for the dock near sundown but you don’t have to. With the Glastron GS 259, you’ll just be setting the anchor while sliding into happy hour and prepping for dinner. On most cruisers, the galley is in the cabin, but Glastron’s designers wisely placed the galley on the port side of the cockpit in a roomy entertainment center that has a sink with a spigot. Just behind is a gunwale rail for mounting an aftermarket gas grill. To make this cruiser self-sufficient, items such as an oversized stove burner, a microwave, a refrigerator for the cabin, a hot-water heater and dockside power with electrical outlets are bundled for $4,667. A rarity for pocket cruisers is a generator option ($14,667) that can power items such as an optional air conditioner with reverse heat ($2,800). The GS 259 sleeps four in a V-berth and the amidships cabin, which has a queen-size bed. There’s a stand-up head compartment with a shower and a pumpout head option ($207).
Surprisingly, our test boat was powered by a single Volvo Penta V-6 sterndrive engine, which didn’t seem like enough power to push this 6,150-pound hull. But it was the new 280 hp 4.3L Gen 5 GM engine that also powers Chevy Silverado pickup trucks, so it had plenty of guts. With the standard Lenco hydraulic tabs down, it put the GS 259 on plane in 4.3 seconds with reduced bowrise. Time to 25 mph was 9.8 seconds, and it reached a top speed of 40.4 mph. A 300 hp MerCruiser or Volvo Penta is also available. It was surprisingly agile in hard turns, which improves its watersports potential.