Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
The GTD 245 sterndrive powered deck boat and its outboard sister the GTD 240 are together the flagships of Glastron’s seven deck boat models from eighteen to twenty-four feet; four being outboard powered and three larger ones also available with sterndrive power.
Glastron, once one of the largest, if not the largest pleasure boat manufacturer in North America and celebrating a legacy of over sixty years, offers a total of twenty-six models from eighteen to twenty-four feet in four series including deck boats, ski and fish, three surf models with forward-facing drives, plus a bowrider series.
As befits the flagship of the deck boat series, the GTD 245 is spacious with almost complete wrap-around seating. It is loaded with standard features and offers a full complement of optional equipment allowing you to personalize it to suit the requirements of your boating lifestyle.
Instead of the standardized center windshield walk-through to the bow, the full windshield with smaller side wings on the GTD 245 offers a port side windshield opening section. This allows for double-wide helm seating with individual convertible seatbacks, and forward or rear-facing seating for each of the helm seats. Both seats have standard forward flip-up bolsters.
The balance of the cockpit is full surround U-shaped seating with storage beneath all seat cushions. On the port hullside of the cockpit, a lower gunwale section provides easy portside step-over entry into the boat. A highly recommended optional slide-in seatback cushion converts the forward portside cockpit bench seat into a forward facing single seat, or to a rear-facing stretch-out lounger.
A double-wide transom sundeck converts to an athwartship lounger when the flip-up section on the starboard side walk-through is raised as a back support. The substantial integrated swim platform is ideal for watersports enthusiasts as it is close to the water and features two covered flip-down telescopic swim ladders – one on each corner.
The deep bow area offers comfy forward facing seating for two ahead of the helm console, and aft-facing seating for three in front. A wide flat bow platform is easily accessed by a step beneath the center removable bow seat cushion. A third swim ladder is housed on the starboard side with an anchor locker in the center. A wide top-hinged door on the forward side of the passenger helm accesses a large change room within the helm console. This room may be optionally equipped with a sink and toilet.
The modern and functional double-wide molded black helm on the GTD 245 features custom sporty tilt steering wheel and a pair of retro-style circular hooded multi-function sterndrive gauges with an hour meter and GPS speedometer. Between these multi-gauges is room for flush-mounting of an optional in-dash GPS navigation screen. The circular head of the stereo unit is to the left of the wheel.
In addition to storage found beneath all seat cushions, there are storage lockers within the transom walk-through, on the port side of the engine compartment, within the cockpit sidewalls, and a large in-floor storage compartment ideal for watersports accessories with a mat flooring insert.
Four hullside colour choices are available and your selection of MerCruiser or Volvo sterndrive power in 300 or 350 horsepower with a Bravo III or Duo-Prop outdrive respectively. Other notable standard equipment includes cupholders and grab handles throughout, USB charge ports, courtesy lighting, and a Glastron® custom-matched tandem axle bunk trailer.
There are three option packages from which to choose: a Premium Sound Package which includes a transom stereo remote and speaker upgrades; a Dune or Ash XL Package which provides removable reed mat flooring, pull-up cleats, depth gauge, and various stainless steel upgrades; and a Surf Package which includes a Forward Facing Drive, ballast system, and other wake enhancements.
Notable single options include swim platform mats, docking lights, bow and transom pull-out shower wand, underwater lights, anchor windlass, hinged wakeboard tower, board racks, carry-on cooler, bow fill-in cushions, table with mounts in bow and cockpit, bow walk-thru doors, Sunbrella® bimini top, bow and cockpit covers, automatic fire extinguishing system, and Mercury Vesselview or Volvo Easy Connect mobile readouts. Several trailer upgrades are also available.
Glastron’s GTD 245 certainly stands out as the flagship of its deck boat series.
|Dry weight:||4,600 lbs||2,087 kg|
|Fuel Capacity:||24 US gals||60 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||MerCruiser, Volvo Sterndrive|