John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.
Glastron GS 259
OCTOBER 2009
 
   
Length overall  24' 10"
Beam  8' 6"
Draft  36" (drive down)
Weight  5,450 lb
Deadrise0 degrees
Fuel 56 gals/ Water18 gals
Waste  3.8 gals (6.5 gal VacuFlush optional)
Base Price  $55,000 with
    220-hp Volvo 5.0

Glastron's new GS 259 is a trailerable pocket cruiser that sleeps a family of four and still offers both a comfortable, roomy cockpit and good performance with a small V-8 outdrive. With the standard 220-hp Volvo Penta 5.0, the boat cruises economically at speeds in the upper 20s and tops out at around 40 mph with a full load. The cabin has a forward, asymmetrical V-berth with convertible dinette table, a galley (single electric burner, microwave, sink and AC/DC refrigerator), a head with ceramic toilet, and a mid-berth bunk for two children or one adult. The cockpit layout includes a wet bar and a sun lounge to port. There's a double helm seat to starboard backed by an aft-facing double seat and a removable seat across the transom. Glastron Boats, Little Falls, Minn.; 320-632-1400; www.glastron.com