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2002 Glastron 279 GS

$20,000 USD

  • $20,000 USD
  • Available
  • Used
  • Express Cruisers
  • 2002
  • Glastron
  • 279 GS
  • Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, US
  • Power
  • 047726
  • 27ft / 8.23 m
  • 9ft / 2.74 m
  • Volvo Penta
  • 5.7 Gi
  • Other
  • Unleaded
  • Fiberglass
  • 5375
  • 2015-08-13
  • 2015-08-13
  • 1409592

- Stock #047726 -

Your spouse's mind is made up: It's time to trade in the flashy sport boat for an overnight cruiser the whole family can enjoy.
The thought of getting behind the wheel of one those floating condominiums makes you cringe. Maneuvering such a beast will be cumbersome, you assume. And the thrill you once felt catching air will surely be replaced by mind-numbing scenic cruises with the in-laws.
You couldn't be more wrong.
Take a gander at Glastron's new GS 279 Sport Cruiser, a 27 foot, 5 inch midcabin model that combines the amenities needed for overnight accommodations with the fast planing, impressive speed and handling of a runabout.
Better yet, the GS 279 is trailerable. The boat measures a highway-friendly 102 inches in beam and weighs in at a trim 5,375 pounds (equipped with a 5.7L GL Volvo Penta stern drive). Hauling such a load shouldn't be a problem with today's full-size tow vehicles, such as the Chevy Tahoe or Ford Excursion, which boast towing capacities of 7,000 to 9,000 pounds.
The all-new GS 279 is the largest of Glastron's Sport Cruiser Series, which also includes 22 and 24 foot models (both have been redesigned for 2002). Each model is individually designed to be space-efficient, and they all feature roomy cabins and well-appointed cockpits.
Sound too good to be true

Think Big
When we saw it sitting there at the dock, our first reaction was, "How can a boat this size perform like a runabout"
A Glastron representative just smiled and gave us a look that said, "You'll see." But we had to wait until after the tour.
The main cabin features a hanging clothes locker, V-berth/dinette combination.
The main cabin features a hanging clothes locker, V-berth/dinette combination.
Through the transom hatch, we were led into a spacious cockpit, designed to be proportionately larger than the cabin, because, as we were told, most owners spend the majority of their cruising time entertaining. The one-level fiberglass floor has seating for up to nine people, including a dual helm chair/rear-facing seat that folds down into a sun lounge. There's also a removable transom settee and a portside chaise lounge.

The captain's instrument panel includes all the usual gauges, plus switches for the bilge pump, blower, navigation/anchor lights, panel lights, interior lights and horn. Standard topside amenities include a wet bar with a sink and icebox, and a Bimini top.

The galley has a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a sink and an alcohol/electric stove.
Although, it's a bit cozy, Glastron's designers worked their magic below decks to make it pretty darn comfortable. The main cabin features a hanging clothes locker, V-berth/dinette combination, courtesy lights and an Audiovox four-speaker CD audio system. The head offers a fiberglass shower stall, a sink, a china head and a hot water system. The galley has a microwave oven, a refrigerator, a sink and an alcohol/electric stove.
This boat is amazingly rich in standard features -- plus, there are a few options to choose from.
Think Fast
After our tour, we were still skeptical of Glastron's claim that such a large cruiser could perform like a little runabout. Could it be true
Remarkably, yes.
The GS 279 proved to very peppy for its size. Glastron told us to expect top speeds of 40 to 45 mph, which we reached with no problem. With our lightly loaded test boat, it took 7.5 seconds to plane at 2,800 rpm, which isn't exactly record-setting, but it is quite fast for a family cruiser. By 3,100 rpm, the boat reached a comfortable cruising speed of 25 mph; at 4,900 rpm it topped out at 45.5 mph.
The GS 279 is offered with either a single Volvo Penta or MerCruiser engine, ranging from 260 to 320 hp. Our boat was outfitted with a 280 hp Volvo Penta 5.7L Gi with Duoprop drive, which we found to be plenty powerful.
One obvious likeness the GS 279 has to a runabout is the hull's rather steep 20 degree deadrise, which helped it to perform well in hard-over turns at 3,500 rpm. The counter-rotating Duoprop drive surely helped keep a tight grip on the water.

The Duoprop is also extremely nice for docking, because you don't get the torque that wants to move the stern to one side or the other, especially while backing up. The GS 279 responded predictably to the slightest touch of the wheel for nearly effortless close-quarter maneuvering.
Because it's big and narrow, you do get the feeling that this boat is going to flop over on its side in a sharp turn. We figured it was because we aren't used to spinning doughnuts and figure eights in a respectable cruiser. We have to admit that no matter what test we gave it, the GS 279 performed beyond our expectations. For that, we must credit Glastron's patented, award-winning SSV (Super Stable Vee) hull design.
Still Sporty
Keeping its promise that a big cruiser can still be fun, Glastron has made sure that the GS 279 is watersports friendly.

An integrated swim platform extends nearly 2 feet from the transom. The platform features a ski hook and a recessed three-step ladder that folds away when not in use. A transom shower is one of this boat's many luxuries that you won't find on a small runabout.
Remember that removable aft bench settee that we mentioned earlier Well, it opens up plenty of space to stow towable toys, or, if you prefer, standing room for you and your buddies to fish off the stern.
Another nice thing about the GS 279 is that it's easy on fuel, courtesy of the small-block engine. At 25 mph, we burned only 8.62 gph, which calculates to a cruising range of 208.8 nautical miles.
With 46 years of fiberglass boat-building experience under its belt, Glastron (a subsidiary of Genmar Industries Inc.) is a trustworthy name that you can expect to be around for a long time.

Length 27'5″
Beam 8'6″
Draft (w/drive down) 3'4″
Dry weight (w/engine) 5,375 pounds
Fuel capacity* 72 gallons

Price as tested with 280 hp Volvo Penta 5.7L Gi DP-S (Duoprop drive) $56,296
Estimated Performance
Top speed 45.5 mph
Cruising speed 25 mph
Miles per gallon at 25-mph cruising speed 2.9
Fuel cost for 100 miles $39.65
Range at 25-mph cruising speed 208.8 miles
(Fuel cost based on a fuel price of $1.15 per gallon.)
Engine Specifications
Model Volvo Penta 5.7L Gi DP-S (Duoprop drive)
Propshaft horsepower 280
Cylinders 8
Displacement 350 c.i.d.
Bore and stroke 4.00″ x 3.48″
Gear ratio 1.95:1
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Maximum engine speed 5,000 rpm
Weight 1,040 pounds

Standard Features
Automatic bilge pump, Audiovox stereo CD w/four speakers, stainless steel hardware, bow pulpit w/roller and bow rope locker, hydraulic trim tabs, 18 gallon water tank, Sunbrella Bimini top w/boot, manual china head w/pumpout, transom shower, battery charger.

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Navigational Equipment - Cockpit Tables
- Compass
- Depth Instrument
- Fuel Gauge
- Sound System
- Speed Instrument
- Speedometer
- Tachometer
- CD Player

Mechanical - Bow Pulpit
- Hand Rails
- Trim Indicator
- Trim Tabs

Electrical Systems - Battery
- Battery Switch
- Cockpit Lighting
- Gauges
- Accessory Switches
- Battery Charger
- Engine Kill Switch
- Horn
- Night Lighting
- Speakers
- Stereo
- AC Electric Panel
- Circuit Breaker Panel

Accommodations - Berth
- Cabin Lighting
- Cabinets
- Cabins
- Carpet
- Countertops
- Drink Holders
- Fridge
- Galley
- Head
- Hot Water System
- Microwave
- Pressurized Water System
- Sink
- Stove
- Table
- Wet Bar
- A/C
- Heat

Deck Gear - Anchor
- Beverage Holders
- Bolster Seat
- Canvas
- Cockpit Sink
- Cockpit Wet Bar
- Courtesy Lights
- Glove Box
- Molded Fridge
- Rub Rails
- Storage
- Storage Cover
- Swim Ladder
- Swim Platform
- Thru-bolted SS Cleats
- Transom Door
- Transom Seating
- Windshield
- Windshield Wipers

Safety Equipment - Bilge Pump
- Bright Cockpit Lighting
- Fire Extinguisher
- Grab Rail

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