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Boat Reviews By Owners

1987 -- 19' 6" GLASTRON

Model: SSV-197

Cockpit: Glastrons SSv-197 outboard has tons of room in in the cockpit for for fishing, putting on wetsuits, icechests etc. front section roomy and comfortable with lots of leg drop. Cockpit has relatively high sides for lake boat which provides secure feeling for families.


Construction: Well built for intended use, lakes and rivers. After 19 years of use and storage outside with cover, plywood flooring is beggining to bow. The boat is light, travels on a single axel trailer, and has a rounded shallow v at the stern, which means you could beat ever single piece of equipment off the boat at 57mph on rough water. Some of the plastic is a bit cheesy. Some of the plastic has cracked or broken off, too bad because there is also nice chrome and teak hand rails which are holding up great and you just don't see on this size boat anymore.

Handling: Great for skiing and going very fast in smooth or light chop. Not so great in sharp choppy conditions or over large boat wakes. Its a trade off, fast time up on plane, small wake and high top speed for poor rough water performance. Very stable at rest or troll for fishing.

Engine Room: 1986 200HP Yamaha outboard. Continually used for 19 years. Many enjoyable trips. Not one time stranded. Regular outboard maintence every year. Absolutely no problems, will troll 2.1 mph or go 57mph with one person.

General Comments: Over the last 19 years our use of the boat has shifted from lots of skiing to lots of fishing. I pull it with a Mercury Marques with special low end and air shocks, no problem. It has been a great boat, the engine shows no signs of giving up. My only comment would be, if you think you are going to want to beat your way through a lot of rough water without slowing down, not this hull and in 19 years the upholstery and carpeting are going to show their lack of top quality. The most amazing thing to me is how the Yamaha 2stroke has held up, fantastic workmanship reliability and durability.

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Date Submitted: 2006-04-17

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