Pocket Rocket! That’s the name for Glasstream’s redesigned 180 SE. Hit the throttle on this little baby and hang on- this boat, really moves out. Our test boat, powered by a MerCruiser 4.3l Alpha One stern drive, topped 46mph.
With only three quarters of a ton for the engine to push, the bullet-shaped bowrider has more than enough power to spare for pulling one, perhaps two water skiers. Ans she’s definitely designed with skiers in mind. They can exit and board the boat via the roomy integral platform, and on the way out, a stainless steel fold-down ladder provides steps from water to platform.
The engine hatch doubles as a spacious, comfortable sunpad, which opens to ex-pose the MerCruiser. On either side there’s enough space to store heat-tolerant gear like fenders and lines. Access around and under the engine is good. To help abate noise, the underside of the hatch is padded and carpeted.
In front of the engine hatch, a full-width benchseat provides seating for two. Sideboards have deep, carpet-protected inwales with built-in drink holders, great for stowing towels and clothing. Driver and companion have low-slung, deep bucket-type seats.
The companion side has a small but sturdy rail, a locking glove box, and an AM/FM cassette radio. The driver’s side has a full array of instruments with toggle switches and fuses for ships’s systems to port of the tilt wheel.
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The windshield is reinforced with heavy-duty posts and adjustable braces to keep it tight if it loosens up. The walk-through space is well padded on both sides and permits ample access to the bow.
Seat cushions/stowage compartment hatches in the bow section are hinged and have one particularly thoughtful touch. The underside where the foam padding and nylon attach to the plywood have vents to allow air to escape when someone sits down.
Performance is the word on the 180 SE, and if you’re looking to go fast without big fuel bills, this is it. To sum up, at 38mph she burned fewer than nine gallons per hour. If you get your hands on the 180 get ready for blast-off. She is a pocket rocket.
- Base price: N/A
- Standard Power: MerCruiser 3.0L with optional 4.3L
- Notable Standard Equipment: full instrumentation, welded S/S rails, convertible top, ski tow ring, hinged bow cushion, AM/FM stereo, boarding ladder, wraparound safety glass windshield, plush marine carpet, hinged ski stowage
- Deadrise at Transom: 29°
- Warranty: 5 year hull
Loa: 17’5” Beam: 7’5”
- Approx. Weight: 1,550lbs
- Fuel/Water Capacity: 28 gal./0 gal.
- Options: deluxe two-step boarding ladder, side curtains, canvas bow cover, Humminbird HDR-200l in-dash digital depthfinder w/alarm, sun deck, aft curtain