Let’s take a closer look at the Glasstream 280 SCX in this boat review from Florida Sportsman. With the rise in popularity of recreational boating done with a mission of relaxation and cruising first overfishing under certain circumstances, the need for a boat that offers comfort and amenities angled towards that end hasn’t been lost on Glasstream Boats. This company is at the forefront of the industry when it comes to offering the features in a boat that can double as a fishing boat over a “poker run” style boat, rather than the other way around.
The 280 SCX model shares the performance aspects of her sister ship, the 280 PRO-XS- only offered in a deck layout more thoughtfully arranged for a group of friends to socialize on between stops at the local anchorage, sand bar, poker run watering hole or along the way to a dinner cruise. Seating forward of the console and in the cabin below provides an intimate setting for a relaxing cocktail cruise with friends- while a contoured bench seat across the transom with padded armrests and back support along with twin racing style helm seats offers a comfortable landing spot for when the throttles go down and it’s time to give your adrenaline a boost.
Despite the cruising layout coming to the front of this models’ personality, it’s not entirely necessary to give up your fishing hobby. The 280 SCX can accommodate your angling interests. This model comes rigged standard with a pair of live wells, four rod holders, and a 272-quart insulated fishbox.
Our test model arrived rigged with a radar arch hard top which lends a sportier look for the poker run crowd however, you can also choose this model with an optional T-top/hard top and outriggers to more effectively balance out the boat’s intended purpose between fishing and cruising.
Something of note about the 280 SCX is the fact that for such a sporty performance style hull, she offers pretty enviable fuel numbers for a boat in this class. Rigged with a pair of 200-HP Mercury’s, this model showed us 3.4 MPG cruising at 40 MPH. One couldn’t hope for more than that and with a range of greater than 400 miles on a tank you might find yourself in a high-performance boat that passes everything INCLUDING the fuel dock!
Glasstream 280 SCX
Deadrise: 24 degree
Max HP: 450
Base price: 108,500-
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