Glastron SX170 list

by John Kooy
(Barrie ON Canada)

I have a 2002 Glastron SX170 which has developed a list to starboard, about 1 1/2 inch in 4 ft. We suspect that water has got into the flotation foam from the bilge. Is this a manufacturing defect? Have others experienced this problem? How can it be fixed?

John Kooy
Barrie ON Canada
j.kooy@sympatico.ca

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May 17, 2016
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Sold Glastron
by: Jim

Well I sold the Glastron SX 170 OB. Looking for something a little larger probably twenty feet. The seventeen was a little small unless the water was perfectly calm which is hardly ever. Good luck everyone.

Mar 06, 2016
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Ski pole
by: Anonymous

I've been searching for a factory ski pole for my
2000 sx170
Anyone know where I can order

Jan 15, 2015
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SX 170
by: Jim

Hello all. Well here we are in 2015. I still have the Glastron SX 170 with a Johnson 115 HP OB. Motor still runs good. Boat has been good with the exception of the floor. I have noticed in the rear where the floor meets the rear bench set the wood has separated. The floor must be made in two parts. (not one continuous sheet of wood) The two parts have separated. The wood is not soft just the joining of the two sheets of plywood have lost their connection. I've decided just to live with it. The boat is now 15 years old so I can't see dumping a lot of money in it. Hopefully it will hold up a few more years.

Sep 26, 2011
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Glastron Leaning
by: Jim

Hello everyone. I have a 2000 Glastron SX 170 with a 115 HP Johnson OB. Since new the boat has leaned to starboard. As others have noted, there is extra weight on the starboard side with the battery, and steering gear. When you add my weight to the starboard side it leans even further. This leads to an uneasy feeling when waves hit the port of the boat. At times the boat feels as though it could roll over. In order to counteract the lean I placed small sandbag weights on the port side in the storage areas. I am not sure if this is safe due to stresses this may place on the hull. Other problems of note with this boat are gelcoat cracks.(Covered under warranty). Steering rack and cables replaced($1000.00). The usual items batteries, props, bilge pumps. The boat is fine for a small lake cruising and water sports. The Johnson 115 HP OB planes this hull in a matter of seconds. Lots of low end torgue. Top speed with a 3 blade aluminum prop is a tad under 40 MPH. I should mention that the engine does torque the steering very hard until you have it trimmed out properly. I have not experience with other manufacturers so I cannot compare this boat to any others. Overall it's been a fun experience.

Jun 27, 2011
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Reply to "Anonymous"
by: John Kooy

Thanks for your comment. Like you, I removed the skipole but installed a waterproof gasket over the hole. My Glastron has bubbles in the gel coat below the water line. One marina owner told me that this will result in "osmosis" i.e. migration of water through the skin into the foam. I spoke with the dealer who sold me the boat; he said, "Yes, it happens sometimes - tough that it happened to you." He no longer carries Glastron whose ownership has changed twice since I bought the boat. I cut my losses and bought a Sea Ray 175 I/O.

Jun 27, 2011
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Glastron SX 170 wet foam
by: Anonymous

I have a 2000 Glastron SX 170 with the same problem. Last year I removed the ski pole and I believe rain water poured into the stern through this access. The water will flow into the well but I assume some water flows over to the starboard side because of the slight list caused by the weight of the battery. As the area fills with water it will migrate over to the well. There is a hole in the floor by the battery where the main fuel hose from the filler cap goes to the gas tank. I believe the water has entered this hole and then saturated all the foam around it. The only cure is to cut a hole in the fiberglass in this area and then remove the wet foam. Install new foam. If you want to live with it, relocate the battery to the port side of the boat (requires longer battery cables) and make sure the ski pole is in place or that the hole is covered.

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