Built at the Glasstream yard in Panama City, Florida, the 280 ZS is a combination angling and pleasure center console that offers high-end performance with fishing amenities. The boat’s stepped-bottom hull offers more deadrise at the transom and runs more than 70 mph when equipped with twin Suzuki DF300AP 300-horsepower engines. Power options range from the big Suzuki engines down to smaller 150-hp outboards, which still offer good performance and provide the safety of twin engines. Measuring 27-feet, 8-inch long, the Glasstream 280 ZS on display at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show was rigged with Suzuki Precision Maneuvering that allows the driver to dock with ease thanks to joystick control.
Expert craftsmanship and a host of amenities give the Glasstream 280 ZS a high-end feel. For cruising, the boat features a sunpad in the bow, aft bench seat and high-end audio speakers strategically placed for the best sound. Anglers will appreciate the large livewell on the transom and padding on the interior of the gunwales, along with rod storage under the gunwales. The helm features a dash loaded with electronics, lighted accessory toggles and Garmin 7212 multi-function display. Drop-out bolsters provide a sturdy place for the pilot and co-pilot to stand or sit, and a substantial T-top offers plenty of handholds. There’s plenty of storage under the center console pod with room for an optional portable head. (850) 873-6205; glasstream.com
By Doug Thompson, Southern Boating Magazine July 2014