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  • Glastron or Mariah?

    Greetings all, First post! Been lurking around for awhile soaking up the advice this board offers. Now I have my question...

    Replacing my 94 Marada that was crushed when the boatport collapsed from snow/ice. Been looking at used but haven't seen anything the struck me as a deal. Then my wife and I saw a new 08 Mariah SX18. Nice lookiing boat with lots of features I like. Bottom line, 17.5K out the door. They also had a couple of 09 R18.9's for similiar prices. Started looking at what else was out there, closest price wise it an 08 Glastron 185 with similiar features for 16.9K.

    I want to stay in this price range so please don't tell me to go bigger. This suits me for the use and boat slip where it will rest between uses.

    My question is, are they comparable boats? I've seen posts about people giving somewhat negative reviews on the Mariahs but would like actual owners perspectives for both makes. Thanks!


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    Re: Glastron or Mariah?

    I dont know much about Mariahs we dont see too many where I am. But I owned a Glastron GS 180 for several years.

    It was fantastic. I would still have it had the motor not been shot and I did not want to repower, and I needed something slightly bigger. Solid dry ride. Smooth. I had no complaints what so ever with it. Awesome boat!

    The new ones are no wood construction their VEC process is really good. Mine was just before they switched and had a wood floor, but fiberglass stringers.
    I would not hesitate for one second to but another one.
    May you live long and lucky

    1991 Sea Nymph
    25 Yamaha

    2006 Rinker Captiva 192
    Mercruiser 4.3 Alpha One Gen II
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    • #3
      Re: Glastron or Mariah?

      Looked at both of them while searching for a boat. We really liked the price, looks and accessories of the Mariah, but quickly discovered that it's not in the same league as the Glastron. Glastrons are much better boats... IN MY OPINION .
      Our choice came down to a Searay, Crownline and a Glastron. The Glastron was in stock.
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      2005 Glastron GX-255
      Volvo 5.7 Gi-E w/ DP-SM

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      • #4
        Re: Glastron or Mariah?

        I've got a 2006 Mariah SX20 with the 5.0 EFI mercruiser. It looks nice and runs great. The new Mariahs don't have as good a reputation as the older ones but they don't have any wood in the hull and I have not had any problems with mine that were not self inflicted.

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        • #5
          Re: Glastron or Mariah?

          I would pass on the Mariah, simply because they've had a some what spotty financial history...if they go under (again), your warranty is meaningless.

          The 90's models of Mariah's were awesome boats...but they have nothing to do with the new 'Mariah' and (guys, correct me if I'm wrong) older owners warranties are worthless now...as new Mariah doesn't have anything to do with them.

          I would go with the Glastron given the choice of the two...VEC hull, zero wood, and Glastron has been around forever.

          That said...I'm biased...
          My Boat:
          1978 Glastron Carlson CVZ-18
          Project Thread - http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=357939

          1986 Bayliner Capri 1600 - SOLD
          Project Thread - http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=338265

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          • #6
            Re: Glastron or Mariah?

            Which engine and outdrive does each have?
            2003 Chaparral 183SS

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            • #7
              Re: Glastron or Mariah?

              Go with Glastron, the new Mariah's are owned by the old owners of the bankrupt Renken Boat family. The new Mariah's are very entry built boats. They also own the Sea Fox company.
              Captain Joey
              USCG OUVP 100 Ton with Towing Endorsement
              2005 Chaparral Signature 240
              Volvo 5.0GXI Duo-Prop

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              • #8
                Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                Jkust,
                They both have 3.0 Mercruisers.

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                • #9
                  Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                  I would go Glastron because of the History! I'm biased as well........
                  '71 Pipestone- Mariner Wavemaster '71 Volvo- Penta AQ170/270 I/O

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                  • #10
                    Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                    Pretty high asking prices for the entry level 3.0 engine.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                      I too would throw my vote behind Glastron in this comparison.
                      1993 Larson 200 SEI
                      Mercruiser 5.0, Gen II

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                      • #12
                        Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                        There are some biased Glastron owner's, glad to hear . When I was deciding, I heard the same comment regarding Mariah, "entry" level boat. The difference in the price was substantial. I then went to the boat show and really compared the boats. I wanted a Crownline, but the model I wanted was out of stock. Then looked at the Glastron, very similar to the Crownline and the one I wanted was in stock and ready to go. The Searay that I had been looking at was used by the dealer as a demonstration boat to go party at Peanut Island (West Palm Beach, FL), and he thought I might buy it since it was his last one in stock .

                        And, though I own a Glastron, and very happy with it, this is not intended as a biased opinion (I think ).
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                        2005 Glastron GX-255
                        Volvo 5.7 Gi-E w/ DP-SM

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                        • #13
                          Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                          Cannot comment on a Mariah never even heard of them. As for Glastron, I am sure you could look around and find a complaint fest on about any boat, which of course are one offs usually. I do not have a single complaint about my Glastron. Ride, performance, appearance, value, price, all are win win. Glastron has been stepping up their game each and every hear it seems with bang for the buck. So you wont go wrong with a Glastron choice as far as I am concerned.
                          What ever it is...if your getting friend, family, or self time away from the office on the water....what ever the flotation device....it cant be half bad!

                          `07 Glastron GXL 205 in Black Trim
                          5.0 GXi (270hp) Volvo Penta
                          SS VP Prop
                          Platform/Bimini
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                          • #14
                            Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                            Originally posted by Armada1950 View Post
                            Jkust,
                            They both have 3.0 Mercruisers.
                            Both at the high $ end with that 3.0 but that wasn't why you posted. I vote Glastron but wanted to be sure each had comparable power. Glastron has so much more going for it company and build wise than Mariah. It's not a premium boat but they are a well rounded boat. Do yourself a favor and take a test in each when you can. I would get some opionions on prices here as well.
                            2003 Chaparral 183SS

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                            • #15
                              Re: Glastron or Mariah?

                              Why limit to these two? Throw Stingray in the mix and others. Impressive performance and fuel economy. The 3.0 is the bottom (pits) of marine power. For this price, I would think you could get an 18' with a V-6 and not have to listen to all that noise and vibration. I had three of the older Mariahs and they were pretty good but the older ones are now older yet. Mine were 1992-1994s. Looks to me like it is a buyers market right now. If you have the dough there are tons of boats out there and you are in the driver's seat. Don't get in a hurry and don't get hustled. People with money are in the minority and people with boats they can't afford are in the majority.

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