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Cockpit bolsters are held in position by clips fastened to the boat. The bolsters feature mounting brackets on the back which allow them to hang on the clips. In addition, the bottom edges of the bolsters are secured to the boat with screws. Remove the screws by inserting a screwdriver into holes along the bottom edge of the bolster. You may have to lie down on the deck to locate the screw access holes. After removing the screws, work the bolsters up and off of the mounting brackets.
Aluminum--Wash with mild soap and water (ex. Ivory liquid) after each use and every 2-3 weeks that the boat is left outside in a marine environment. Do not use harsh or abrasive cleaning products as they can remove the anodized coating which will cause pitting. Pay special attention to the upper tubes of a hardtop or t-top. These areas do not benefit from rainwater which will naturally help rinse off salt residue. Also, be sure the extend telescopic swim ladders to their full length to wash away salt deposits held within the tubing which may cause rust stains.
Stainless Steel--See info above. Can also polish with Flitz metal polish.
After cleaning, coat all metal parts and hardware with a non-abrasive metal protector such as Boeshield's T9 or Aluma Gard. These products displace moisture and leave a waxy film that will protect the surface from salt and other contaminants such as acid rain.
NOTE: Do not use abrasive cleaning polishes or products such as pads, steel wool, or steel brushes on anodized aluminum parts as they will damage the finish.
Parts can be obtained by contacting your nearest Grady-White dealership. They can assist with pricing and lead time if the part is not in stock at their facility. If the dealer is not close by, they can usually process your order by phone and have the part(s) drop-shipped to you directly. Click here to find your local dealer.
Can I repower my older Grady-White with new four stroke power?
The three most important factors to consider when repowering an older Grady-White with four stroke power are: 1) engine weight, 2) engine centers on twin engine applications and 3) maintenance of the boat.
Older Grady-White boats were designed for the lighter two stroke engines available at the time. Before purchasing the heavier four stroke engines, we recommend simulating the additional weight of the four stroke engine(s), while the boat is at rest in the water, to see how the additional weight affects the waterline of the boat.
On older twin engines boats, the two stroke engines are mounted on 26" centers. This means there is 26 inches in between the midpoint of the location of where each engine is mounted on the transom. Because the engine block and cowlings of the four-strokes are wider, the engines must be mounted further apart: 28 1/2" for transom mounted engines and 29" for twin engine bracketed boats. Engine centers do not apply to single engine installations.
Even with the best maintained boat, it is good practice to have a qualified marine technician administer the installation of any engine repower. Your local Grady-White dealer can also assist with engine repowering suggestions. Local dealer information can be found on the homepage by selecting the "Find a Dealer" tab.
No, Rain-X is not recommended for plastics of any type. We recommend cleaning with a mild, non-abrasive soap such as Ivory and lukewarm water. Let dry, then use a polish made specifically for plastics. Some popular choices are 210 (by Aircraft Spruce), 4U2POLISH (by 4U2SEA) or Clear View (by Aurora Marine). Your nearest Grady-White dealership or local marine store will likely have one or more of these items in stock. They can also be found and purchased online with a simple search.
Where can I find information of troubleshooting, installation and basic operation of my trim tabs on my Grady-White?
Bennett Trim tabs, manufacturers of the high quality trim tabs that Grady-White uses has produced some very nice instructional videos about trim tabs including troubleshooting, installation and basic operation. Click here to view the videos.
What are some good tips for winterizing my Grady-White?
Winterizing tips can be found in several places here on our website. The most thorough information for our recommendations for proper winterization techniques and procedures for specific boat models can be found by searching in your Grady-White Owner's Manual. Owners' manuals for 1978 as well as all 1984 and newer models can be downloaded from our website using the "downloads" tab on the home page (go to the "downloads" sub navigation under Grady Life) or by clicking here to navigate to our Owner's Manual area. Hard copies of Owner's Manuals can be obtained by sending a check for $7.50 made payable to Grady-White Boats, addressed to Grady-White Boats, PO Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835. Include the year and model of your boat. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery. Owner's Manuals (each of which contain information on winterizing) are available for download in PDF format by simply clicking here.More general information on winterizing can be found by using the search function in our "Customer Tips" area. Click here to go to Customer Tips. We also regularly do articles on winterizing in our Docklines e-newsletter publication. You can find a summary of the topics in each issue with the thumbnails of the issues. Then find the issues with winterizing topics and open an html version or a PDF for download. Click here to navigate to our Docklines archive.
Where do you suggest that we locate our transducer(s) on our Grady-White?
Click here for a list of suggested transducer locations to be used as a guideline. Where possible, Grady White recommends using shoot-through style transducers. There are exceptions: first for small boats that do not have sufficient access for through-hull mounts, we recommend transom-mounted transducers; and second for boats that have transducer flats molded into the hull, we recommend through-hull style transducers. This list is only a guideline, individual customers or dealers may prefer a different location or a different transducer type than the ones specified in this list.
What kind of engines does Grady-White use on their boats?
Grady-White uses the latest four stroke outboard technology from the Yamaha Motor Corporation. Grady-White has chosen to partner with Yamaha Marine because of their superior performance, consistent quality, and terrific technology over the years. Our factory technicians will pre-rig and install your choice of Yamaha four stroke engines. To learn more about the performance specifications of a particular boat and engine combination visit our "Find a Boat" area on the home page and select a boat model. Select the "Performance Data" button just below the boat's main specifications. Choose an engine package and maximize the view of the page to see the full results.
How do I restore the look of my boat's simulated wood-grain Duratrim?
On our older model boats, after years of exposure to the elements, the Duratrim simulated wood-grain trim may begin to fade. There is a product on the market called Penetrol that is excellent for restoring the faded Duratrim. Simply apply a small amount, allow to dry for a few minutes, and wipe off excess with a clean rag. You may need to repeat the process or allow the Duratrim to soak overnight if it is really weathered. Penetrol is available in most hardware and paint stores nationwide. If you have any questions about Penetrol or where to find it, call the Flood Company toll free at 1-800-321-3444.
Since the 1997 model year, we have been using Perko vented fuel fills on our boats. Until now, these fuel fills were not lockable. Perko has introduced a lockable insert that fits directly into the existing fuel fill on your Grady-White. Please note that the insert available fits 1997 to current model Grady-White boats. They can be purchased at most marine retailers such as Boaters World or West Marine. Ask for Perko Part # 0525DP0BLK used with fuel fill #0541.
Can I use 10% Ethanol Fuel in my Grady-White boat?
Recently there has been a great deal of interest in E10 Ethanol fuel or RFG Reformulated Gasoline. The use of this blended gasoline is growing. RFG is gasoline mixed with up to 10% grain alcohol or ethanol. This type of fuel burns hotter and cleaner which is better for the environment and makes us less dependent on foreign oil. There are some things you need to be aware of if you use these types of fuel:
If possible, it is best not to mix older type MTBE or non-ethanol fuel with ethanol fuel. In some locations E85 fuel has become available. Current outboard engines are not compatible with E85 fuel and it should not be used.
Ethanol acts as a solvent and causes any water, dirt debris or sludge build-up in your fuel tank to mix with gas. If any of these items enter into your fuel system from the gas tank, it could clog filters quickly and even get into your engine. We recommend installing new fuel filters before changing to ethanol fuel. 10 micron fuel filters have been developed by many outboard engine manufacturers to aid in the filtration process. When using RFG, it is more important than ever to check the fuel filters as part of your routine maintenance and replace them when necessary. Prepare ahead and have a couple of fuel filters on board. Lastly, RFG has a shorter shelf life compared to normal gasoline. It important to add non alcohol fuel stabilizers with every tank of fresh fuel.
For long term storage and winterization, Grady-White recommends storing your boat with a full tank of fuel. This will reduce the amount of water vapor in the tank and therefore reduce the amount of water in the fuel. Be careful not to over fill the tank, this could cause fuel spillage through the deck air vent as temperatures increase in the spring.
Recently, there have been reports in the media about ethanol fuel damaging fiberglass fuel tanks. This situation does not apply to Grady-White Boats; we have never used fiberglass fuel tanks. In addition, all Grady-White fuel system components (hoses, fittings) are compatible with E10 ethanol fuel.
Grady-White has a gel coat repair kit available to fix minor scratches. The gel is a custom color to match the existing Grady-White gel coat. The kit comes complete with the gel coat paste, catalyst, and detailed application instructions. Please keep in mind that on older boats, due to gel coat oxidation, there may be a slight variance in color between the boat gel color and the repair kit. The part number for the kit is 30-029 and it can be purchased directly from your local Grady-White dealer. Local dealer information can be found on the homepage by selecting the "Find Dealer" tab.
What type of trailer should I purchase for my Grady-White?
Grady-White boats are constructed for strength and durability. Either bunk or roller type trailers can be used with our hulls. We recommend choosing whichever type trailer you feel most comfortable using. Your dealer can assist with the decision making process. The trailer should be properly rated for the loaded weight of your boat. It should also be set up correctly for the contour of the hull bottom. We provide trailer specifications to all the major trailer manufacturers. If you have any questions regarding the loaded weight of your boat or need the trailer specifications, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To obtain information about boat values you can go online to www.nada.com. Values are listed back to 1971. NADA and BUC both have used boat price guides available at most book stores or your nearest marina.
Owners' manuals for 1978, 1984 and newer models can now be downloaded from our website using the "downloads" tab on the home page or by clicking here.
Hard copies can be obtained by sending a check for $7.50 made payable to Grady-White Boats, addressed to Grady-White Boats, PO Box 1527,Greenville, NC 27835. Include the year and model of your boat. Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.
Level flotation means that if a boat was to take on water and become swamped it would stay in an upright position in calm seas. The US Coast Guard requires that all boats under 20 feet in length provide level flotation. The US Coast Guard tests and certifies boats under 20 feet to ensure level flotation requirements are met. There are no flotation requirements for boats 20 feet and over, yet Grady-White models of these lengths provide "basic flotation." Basic flotation means that if the boat was to become swamped there still would be a portion above the waterline that you would be able to hold on to until help arrives. We all understand the importance of safety; that's why Grady-White boats are unsinkable.
For pricing information, contact your nearest Grady-White dealership. Your dealer can price a boat with the options you desire that will meet the needs of your entire family. You can find your nearest dealer using the dealer locator found near the top of this page.