Demand for versatility in boating inspires breakthrough designs in big water dual consoles, while not forgetting our center console fishing legacy

Throughout the late summer and fall of 2011 Grady-White worked furiously on superbly engineering the all-new Freedom 285, introduced to dealers at the combination dealer meeting and sales training seminar held in New Bern, NC, on several warm, beautiful days in December 2011. Determined to have the best service and sales in the business through its dealers, Grady-White went all-out in dealer training at the meeting, with 15 different models in the water for dealer learning and testing and a rigorous seminar and meeting schedule. The 28-foot Freedom 285 dealers saw at the meeting was a full foot wider and longer than the Freedom 275 and was designed specifically to entertain with variety—never forgetting the fishing heritage. More room in the Freedom 285 made it ideal for socializing, all kinds of fun and all types of gear whether for fishing, diving, camping, tubing, wakeboarding or skiing. All of the requisite seating comfort and a very roomy head were there, and the boat was an immediate hit with the dealers.

At Miami in February 2012, Grady-White unveiled a prototype that would not be deemed “complete” until summer—a real game-changer, and the largest outboard dual console ever built to that date: the Freedom 335. Designed to “fish in comfort and cruise in style,” the Freedom 335 was big, luxurious and loaded with never before seen features and handsome detailing. Each console, port and starboard, is essentially a cabin, with the portside console set up for resting with a clever sliding full sized bunk and entertainment system, and the starboard side console head area containing full-sized cabinetry and counters and other amenities previously unheard of in any dual console ever. Seating and a table at the bow were innovative and very smartly engineered to be out of the way. And in the cockpit, the portside console has electronically controlled seating with great storage and a neat fold down countertop, and the starboard cockpit was set for entertaining with a wet bar and refrigerator feature and optional grill. The aft cockpit was set up for competitive fishing, if that was the owner’s choice, and a Sureshade® retractable shade device covered the aft cockpit. Truly, the 335 was engineered for comfort and style and appeal to a wide variety of age groups. At the top of the 2013 model year Grady-White offered a company record 27 models—truly a size and shape boat for any serious boating family! But the record wouldn’t last long.

See the video of the 285.
See the video of the 335.

In the fall of 2012, Grady-White continued to sweat the details on engineering great new features and products in anticipation of an improving economy and the coming of the 2014 model year. The Grady-White team hosted another excellent sales training seminar in December. And behind the scenes, Grady-White worked to introduce yet another incredible dual console. Actually, a new phrase was born for this special product, the “dual cabin boat,” touted as the “ultimate transformer,” the “biggest and best”— the Freedom 375, with literally dozens of features designed to make anyone’s idea of a dream day on the water come true including for the first time anywhere, the trademark Air View² Enclosure. See the 375 video. By the time the Miami show arrived in February 2013, the company was building nine different Freedom Series models and 28 models of all descriptions.