"13 for 13!" NMMA Recognizes Grady-White Boats with Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Award
Grady-White Boats was recently honored with the 2014 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the fiberglass outboard boats segment by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2014 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, FL. Grady-White Boats achieved a 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction from new buyers surveyed between April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
“Customers are inseparable from a company’s success, and this year’s CSI award recipients have embraced this fundamental understanding by cultivating an exceptional ownership experience,” notes Robert Newsome, director of engineering standards for NMMA. “We congratulate these 46 manufacturers for their dedication to their customers and commitment to enhancing the boating lifestyle.”
Grady-White continues to be recognized for superb customer satisfaction, having received top honors from every third party study conducted.
For more information regarding the CSI program visit: www.nmma.org.
Sport Fishing Fish Trial Highlights 251 CE Coastal Explorer
Grady-White Supports Pending Legislative Repeal of Ethanol Mandate
In December 2013, a group of U.S. Senators introduced a bill that would eliminate the federal government’s rule that requires corn-based fuel be included in the country’s gasoline blend. Because ethanol is problematic especially in smaller outboard engines and thus could potentially lead to unsafe boating situations and less reliable boat operation, Grady-White Boats, along the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and National Association of Marine Manufacturers (NMMA), supports the proposed bill that would eliminate the mandate: the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act of 2013.
Originally intended as a means to boost the agricultural sector and reduce foreign oil imports while creating a new American industry, the corn ethanol mandate has been opposed by marine manufacturers including Grady-White because of safety issues and confusion about fuel among consumers. Many in the agribusiness and food production also argue that the mandate will drive up food prices.
Others in the marine industry believe as well that there are alternatives to high levels of corn ethanol in fuels that achieve the goal of a reduction in the use of foreign oil and that the mandate is thus unneeded.
Grady Fest IV: The All American Grady Life Celebrated
The sun was smiling and so were the faces of the over 300 Grady-White boat owners and enthusiasts attending Grady Fest IV, the weekend of March 21, 2014, in Fort Myers Beach, FL. The docks of Fish Tale Marina were lined with Grady-Whites ranging from 19' to 37', and from the opening docktails reception with live music and dancing on Friday to the Sunday morning raft-up in Estero Bay, participants put fun on the foredecks and camaraderie in the cockpits for this vivacious celebration of The Grady Life.
Billed as the “All American Grady Fest,” this was the fourth gathering in five years of Grady fans from around the continent. Seventeen Grady-White Owners Clubs including the host Fish Tale Grady Club, and twelve Florida dealerships including lead sponsor Fish-Tale Sales and Service were represented, plus seven Grady factory executives were on deck including President Kris Carroll. Along with all-day fun and fellowship, there were lively presentations on boating lifestyle topics ranging from technical operations, product developments and maintenance, to sun safety, destination planning, fishing tips and boat handling. The main event tent welcomed Grady-White engineers, a Coast Guard commander, detailing pro and charter captain for engaging question-and-answer sessions. The Grady Lady tent was the scene for information exchange on travel, sportswoman fishing, docking procedures, sun protection and customizing-boatkeeping tips.
The event was topped off Sunday morning with the World’s Largest Raft-Up of Grady-Whites, accomplished in two hours. Fifty boats participated including a patrol of the local Coast Guard Auxiliary, a logistics crew, photo boat and spontaneous passers-by. Grinning and waving for the cameras, participants showed their Grady pride with horns blaring and flags waving before heading home to waypoints east, north and south. As Captain Pecharis said, “Hot dogs, apple pie, and Grady-White Boats. It doesn’t get more American than this!”
A photo album highlighting the Grady Fest IV weekend and The Grady Life can be viewed at the Grady-White Boats Facebook page. More are being added to The Grady Life gallery under Grady Fest at gradywhite.com.
Grady-White Urges Support For New Online Boating Advocacy Forum
Breakthrough, All-New Grady-White 251 CE Coastal Explorer On Display At Boat Shows Now! See Where!
Be sure to take an up close and personal look at the premiere off-the-beaten-track coastal family fun-and-fishing boat—the Grady-White 251 CE Coastal Explorer—at a boat show near you. Measuring 24' 7" (7.49m) down the center with a hull draft of just 14 inches (.36 m), this sporty center console is the first of a whole new category of Grady-White boats—the Coastal Explorer series. The truly incomparable ride of Grady-White's exclusive SeaV2TM hull ensures capable, confident offshore performance far beyond others, and the long list of innovative features promises genuine comfort and unmatched versatility inshore. Quality, safety, reliability and performance: the quite amazing Grady-White 251 CE Coastal Explorer!
See a new category of boat, Grady-White's 251 CE Coastal Explorer at these events:
New England Boat Show Feb 22-Mar 2 Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Bayside Marine
Savannah Boat & Outdoor Show Mar 7-9 Savannah Trade & Convention Center Hilton Head Boathouse
Inshore Piece of Heaven, Offshore Peace of Mind: Grady-White Boats Enters New Category, Introduces All-New Grady-White 251 CE (Coastal Explorer)
Grady-White is pioneering a whole new category of inshore/offshore boat with the introduction of the sporty 251 CE, “Coastal Explorer.” The 251 CE is the first of its kind from Grady-White, and is designed to provide a piece of heaven for practicality, utility, ease of use and comfort around back waters, beaches, waterways, sounds and inlets, along with Grady-Built peace of mind. Here’s the Grady-White answer for off-the-beaten-track coastal fun and versatility in skinnier water. Although created for use inshore, the 251 CE is not a “bay boat,” offering much more offshore capability and versatility than any boat in that genre.
The 251 CE Coastal Explorerfeatures low gunwales that provide very easy access to the water, and a bow ladder for beaching. This low profile look is all new for Grady-White, and the boat offers performance to match its style. Transformable seats forward and aft go from bench style to lounge, and make the boat perfect for relaxing and fun for socializing. As with every Grady-White, add rods and tackle and you have a fishing boat that is truly without peer.
The 251 CE is every inch a solid, proven center console backed by over 50 years of heritage and design success that only Grady-White can offer. Her loaded features will further add to customer satisfaction levels earned from a reputation for quality, reliability, safety and craftsmanship.
Established in 1959, Grady-White currently builds 29 models of saltwater-tough, versatile, high quality center console, dual console, express and walkaround cuddy cabin sportfishing and coastal family boats from 18 to 37 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC. Grady-White is historically renowned for and highest rated in customer satisfaction in its category by every third party study ever done in the marine industry. The company has been privately owned by Marine Industry Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968.
Grady-White Joins Fishing Advocacy Group
Grady-White now sponsoring partner of Center for Coastal Conservation
A heritage of sportsmanship, fisheries conservation and environmental stewardship is a part of every Grady-White.
The Center for Coastal Conservation announced that Grady-White Boats and three other boat companies have joined as sponsors. The center is a coalition of advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. It is dedicated to promoting sound conservation and wise use of ocean resources and supports federal legislators through its political action committee, Center PAC.
"We are incredibly grateful and pleased to have the support of these boatbuilder partners," Center for Coastal Conservation President Jeff Angers said. "All share our vision for the future of recreational fishing and boating, and their presence within our organization will serve to strengthen our abilities to advance federal public policy that benefits the entire fishing and boating community."
The organization is non-partisan and focuses on having an impact in the national political arena, principally Congress and federal regulatory agencies, to promote a quality recreational fishery and improve angling and boating access.
America's 11 million marine recreational fishermen generate more than $70 billion in economic output, supporting more than 450,000 jobs. The center's membership includes individuals and the major players in marine conservation and recreational boating and fishing.
Non-profit members include the American Sportfishing Association, the Coastal Conservation Association, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, the International Game Fish Association and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Eddie Smith, Jr., Grady-White Boats CEO, Receives Billfish Foundation’s Top Honor
Eddie Smith, owner and CEO of Grady-White Boats, was awarded the Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award on Friday, November 1, 2013, at the Billfish Foundation annual gala in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The award, named after legendary boat builder and conservationist John Rybovich, is the Billfish Foundation’s highest honor, presented to members of the sportfishing community who have excelled in their contributions to gamefish stewardship and the associated sportfishing and boating industries.
Smith is recognized for his life-long devotion of time and energy toward ocean and fisheries conservation initiatives through his active role in many organizations including the Billfish Foundation, as well as his dedication to designing and building outstanding fiberglass sportfishing boats.
Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White, accepted the award on behalf of Smith. “Eddie wants me to share with you how proud and humbled he is to be chosen to receive this honor,” Carroll said. “In Eddie’s words: ‘The conservation of our fisheries resources for the generations to come is of utmost importance to all of us, and I am happy to have been able to play even a small role in that effort.’”
A crowd of 320 Billfish Foundation members and guests gathered at the event to recognize Smith as well as two other Rybovich Award honorees, Maumus Claverie, Jr., and Captain Ron Hamlin.
Eddie Smith has owned Grady-White Boats since 1968. Under his steady hand the company has been dedicated to building the ultimate outboard powered sportfishing boats. Over those 45 years, the Grady-White brand has become synonymous with fisheries conservation and been set apart from others by continued product excellence in quality, reliability, performance and style. Visitors are welcome to tour the factory in Greenville, NC, and meet the motivated craftspeople currently building 28 boat models.
Grady-White Plant Tour Registration Now Available Online
Interested in touring the Grady-White factory to meet the craftspeople who create our boats, and see how Gradys are built? It's easier than ever! Fill out this simple form to indicate your preferred date and time, and the number in your party, and your personal tour guide will be available to greet you. Of course, you are welcome to call us at 252-752-2111 to make arrangements.
All of the associates here in Greenville, North Carolina, will be very pleased to meet you. Tours are available most weekdays between 8 A.M. and 2:30 P.M., holidays excluded.
Register today! Once you see how how our boats are made, you'll be sure to Get the Grady!
Grady-White Is “12 for 12,” Receiving NMMA CSI Award for Top Customer Satisfaction Ranking Twelve Times in a Row
LOUISVILLE, KY: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has again awarded Grady-White Boats the CSI Award, the trade association’s top recognition for customer satisfaction. This is the twelfth year of the association’s study of customer satisfaction among boat and boat engine owners. Grady-White has received the award in the category of fiberglass outboard boats all twelve years.
The marine industry CSI Award program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. The 2013 award recipients achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Participating manufacturers must survey all new boat buyers during this period. For this reporting period, the program surveyed more than 50,000 consumers.
Grady-White received an exceptionally high benchmark score.
“Customer satisfaction is critical to the success and growth of the recreational boating industry and its CSI award recipients that set the bar on delivering an exceptional customer experience,” notes Robert Newsome, director of engineering standards for NMMA. “We are proud and flattered to be recognized once again for excellence in customer satisfaction by the NMMA with this amazing twelfth CSI award in a row,” said Shelley Tubaugh, vice president of marketing at Grady-White Boats. “Grady-White Boats and Grady-White dealers believe that our dedication to achieving the very highest levels of customer satisfaction is an acknowledgement that we are reaching our goal of providing our customers with the ultimate boating experience through owning a Grady-White.”
For more information regarding the CSI program visit: www.nmma.org.
Grady-White was founded in 1959 and builds 28 boat models from 18 to 37 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC. The company has been under private ownership by National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith since 1968. We welcome visits to our award-winning factory for everyone to meet our outstanding team of dedicated craftsman.
Freedom 335 and Express 330 Named Top Boats by Boating Magazine
Boating Magazine: Grady-White Freedom 335 One of 2012’s Top Boats of the Year; Grady Express 330 Named One of Top Boats of the Millennium
MIAMI, FL: Acknowledging the superior quality and value of the products that Boating magazine selects for its cover, Boating editors recently gave kudos to Grady-White Boats by naming the Grady-White Freedom 335 as one of the Top Ten Boats of 2012, and Grady’s Express 330 as one of the top Boats of the Year 2000-2012.
Grady-White’s Freedom 335 was introduced in February 2012. Boating editor-in-chief Kevin Falvey said of the big water dual console style boat, “The Freedom 335 has an incredible balance of ruggedness, luxury, thoughtful design and engineering. You’ll find attention to details: no-rattle lids, hidden fasteners, and keeper rails on shelves and work surfaces. This boat is the ticket to ride for those who enjoy a variety of boating activities with as little compromise as possible.”
Grady-White’s Express 330 cabin model was introduced in 2001 and was then named Boat of the Year. Boating wrote, “Every once in a while a boat model is introduced that stands out in so many ways it becomes a ‘category killer.’ These are boats that changed the game in the niche they occupy–often rippling other niches as well. You can just say ‘Wow.’ The boat has the range, the fuel economy, comfort, and fishing and cruising abilities of any serious inboard sportfish of comparable length. Yet it also has the speed, interior volume, running angle and ease of use of an outboard.” Over the past 12 years the 330 has remained one of the most popular, well-loved boats in the Grady-White line-up.
Grady-White produces safe, reliable, superbly engineered sportfishing boats that offer unparalleled versatility for any water activity from offshore fishing to watersports to evening cruises. The Grady-White line-up for 2013 includes 28 models ranging from 18 feet to 37 feet and features express cabin, walkaround cabin, center console and dual console style boats. Grady-White’s factory is located at 5121 M.L. King Jr. Highway in Greenville, NC and the company welcomes guest for tours of the facility every weekday. Call 252-752-2111 now for your factory tour.
The Ultimate Transformer: Grady-White Again Captures Top of the Market in Big Water Boating Versatility With Introduction of New 37-Ft Outboard Dual Console Freedom 375
Specifications: Freedom 375 - 37' Dual Console
Beam Amidships: 13'2" (4.01 m) Center Line Length: 36'7" (11.15 m) Cockpit Depth: 28" (.71 m) Cockpit Area: 85 sq. ft. (7.89 m²) Hull Draft: 29" (.74 m) Maximum HP: 1050 (783 kW)
Outboard Shaft Length: Port & Starboard Engines: 25" (0.64 m) Center Engine: 30" (0.76 m) Standard Fuel Capacity: 320 gal. (1211 l) Transom Width: 11'4" (3.45 m)
MIAMI, FL: In today's market, versatility and high function are the name of the game in coastal boating. Befitting an unmatched pedigree and 54-year history of building superbly engineered fishing boats, plus a long head start versus competitors in designing multifunctional big water boats, Grady-White unveiled the flagship of boating freedom, the "ultimate transformer," the dual console Freedom 375 at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show. The new Freedom 375 is far more than a larger, beamier sister ship of the groundbreaking 33-foot Freedom 335 that debuted at Miami in 2012. The new 375 not only eclipses the category in sheer size, but also ups the ante in style with upscale refinements and wish list achievements inspired by the growing number of enthusiasts for the company's nine different models of dual consoles from 18 to now 37 feet. Thanks to the design engineers at Grady-White, the new Freedom 375 offers a top-of-the-line multifunctional treasure trove of amenities and features that truly put the incredible Freedom 375 on a new level and in a category all her own.
The 375 "ultimate transformer" features include innovative deluxe cushioned seating and smart configuration of hideaway sliding seats, berth and storage units. There's a pull-out Corianï¿½ countertop set behind the companion seating, and a summer kitchen/wet bar integrated behind the helm seating. The 32 cubic feet of storage in the floor below the companion seating area allows plenty of stowage for water toys and gear, meaning quick and easy conversion for multipurpose use. The Freedom 375 can just as easily take a crowd to the offshore fishing grounds as it can accommodate a wreck dive group, grandkids' tow sports, or friends on a sunset cruiseï¿½and all on the same day if that's the captain's desire! Overhead, Grady-White's exclusive AVï¿½ï¿½ "Air View Squared" hardtop enclosure with sunroof is unlike anything else in the market, allowing both unobstructed sightseeing and protection from the sun. What's more, shade-or-sun possibilities are augmented by the Freedom 375 standard Sureshadeï¿½ retractable sunshade. Grady's AVï¿½ï¿½ enclosure creates the feel of a protected porch or lanai, but allows in the wafting sea breezes. There is easy access overhead rod storage and even an optional fold-down flatscreen TV and dedicated overhead first aid compartment in this one-of-a-kind hardtop. Without a doubt, here's a boat that should be seriously considered by those looking at larger dual consoles and also by those thinking of purchasing larger cruisers or picnic style boats.
From the roomy-for-six-or-more deluxe bow area with a rounded seating/socializing area sporting two remarkably clever "half moon" stowable tables that allow full access forward to the spacious separate lounge cabin and head consoles, to the magnificent helm, companion and cockpit seating, and all the way aft to reliable Yamaha four-stroke outboard power plants (with triples, up to 1050 HP) and the sturdy fiberglass fish-swim-or-dive-access transom door, Grady-White has taken an extraordinary and evolutionary step ahead with this open style boat with expanded pleasure built into every inch of the boat's 36' 7" (11.15 m) center line length.
Beyond the many refinements, innovations and engineering detail, the Freedom 375 is solidly Grady-Built with the company's signature strength, safety, unsinkable foam flotation, and fit-and-finish quality. The exclusive C. Raymond Hunt Associates designed SeaVï¿½ï¿½ hull powered by ultra-reliable Yamaha dual or triple engines (available with Yamaha Helm Masterï¿½ control system) delivers a smooth ride and is so easy to navigate that the performance may be a surprise to those uninitiated to the sure, steady tracking of a Grady-White. The Freedom 375 hull offers incomparable seaworthiness and handling, around any dock and in practically every sea condition.
"Today's boaters want the ability to do so many different things on a day out on the water," says Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of marketing. "In developing the Freedom 375 we listened to dealer input and to our customer families including members of our growing Grady-White Clubs, who are the inspiration for each and every one of our boats, and the result is this ultimate multifunction boat. We envision three generations of the same family going out together, so the 375 really delivers functionality for activities for every age group. Whether family and friends are fishing, diving, rafting up, exploring, sightseeing, camping, using tow toys, water skis or wakeboards, swimming, lounging, listening to music or participating in a Grady Club event, everyone aboard our flagship Freedom 375ï¿½young and oldï¿½enjoys a boat that truly does all water activities in the very best of style."
Freedom 375 easy-to-access, sleekly styled, stand-up headroom consoles with air conditioning are singular in the industry. "The portside console cabin is a great 'napping lounge' for resting kids or adults, offering a roomy and comfortable full sized sliding bunk and also an aft bunk, both a full 80 inches (2.03 m) long," says David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering. This portside console houses the entertainment center with a 19" flatscreen television and an iOS compatible stereo system (works with most iPhones and iPods) along with satellite sound delivered all around the boat through eight speakers. The portside console also has a plush bench seat, cedar lined closet, mirror and bulk storage. This console is snug and well protected yet has an open feel. "It's especially convenient to double the function and accentuate the privacy since the 'resting' cabin is in the portside console and the shower and head are in the starboard console," Neese remarks. "I also refer to the consoles as 'changing rooms' because, in addition to their obvious functions, that's how I've seen people actually use them."
The handsome and handy starboard console features a sink, folding door shower and head enclosure, plus a stylish, lighted vanity mirror over the sink. The head is a VacuFlushï¿½ system, and you'll find storage drawers, bulk storage and even a microwave in this console. "Fish or swim all day, shower up and change clothes, whip up a snack or head straight out to dinnerï¿½it's all possible in this Grady!" says Neese. Both console areas have beautiful detailing and cherry and holly-style soles.
Just outside the portside console is a deluxe L-shaped companion bench seat. Behind this comfortable seating there's an electronically operated sliding lounge cockpit seat. A compartment in the seat pulls out to reveal handsome Corianï¿½ countertops that lift for easy access to roomy storage drawers. Below this seat is a storage area for favorite beverages and accompaniments. You can go from fishing to "fishing party" or just "party" in minutes. The social function of the cockpit area is enhanced by the starboard summer kitchen/wet bar featuring a 1300W grill, refrigerator and sink. You can get your fresh catch cooking right off the hook! A recessed pullout faucet at the sink is handy for any kind of clean up. Aft of the wet bar is a patented, extra large foldaway bench seat with cushion. You can opt for a starboard cockpit side door aft of the wet bar, and the aft wraparound lounge seat offered as an option to the bench seat. And as you will discover in every Grady-White built today, aboard the Freedom 375 there are stainless lined drink holders almost anywhere you want to set a drink down.
Grady-White's Freedom 375 cockpit is as ready to go fishing anywhere and anytime as much as any macho center console, with proficiency and certainly in greater style. The 120-quart (114 l) transom cooler can be transformed to an optional 30-gallon (114 l) lighted livewell featuring Grady-White's full column water distribution inlet and an 1100 GPH (4164 LPH) pump. There are rod racks or holders where you need them (yet out of the way), storage for all kinds of tackle, and the aft fish/ice box is a whopping 208 quarts (197 l) that can be optionally equipped with a digitally controlled freezer-cooler feature. At the starboard bow area are an additional 108 quarts (two 54-quart/51 l boxes) of insulated storage. The fact that she fishes comfortably and like a champ by no means sacrifices any of the myriad of other recreational pleasures of this boat when fishing is not on the agenda.
A recessed freshwater shower on the transom is great for cleaning sunglasses or reels, or for a quick rinse-off after water sports; a 6-gallon (23 l) water heater is standard for hot showers. Grady-White's overboard-draining boxes and decks plus both pressurized raw water and fresh water washdowns all ensure that clean up is a breeze: everything just soaps up, hoses down and wipes off. Like every Grady-White, the Freedom 375 is completely self-bailing by force of gravity. Of course, every piece of deck hardware aboard the Freedom 375 is the very best premium grade 316 stainless.
Close the walkthrough windshield and wood-grain accented folding gate to the bow, and with the Clear2seaï¿½ canvas curtains everything buttons up tight for a snug ride home if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
The size, comfort and utility of the helm seating and helm station are phenomenal. The helm seat with dual flip-up bolsters comfortably accommodates three adults and is electronically operated, thus easily adjustable to suit anyone. An extra large, unobstructed windshield ensures clear sight lines for added safety. A handsome and stylish steering wheel is adjustable. The flush mount electronics area is large enough for multiple 15" screens and more, and is detailed with a stitched upholstered brow for a luxe look. When temperatures really warm up, the helm area can be air conditioned with power from the dock or the 8 kW generator.
You can't have the ultimate in versatility without the capacity to take all the gear alongï¿½fishing tackle and rods, skis, wetsuits, and dive tanksï¿½you name it. That's why storage aboard the Freedom 375 is cavernous, even considering that this is a 37-foot boat. There is roomy bulk storage at your feet and at your service under the companion seating area. The consoles both offer big bulk storage roomy enough for camping gear, beach toys and more. There are plenty of storage nets, drawers and other handy stow spots around. If you want to take all the water toys along, this boat can truly handle them.
Established in 1959, Grady-White currently builds 28 models of saltwater-tough, versatile, high quality center console, dual console, express and walkaround cuddy cabin sportfishing and coastal family boats from 18 to 37 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC. Grady-White is historically renowned for and highest rated in customer satisfaction in its category by every third party study ever done in the marine industry. The company has been privately owned by Marine Industry Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968.
New videos of the Freedom 285 and Freedom 335!
We've just posted new videos of our Freedom 285 and Freedom 335 dual consoles! Watch them now on the Grady-White Video Gallery!
Grady-White Introduces iPhone Mobile App to Enhance the Grady Life Boating Experience and Company/Dealer Contact for Customers and Enthusiasts
Grady-White owners and enthusiasts can now get performance data and specifications for all current models along with walkthrough and lifestyle videos, direct dealer and company contact information, GPS controlled local coastal weather, tide and inlet tables, instantly accessible boating safety and assistance links, plus a taste of the Grady owner’s pleasurable boating experience all at the touch of a screen with Grady-White’s newly released Grady Life iPhone app. The new iPhone mobile application is available free via the Apple iTunes Store. Download it now!
“With more and more of our customers using mobile devices—many of them iPhones—it is time to introduce our own iPhone application aimed at providing accurate up-to-the minute information about our products plus features and links that enhance the ownership enjoyment of the experience we call the ‘Grady Life,’ ” says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing at Grady-White Boats. “We’ve included Grady Owners’ Clubs contacts, dealer and club events calendars as well as a customer photo gallery and links to our social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and our YouTube channel.”
“Here’s a one-stop shop for all things Grady-White,” says Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of market research and relationship development. “Our new Grady Life iPhone app puts the on-the-go customer in touch with his or her Grady-White dealer and with us here at the company, and provides relevant information specific to exactly where the user is located. What’s more, iPhone users can get a sense of the genuine fun that owning a Grady-White provides. We think this is one more example of Grady-White being the ultimate in boating satisfaction.”
Kris Carroll: 2012 Manufacturer of the Year! Center for Coastal Conservation inaugurates award in honor of Eddie Smith
Grady White Boats President Kris Carroll (second from left) receives an antique sextant commemorating the inaugural Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award from the Center for Coastal Conservation. She is congratulated by Bob Hayes (left), general counsel of Coastal Conservation Association; Jeff Angers, president of Center for Coastal Conservation and Mike Nussman (right), president of American Sportfishing Association.
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of her conservation leadership, the Center for Coastal Conservation (Center) honored Kris Carroll with its inaugural Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award. Carroll serves as president of Grady White Boats and was an early board member of the Center.
“Kris Carroll is an exemplary marine manufacturer,” said Mike Nussman, president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) in presenting the award. “She is focused on the business of the boating business, and she knows that conservation of America's fishery resources is a vital part of her business.”
The Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year award was established by the Center to honor extraordinary commitment to conservation by manufacturers. An icon in marine manufacturing, Smith served on the boards of National Marine Manufacturers Association; Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation; International Game Fish Association, Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council; National Association of Boat Manufacturers; American Boat and Yacht Council, and the Sport Fishing Institute. He was instrumental in founding the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina. Smith received the first-ever ASA Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the NMMA Hall of Fame.
“Eddie Smith has long been charting the course for responsible conservation of America's marine fishery resources and has continually strived to connect manufacturing with conservation,” said Center President Jeff Angers. “When the Center proposed to unite sportfishing and conservation advocates to marine manufacturing, Eddie was among the first to say ‘count me in.'”
Carroll continues in active leadership roles throughout in the industry. She is an 18–year member of the NMMA board; former chairman of the Boat Manufacturers Board, and active on the Advisory Council of Boat Owners' Association of the United States (Boat U.S.). Carroll rose quickly through the ranks at Grady–White Boats, starting as a production control clerk in 1975 and eventually being named vice–president of engineering and manufacturing. She was named president of Grady–White Boats in 1993 and at the time the only woman to hold such a post in the boat manufacturing industry. Carroll's ability to assemble and inspire the best managers, her steadfast beliefs, and her hard work continue to set an example for the entire industry.
The Center for Coastal Conservation brings under a single umbrella the leading advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating. The organization promotes sound conservation and use of ocean resources by backing federal legislators who support its goals. For more information, visit www.CoastalConservation.com
Alan Jones for Boating World fishes our Canyon 271: See what he has to say!
Alan Jones for Boating World walks you through the Grady-White Canyon 271 center console in this Round Up 2012 video. Hear what Alan has to say about a fishing trip with his father, brother, nephews and Grady-White’s Jim Hardin on a run out to the Gulfstream from North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Thanks, Boating World, for letting us showcase this video!
More Beam, More Wide Open Cockpit: New 28-Freedom 285 Dual Console
Specifications:Fisherman 285 - 28' Dual Console
Beam Amidships: 9' 6" (2.89 m) Center Line Length: 28' (8.53 m) Cockpit Depth: 27" (.69 m) Cockpit Square Footage: 65 sq. ft. (6.04 m2) Hull Draft: 20" (.51 m)
Maximum HP: 600 (448 kW) Outboard Shaft Length: 25" (.64 m) Standard Fuel Capacity: 218 gal. (825 l) SeaV²(continuously variable vee hull) Weight w/o Engines: 5980 lb. (2713 kg)
GREENVILLE, NC: Grady-White customers are showing great enthusiasm for dual console boats, in large part because this style is so well suited for families who enjoy a variety of water sports and leisure activities. For 2012 the company introduces a 28-foot (8.53 m) dual console, the Freedom 285. This addition to the line is a full foot wider at the beam than her sistership, the Freedom 275, providing 65 square feet (6.04 m2) of wide-open cockpit space. Saltwater tough, comfortable and versatile, this cool cruiser is perfect for inland and coastal waters."We're providing a lot more room in the Freedom 285 for socializing and all kinds of fun and all types of gear whether for fishing, diving, camping, tubing, wakeboarding or skiing," says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing at Grady-White. "Entertaining friends and family is what this boat is all about."Not only is the bolstered cockpit more spacious, so is the enclosed head area in the port console. "An adult can change clothes in this console area," Weller points out, "so you can go from a day on and in the water direct to a waterside restaurant for dinner. If you opt for the grill arrangement, you can feed the crew their favorites wherever you are-we even include a standard removable table for the bow or cockpit. These features make it possible for everyone to really enjoy day-long outings whether offshore at a secret fishing spot, beaching it on the coastline, or tucked in at a secluded cove."Storage space abounds on every Grady-White, and the 285 has aplenty. The lockable port console includes a compartment that runs forward, underneath the bow seating, providing a perfect place to stow rods, skis or swim noodles. There is more storage area in the lockable starboard compartment for tools, toys, snorkel and dive gear, picnic baskets, extra towels-whatever a crew needs for all-day comfort and adventures. There's a handy pullout drawer under the helm for odds and ends.The helm area itself features a larger windshield and instrument panel with a repositioned compass so the sightline is excellent. Standard helm seating is a deluxe adjustable pedestal seat and a footrest. Available as an option is an electronically adjustable helm lean bar seat. Behind the helm seat is a sink, storage drawer and trash compartment. The sink can be replaced with a 1300-watt grill. Other standard seats include Grady-White's patented port lounge seat that's electronically extendable (nap anyone?), a patented aft bench seat that easily folds away, and a comfy bow box cushion at both port and starboard. An optional insert turns the bow into a fishing platform or, with the cushion, a perfect sunning station. To keep the crew hopping, the MP3 stereo system with auxiliary audio connections comes with six speakers (two aft, two at the helm, and two forward) and is satellite ready. And to help keep everyone hydrated, drink holders are everywhere around the cockpit-twelve of them, with two more at the optional wet bar area. For the family that fishes there are four gunwale rod holders and a horizontal rack for three rods on deck. A 32-gallon (121.13 l) livewell is available with light, full column distribution inlet, and 1100 GPH (4,164 LPH) pump. The shade-providing optional hardtop with radio box, storage nets, two speakers, and spreader lights also includes outrigger plates, and a 15-foot (4.57 m) outrigger kit is available. The standard insulated aft fish box (185 quarts/175.1 l) with cutting board and forward starboard fish box (135 quarts/127.8 l) both drain overboard. The integrated outboard mounting system provides an easy access swim platform through the fiberglass transom door with heavy-duty positive locking latch, and includes a four-step ladder really appreciated by water sports enthusiasts young and older alike. There's a freshwater shower at the transom, too, just the ticket for a rinse off or cleaning sunglasses. Like every Grady-White, the Freedom 285 is completely self-bailing with overboard draining by force of gravity, and foam-filled for flotation. Every piece of deck hardware is premium 316 stainless. The exclusive SeaV2 hull delivers a true tracking, smooth and dry ride.Established in 1959, Grady-White builds a variety of saltwater-tough, versatile, high quality center console, dual console, express and walkaround cuddy cabin sportfishing and coastal family boats from 18 to 36 feet (5.49 m to 10.97 m) at its plant in Greenville, NC. The company has been privately owned by Marine Industry Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968.
NMMA Study Lands Grady-White Tenth in a Row CSI Award for 2011 Model Year
CHICAGO, IL: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has again awarded Grady-White Boats the CSI Award, the trade association's top recognition for customer satisfaction. 2011 is the tenth year of the association's study of customer satisfaction among boat and boat engine owners. Grady-White has received the award in the category of fiberglass outboard boats every single year the study has been conducted.
Grady-White Boats has been recognized with the highest ranking for excellence in customer satisfaction in its category by every third party study ever conducted in the marine industry including these ten-in-a-row NMMA CSI awards and eight J.D. Power and Associates awards in a row. (Although the studies may be resumed in the future, the 2008 Boat Competitive Information Study and the subsequent 2009 awards recognition was the last study completed in the marine industry by J.D. Power and Associates).
The marine industry's CSI Award program honors participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement to better serve the customer. The 2011 award recipients achieved and maintained an independently measured standard of excellence of 90 percent or higher in customer satisfaction, based on information provided by customers purchasing a new boat or engine during the period between April 1, 2010, and March 31, 2011. Participating manufacturers must survey all new boat buyers during this period. For this reporting period, the program surveyed more than 40,000 consumers.
Grady-White received an exceptionally high benchmark score.
“As the industry has reacted to recent market realities these manufacturers have kept a keen eye on consumer satisfaction and quality,” notes Terry Leitz, NMMA's director of CSI programs. “This focus will provide great dividends as value conscious consumers consider all aspects of ownership in their purchase process.”
For more information regarding the CSI program visit www.nmma.org.
Grady-White was founded in 1959 and builds 25 boat models from 18 to 36 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC. The company has been under private ownership by National Marine Manufacturers Association Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family since 1968.
New walkthrough video of the ultra-versatile Freedom 225
New video! Join David Neese, vice president of engineering at Grady-White Boats, for a video walkthrough tour of the family-friendly, ultra-versatile Freedom 225. Get the details on this amazing boat and be sure to give your dealer a call!
Ladies on Gradys, New 192 walkthrough, and Basic knots: Check out our new videos!
In our newest video, Captain Gail Christensen discusses her experiences with the ultra-capable Grady-White EXPRESS 360. Also take a tour of the Grady-White FREEDOM 192 dual-console boat in this informative walkthrough featuring David Neese, vice president of Engineering at Grady-White. Or learn the basics on knots you need to know from Jim Hardin of Grady-White.
New, ALL WEATHER integrated hardtop enclosure option for Grady-White Express 330 extends your boating season
Greater weather protection that extends the boating season is now available for one of the most popular cabin models made by Grady-White Boats, the Express 330. An all-new integrated hardtop enclosure option makes this possible. Now boaters in the Northeast, Northwest and all around the country can enjoy an extended cool weather season of boating activities thanks to this hardtop safety glass enclosure and a temperature control system that helps warm the enclosed helm area. In hot weather and in southern climates, the Express 330 hardtop enclosure provides increased protection from direct sun as well as a cooler ride, thanks to the well-designed windshield and overhead ventilation and an optional 12,000 BTU air conditioning system designed for the helm area.
"Our new integrated hardtop enclosure was initially available only on our flagship Express 360," says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing for Grady-White. "It's really an exciting option for this size boat, and makes Grady families and friends more comfortable than ever in all weather conditions. The area around the helm is where everybody naturally gathers. We' ve put an emphasis on the helmsman's sightline and vision and that has safety benefits for everyone aboard. This superbly engineered hardtop enclosure provides an unmatched level of both protection and visibility for fun, happy and safe days and evenings out on the water."
"It's a new high level of protection from the elements," says David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering. "The enclosure is built of super-strong lightweight aluminum, finished with aircraft grade hi gloss polyurethane paint for a striking look that will last for the long run. Plus this roomy top really inspires all kinds of innovative storage ideas. You should see the features and comfort of this enclosure for yourself. You will be dreaming of all the fun you can have in an extended more comfortable boating season!"
"Give your Grady-White dealer a call about this great new Express 330 option," says Weller. "Your dealer can fill you in on all the details. This new integrated hardtop will really add to your family's enjoyment of boating!"
Check out our dealer locator here at gradywhite.com to contact the Grady-White dealer nearest you.
Heads Up! Grady-White Introduces 20-Foot Fisherman 209 With Head Area and Deck-Level Bow Access, Adding To Industry's Most Complete Line of Center Console Models
Specifications:Fisherman 209 - 20-ft. Center Console
Beam Amidships: 8'1" (2.46 m) Bridge Clearance: 6'4" (1.95 m) w/T-top: 7'9" (2.36 m) Center Line Length: 20'4" (6.20 m) Cockpit Depth: 25" (.64 m) Cockpit Square Footage: 58 sq. ft. (5.4 m2)
Hull Draft: 15" (.38 m) Maximum HP: 250 (187 kW) Outboard Shaft Length: 25" (.64 m) Standard Fuel Capacity: 82 gal. (310 l) Weight w/o Engine: 2600 lb. (1179 kg)
Not many 20-foot boats, much less 20-foot center consoles, feature the all-day comfort of an enclosed head area, but the new Grady-White Fisherman 209 is an exception. That is not the only thing in this chocked-with-customer-inspired-features boat that's exceptional; this great family-and-fishing Grady-White doesn't miss an opportunity, big or small, to add features and function for a fun day on the water. Highlights include a cockpit that is every bit as big as most 25-footers, a clever removable cooler that doubles as forward seating, access to the bow all at deck level, and a handsome, well-engineered optional T-top integrated into the console structure. Little things make a difference, too, like a recessed spot on top of the console to store your sunglasses when you dive over for a swim. 'Our focus in re-engineering this center console was first and foremost to add a useful-sized head area,' says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing for Grady-White. 'But that was far from all. Grady-White builds a complete line of ten different center console models from 18 to 36 feet in length and we wanted to integrate some of our bigger center console features into this good-looking 20-footer including the optional T-top. Plus, we've made it ready for the new generation of highly efficient Yamaha engines coming to market. We think that a lot of things come together in the Fisherman 209 to create a terrific choice in a smaller Grady-White center console for young families.' 'The new Fisherman 209 is designed, of course, to be powered by a single Yamaha four stroke engine and the super-efficient new generation 200 or 250 HP engine is a great match for this boat,' continues Weller. 'Combine this efficient power with Grady-White's exclusive SeaV2 ' hull, and you really have a wonderful, safe and solid ride at almost any speed and condition.' 'We looked to our new 20-foot Fisherman 209 when we worked on creating the head area on the Fisherman 209,' says David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering. 'For a 20-foot boat, the head area is surprisingly roomy. This enclosed console features a dome light, handhold, a mirror on the door, and good storage space. Equip it with an optional portable head and you're ready to go on all-day outings with the family.' The bow area also features two 88-quart insulated fish boxes (port and starboard) that double as seating. 'We've found that our center console customers, especially, really like to have access forward at one level all the way to the bow, which really helps out the fishermen or families when anchoring,' continues Neese. An optional insert changes the whole bow to a roomy casting platform. Plus Grady-White's well-engineered anchor locker makes dropping the hook an easy task. Just forward of the console, Grady-White has introduced another idea to enhance the use of space: a removable cooler with a cushioned top that doubles as roomy bench seating for two. 'When you come home, just remove the cooler, take it home and you're ready to pack it to go out on the water the next day,' says Neese. 'Couldn't be easier!' The helm area has a big facelift from earlier versions of 20-foot center consoles to further enhance function. Pedestal seats are standard, but many will opt for the deluxe helm lean bar with its comfortable backrest, flip up bolster, cushioned seating and foot rests plus rod and tackle storage. The console design borrows from its bigger sisters in the Grady-White line. The easy-to-view flush mount electronics area has room for almost any electronics wish list, and the acrylic windshield provides excellent visibility and protection. Many customers will also opt for the T-top complete with radio box, dome light, storage net, spreader light and four rod holders. The brushed aluminum support on the T-top struts is sturdily integrated into the console for a clean, good-looking design. Aft, the Fisherman 209 has a fold down motorwell dam, allowing quick access to the stern. There are two comfortable aft seats with cushioned backs on either side of the motorwell, so like every Grady-White the 209 has plenty of comfortable seating aboard. 'With the trademark SeaV2 ride, the detail, the terrific use of space and solid innovations plus Grady-White's hallmark safety features, incredible structure and superior stainless hardware,' Neese continues, 'the Fisherman 209 is a winning inshore sportfishing boat that's great for family days at the coast.'
Grady-White Introduces Feature-Rich, Wide-Beam Trailerable 23-Foot Fisherman 230 to Round Out Marine Industry's Most Complete Line of Center Console Models
Specifications: Fisherman 230 - 23' Center Console
Beam Amidships: 8'6" (2.59 m) Bridge Clearance: 6'8" (1.88 m) w/T-top: 8'5" (2.57 m) Center Line Length: 22'8" (6.9 m) Cockpit Depth: 25" (.64 m) Cockpit Square Footage: 58 sq. ft. (17.68 m2)
Hull Draft: 20" (.51 m) Maximum HP: 300 (224 kW) Outboard Shaft Length: 25" (.64 m) Standard Fuel Capacity: 120 gal. (454 l) Weight w/o Engine: 4002 lb. (1815 kg)
Even a quick look at Grady-White Boat's brand new Fisherman 230 will reveal that a lot of thought, experience and customer collaboration has gone into the company's tenth current center console model. This 8'6" beam, 23-foot beauty is just chock-a-block with well-conceived new features and reflects a masterful use of space to fulfill every enthusiast's wish list. Highlights include an aft cockpit that is actually roomier than those of many 25-foot boats, a clever removable cooler that doubles as forward seating, a stand-up head area in the console, and a handsome, well-engineered optional T-top integrated into the console structure. And that's just the beginning."Our aim in introducing this model is to provide a super 23-foot center console that truly fits any boating family's needs," says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing for Grady-White. "Customers indicated that they wanted a roomy boat that makes superb use of every available inch. We've packed in the features and we're really proud of the way the Fisherman 230 fills the bill for function and versatility.""The new Fisherman 230 is designed to be powered by a single Yamaha four stroke engine. Yamaha's super-efficient 250 HP V6 engine is a great match for this boat," continues Weller. "The wide beam provides plenty of balance, and she sits in the water and trolls along steadily and beautifully. Combine this efficient power with Grady-White's exclusive SeaV2(R) hull, and you really have a wonderful ride at almost any speed and in almost any condition. There are few, if any, center consoles in the 25-foot and under size range that can match the performance of the Fisherman 230.""We've incorporated a traditional outboard motorwell for the 230, eliminating any sort of design issues with a removable or fold down motorwell dam. This also allows us to move aft an optional nice, big 35-gallon insulated raw water livewell with an 1100 GPH pump and full column distribution inlet, says David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering. "Since the livewell is insulated, it doubles as an extra cooler on days when you aren't using live bait. The motorwell also allows us to optionally offer our patented aft bench seating that folds out of the way when you break out the fishing gear. Also at the transom is a handy 20-quart drop-in storage box with lure tray. These are good example of what we mean by using every inch and maximizing the available space!"Grady-White has included a stand-up head area within the console with a vinyl liner instead of cloth-like coverings inside to make maintenance really easy. "And guess where the batteries are?" poses Neese. "In the console! Moving the batteries opened up storage space in the optional deluxe lean bar. We've looked at every opportunity to create an easy to use boat with great function."The helm area and helm seating reflect a straightforward, practical design updated to further enhance function. Pedestal seats are standard, but many will opt for the deluxe helm lean bar with its comfortable backrest, cushioned seating and foot rests plus knife and pliers holder and rod and tackle storage. The electronics are flush mounted and easy-to-read, and the acrylic windshield with handrails provides excellent visibility and protection. Many customers will also opt for the T-top complete with radio box, dome light, storage net, spreader light, and four rod holders. The brushed aluminum support on the T-top struts are sturdily integrated into the console design.Forward of the console, Grady-White has introduced another idea to enhance the use of space: a 72-quart removable cooler with a cushioned top that doubles as roomy bench seating for up to two. This removable cooler can be optionally upgraded to a super-insulated cooler for heavy-duty cold storage.The bow area also features two 101-quart insulated fish boxes (port and starboard) that double as seating. Access forward all the way to the bow is at one level, which really helps when fishermen are chasing their quarry. An optional insert changes the whole bow to a roomy casting platform. And Grady-White's well-engineered anchor locker makes dropping the hook an easy task. "Consider the trademark SeaV2 ride, the detail, the terrific use of space and the solid innovations on the Fisherman 230, plus Grady-White's hallmark safety features and incredible structure. Add in superior stainless hardware like the pop-up spring line cleats," Neese continues. "Together with specifications like a 120-gallon fuel capacity, you have to conclude that we've got a winning inshore sportfishing boat that has all the ingredients to take the crew offshore."
Grady-White Express 360 now available with optional integrated hardtop enclosure featuring safety glass windshield and side windows
An all-new integrated hardtop option is now available on Grady-White's flagship cabin model, the 36' Express 360, offering even greater weather protection in this handsome, incredibly capable big water boat and making Grady families and their friends more comfortable than ever! Now boaters in the Northeast and Northwest can enjoy an extended season of boating activities thanks to a temperature control system that functions like the heat pump in your home, warming the hardtop enclosure in cool weather. And those in southern climates receive increased protection from the hot sun along with a cooler ride, thanks to the well-designed windshield and overhead ventilation in addition to the air conditioning provided by the control system.
"This new integrated hardtop enclosure is really an exciting, game-changing option for this size boat, and makes offshore fishing, cruising or just joy-riding more pleasurable than ever in any water condition," says Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing for Grady-White Boats. "The area around the helm is where everybody aboard naturally gathers. Primarily for safety reasons, we put an emphasis on the helmsman's sightline and vision and that has benefits for everyone aboard. You won't find this level of visibility on others' boats."
"Here's a whole new degree of protection from the elements," says David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering. "The enclosure is built of super strong, lightweight aluminum finished with aircraft grade Imron paint for a striking look that will last for the long run. Plus this roomy top really inspires all kinds of innovative storage ideas. You just have to see for yourself all the features integrated into this hardtop-they make a marine engineer's mouth water!"
"Give your Grady-White dealer a call about this great new Express 360 option," says Weller. "Your dealer can give you all the details. This integrated hardtop will really add to your family's enjoyment of boating!"
Grady-White Launches "Ultimate in Versatility," New 25-Foot Freedom 255 Comfort-Filled, Bred-For-the-Ocean Family Cruiser
Specifications:Freedom 255 - 25-ft. Dual Console
Beam Amidships: 8'6" Bridge Clearance: 5'9" Bridge Clearance w/Hardtop: 7'10" Center Line Length: 24'9" Cockpit Depth: 25" Cockpit Square Footage: 60 sq. ft.
Hull Draft: 20" Maximum HP: 350 Standard Fuel Capacity: 153 gal. Weight w/o Engine: 4375 lb.
GREENVILLE, NC: When it comes to coastal and big-water boating, Grady-White's increasingly popular dual consoles are redefining family recreation by not only capitalizing on Grady-White's heritage of building the safest, best-riding, highest quality boats in their categories, but also by enhancing design and features that provide incredible versatility and recreational freedom for a new generation of boating families. For the 2011 model year, the company presents the all-new 25-foot Freedom 255 that performs very, very well for the wide range of water activities enjoyed by today's boating enthusiasts. "The Freedom 255, like every one of our models over 20 feet, is complete with a head area for all-day comfort for the whole family," says Joey Weller, Grady-White's vice president of sales and marketing. "There is plenty of conveniently-located storage for water toys, picnic and camping equipment—anything and everything the family enjoys. Plus the seating throughout the boat&em;at the helm, the companion sleeper seat and at the bow&em;is as handsome and comfortable as any seating we've ever offered." Grady-White is introducing great-looking seating colors and bolster accents in the Freedom 255. Four new optional factory-painted hull colors (seafoam green, sky blue, slate blue and sunlight yellow) are also available. "It all helps create a totally new look," says Weller. "The variety of coastal waters and big inland lakes and the growing recreational opportunities for fishing, diving, exploring, sightseeing, camping, resort activities and our dealer and Grady Club events called for the evolution of a new kind of boat from Grady-White," continues Weller. "We have the answer with this incredible Freedom 255. People understand the importance of spending quality time with their families, so we know there is a substantial niche for this remarkably comfortable and functional boat." Optional amenities include sound systems, wet bar with freshwater sink, a storage drawer and trash compartment, electronically operated seating, and a built-in grill for on-board cookouts. The grill can function with dockside power or a battery system that can provide power for up to two hours on high without recharge. Both standard and optional amenities aboard the Freedom 255 are all at a level or above what you'd expect to find in a top-of-the-line open inland family boat. Aboard the Freedom 255, there is roomy bulk storage under the bow seating for all kinds of gear—you name it. The starboard console offers a big bulk storage area roomy enough for camping gear, beach toys and more. The stand up enclosed head area in the port console is roomy and convenient for a day on the water with the family. There is plenty of room in that head area for fishing rods plus storage nets and bulk storage areas. While the emphasis in the Freedom 255 is versatility, Grady-White has certainly not forgotten the company's legacy of sportfishing. She boasts a more-than-ample 175-quart fully insulated fish box, and an additional 80-quart fish or storage box under the bow seating on the port side. The cockpit is roomy and well equipped to accommodate trolling gear. The optional 26-gallon lighted livewell features Grady-White's full column water distribution inlet and an 1100 GPH pump. There are rod holders and rod racks, places for all kinds of tackle, and plenty of room at the helm for all of the navigation equipment and electronics an avid fisherman and safety conscious family cruiser might require. Aft, the integrated outboard mounting area comes complete with a Grady-White trademark super quality transom door with a battleship-tough positive locking latch (it makes a great access door to the swim ladder and platform, too). There is a recessed freshwater shower on the transom that's great for cleaning sunglasses or reels, or for a quick rinse off after water sports. Grady-White's pressurized raw water washdown ensures that clean up is always easy: everything just hoses down, soaps up and brushes off. Like every Grady-White, the Freedom 255 is completely self-bailing; the deck and all boxes drain overboard by force of gravity. And of course, every piece of deck hardware aboard the Freedom 255 is premium grade 316 stainless. The Freedom 255, with the incredible ride of its SeaV2 hull, is perfectly balanced and well powered with Yamaha's new generation of efficient four-strokes in either twin or single engine configuration. This dual console model is perfect for sunset gazing or cocktail cruising with plenty of capacity for up to eight passengers. A sturdy optional hardtop can provide protection and shade. David Neese, Grady-White's vice president of engineering, summarizes, "We learned to build saltwater tough, pure fishing boats in the 1980s and truly great riding boats by the early 1990s with our incredible exclusive Sea V2 hulls. In the later 1990s and the early and mid 2000s, we learned to listen—really listen—to customers tell us all about what they are really doing on the water and wanting to do with their boat, and we discovered that the variety is amazing. We also learned the importance of a roomy head and seating comfort on an open family boat. Our dealers and customers upped the ante by urging us to incorporate these features and more in boats with the size and performance to be safe and sure offshore, no matter what the conditions. Our current Freedom 255 is exactly that, a product of our over 50 years of history, and it really fills the bill!" Grady-White builds 26 boat models from 18 to 36 feet at its plant in Greenville, NC, and has been under continuous ownership by the Smith family for over 40 years. Grady-White Boats has also been recognized for the highest level of excellence in customer satisfaction in every third party study ever done in the marine industry.
Grady-White Introduces Wide-Beam, Big Comfort Canyon Series Including New 36-Foot Flagship Canyon 366, Redefining Large Center Console Category
SPECIFICATIONS Beam Amidships: 13' 2" Bridge Clearance w/ T-Top: 9' (approx.) Center Line Length: 36' 7" Cockpit Depth: 28" Cockpit Square Footage: 85 sq. ft. Hull Draft: 29" Maximum HP: 1050 Outboard Shaft Length: Port and Starboard Engines: 25" Center Engine: 30" Standard Fuel Capacity: 420 gal. Freshwater Capacity: 65 gal. Weight w/o Engines: TBD Fish Box Capacity: Fwd Boxes (2): 263 qt. ea. Aft Box: 291 qt. Livewell Capacity: 41 gal.
It does not do justice to simply say that Grady-White is introducing a new series of center consoles for model year 2010. Grady-White's Canyon Series with a 28', 30', 33' and now the magnificent new 36' Canyon 366 is so far beyond in value what you might ordinarily expect in a typical center console that it is astonishing. Truth be told, the Canyon Series from Grady-White should more appropriately be called a new breed of center console because the series not only offers unmatched fishing function and the 360o access of traditional center consoles, but also a big beamed, roomy console interior with the features, amenities and creature comforts you might expect in a cabin style, family oriented boat. Without a doubt in the world, the handsome 36' Canyon 366 is the kingpin as the top performing, top value flagship of the Grady-White Canyon center console fleet. “The hard enclosure around the three seats at the helm area on the Canyon 366 provides a whole new level of protection from the elements, a real evolution in center console,” says Joey Weller, Grady-White vice president of sales and marketing. When you visit a Grady dealer and see the Canyon 366, or learn about it via your dealer's showroom touchscreen kiosk, or just take a first look online at www.gradywhite.com/366, expect to encounter a boat unlike anything you've seen before from Grady-White or anyone else. “Here's a center console that offers all the comfort of a 'family fun' cabin boat without sacrificing one iota of fishing function. The layout is magnificent, from the tip of the bow anchor locker to the 13'-wide beam to the heavy-duty transom door that's wide enough to pull aboard a 350-pound big eye tuna. The Canyon 366 can accommodate up to three Yamaha 350s, producing speeds up to 55-plus mph. This boat just eats up the ocean! And it doesn't just perform; it looks great!” The exclusive, proven SeaV2® hull developed with C. Raymond Hunt and Associates delivers a ride that is beyond any other center console in this size range. The sleek aerodynamically designed hardtop is made of Imron®-painted aluminum with form-fitting aluminum overhead grab rails. (Imron is a super quality metal paint used for heavy-duty applications in the automotive and aviation industries.) The stylish Imron paint is also featured on rocket launchers as well as on the helm seat lean bar support adjacent to the livewell and rigging area. The helm and cockpit area design is not only ergonomic and highly functional from a fishboat performance standpoint, it's plain classy looking. The 366 looks like the top boat in her size range and she is, no question. One sea trial will confirm that this boat is the culmination of Grady-White's 50-year experience, thousands of fishing trips and hundreds of hours listening to customers. Nobody but Grady-White could or would build a boat like this one.“Like any captain does, let's start with the helm area,” says David Neese, Grady-White vice president of engineering. “The helm seat is on the centerline instead of situated to port so passengers/crew can easily come and go on either side, making this a better fishing boat. Tending bait and handling lines are thus effortless, and the skipper doesn't have to move. The big tinted windshield has a super quality windshield wiper and is safety glass, not Plexiglas®. The protection is incomparable, and the visibility is great. The sturdy stainless wheel really fits your hands and the boat handles like a dream. Controls for everything are at your fingertips. For example, raising and lowering the anchor is controlled from the helm or from the windlass area. With the touch of a button, a sturdy plow anchor is extended and retracted through the bow. The lean bar/helm seating is far different than what you typically see. The ease of boat operation is nothing short of fantastic for comfort, ergonomics and visibility. Throttles and controls are up front and center, easy to use. The electromechanically operated electronics enclosure is adjustable to suit any helmsman's viewing height, or weather conditions and time of day. Complete protection is provided for electronics when the enclosure is lowered. Plus, the sleek T-top enclosure offers a nice big ventilation hatch, a mammoth radio box, radial mounted outriggers, dome lighting, molded-in sound system speakers plus molded-in spreader lights fore and aft.”The helmsman and passengers can sit in the adjustable chair or fold up a seat bolster to create a deluxe lean station for themselves, and either way there are deluxe cushions, armrests and footrests for genuine comfort. There is an option for air conditioning in the helm area and console interior, powered by a diesel generator. Step down the cherry steps leading inside the lockable console and you'll quickly see other reasons why Grady-White calls this boat a new kind of center console, great for both family and fishing. The console's cabin-like interior not only features a roomy stand-up shower area including a “hidden” head with standard VacuFlush®, but also a galley with Corian® countertops and nice deep stainless sink plus a stainless refrigerator with interior illumination. A nearby area converts to a freshwater shower with just a pull of a heavy-duty shower curtain, and includes a cherry seat to sit down on to scrub off. An optional microwave oven heats food and beverages. There's a clever mirror that can hide an optional TV and DVD player, and a great quality Kenwood sound system with MP3 and auxiliary sound connection. The radio system can be optionally ordered satellite ready for Sirius. There is a berth with plenty of room for two that extends forward, with storage along the side, providing a place for a tired fisherman to get some rest. A tinted rounded skylight and the additional new-style side window make the area airy and open feeling. There is an enormous amount of deep bulk storage in the console. Roomy drawers and net storage keep items easy to locate. There is a stand-up rack for five rods with flip up cherry rod holders, and more than enough room to lock up and store many more. The whole area is attractive with wood accents and a cherry cover over the head itself. Access to the switch box and boat systems controls is right inside the console door, with color-coded wiring that makes maintenance a snap.The helm seating support structure includes a bait station. For starters, aft of the helm and companion seating is a roomy 41-gallon lighted livewell, equipped with an 1100 gph pump and full column aeration-a proven system for lively bait. (A second equally large livewell is optional.) The livewell drains overboard for easy clean up, as do all Grady boxes. The area also incorporates a rigging station with freshwater washdown, a cooler, tackle drawers, plenty of rod holders, and more than enough bulk storage to accommodate any change of gear the fishing situation demands.With Grady-White's patented aft fold away bench seat in the stowed position, the Canyon 366 aft cockpit measures a roomy 85 square feet. There are six rod holders on the gunwale, and six rod holders on the lean bar so tackle is always ready to go. Add two freshwater outlets, a cutting board atop the cavernous 291-quart aft fish box, a pressurized raw water washdown, and the big fiberglass transom door with a super heavy-duty latch and positive locking device, and you will see that the aft cockpit is a bait rigger's delight, a perfect scene for multiple hook-ups with big quarry.Forward, the bow area features two 263-quart insulated fish boxes, port and starboard, that double as seating. Access all the way to the bow is at one level, which really helps when fishermen are working their catch. Deck hardware is all through-bolted premium grade 316 stainless, and all cleats including the spring line cleats are pop-up style, easy to clear in a fish battle. An optional table insert converts the easy-to-fish bow area to a roomy picnic or sun-and-fun area for those family days and weekends inshore. With cushions, this makes a great sun deck. Very comfortable cushioned seating for three adults is just forward of the console.“Consider the trademark SeaV2® ride, the new highly efficient power options, and Grady-White's hallmark safety features and incredible structure. Then add superior hardware, and all the design innovations inspired by our customers and dealers,” says Neese. “Together with specifications like a 420-gallon fuel capacity, you have to conclude that the 366 is a super boat dedicated to fishermen who want the very best. The name “Canyon” is very apt for all four of our center console boats from 28 to 36 feet-real long-range fishing boats with the comfort features to double as great family day boats.”
Grady-White Receives Eighth Consecutive Customer Satisfaction Award and Highest Ranking in Coastal Fishing Boats in J.D. Power and Associates Study
left to right: Todd Markusic, J.D. Power and Associates; David Neese, vice president of engineering, Grady-White Boats; Joey Weller, vice president sales and marketing, Grady-White Boats; and Kris Carroll, president, Grady-White Boats.
Grady-White Boats was awarded an eighth trophy from J.D. Power and Associates when the company was ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Coastal Fishing Boats (17 to 30 Feet)"* for the eighth time in a row at the Miami International Boat Show, February 12, 2009. Kris Carroll, Grady-White president, recognized the company's long-term management team as being a large factor in continuing to deliver the customer satisfaction levels that have earned the J.P. Power and Associates ranking. "David Neese, our vice president of engineering, has been with us for 33 years. Joey Weller, vice president of sales and marketing, has been with us 21 years.""I speak for the whole organization, including our dealer network, in thanking our customers for their support in reporting their satisfaction with Grady-White boats," said Neese. "Customer expectations, technology and society are always changing and we continue to design boats that aim to provide real pleasure in life for our boat owners.""Grady-White is the only company in the Coastal Fishing Boats segment that has received highest J.D. Power and Associates ranking, each time that these studies have been conducted," added Weller. "We have a tremendous advantage because our company culture has always placed the customer first, and has embraced the vision of Grady-White owner Eddie Smith in striving to keep our customers satisfied."J.D. Power and Associates overall customer satisfaction scores are based on performance in eight categories: cabin, engine, ride and handling, helm and instrument panel, design and styling, sound system, water sports, and fishing. J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information firm that represents the voice of the customer. The company is well known for customer satisfaction studies in the automotive industry.Grady-White Boats builds 22 models of fiberglass sportfishing and recreational boats ranging from 18 feet to 36 feet. For more information about Grady-White, visit www.gradywhite.com.
* Grady-White received the highest numerical score among coastal fishing boats (17-30 feet) in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Boat Competitive Information Study.sm The study is based on responses from 9,790 owners who registered a new boat between June 2007-May 2008. Includes offshore coastal boats 17-30 feet with/without cabins, mostly outboard, some sterndrive power. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of owners surveyed September-November 2008. Your experiences may vary. jdpower.com