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Grady-White Freedom 335
Draft (max): 2'2"
Displacement (approx.): 11,900 lb.
Transom Deadrise: 19 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 7'1"
Max Cabin Headroom (when applicable): 5'8"
Fuel Capacity: 312 gal.
Max Horsepower: 700
Available Power: Twin Yamaha outboards to 700 hp total
During our test of Grady-White’s Freedom 335, the world’s largest dual-console boat, we discovered a vessel more seaworthy and easier to maintain than a bowrider. It offers more amenities than a center-console and offers the cockpit protection of a cabin boat, plus safe and easy access to the bow. This boat is the ticket to ride for those who enjoy a variety of boating activities with as little compromise as possible. Let’s start with features that apply to all boaters.
The Freedom 335 is eminently serviceable. A large hatch in the cockpit sole provides wide, bright access to through-hull fittings, pumps, filters, the optional generator ($19, 245) and more. Plumbing and wiring runs are robustly supported and easy to trace. We applauded the fitting of extension rods on the seacock handles so that you can throw the levers without having to stand on your head. Electrical panels are easy to service via a pair of removable panels located inside the starboard-side helm console.
The Freedom 335 rides the vaunted SeaV2 hull, a C. Raymond Hunt and Associates design. We had flat conditions during testing, but the SeaV2 hull form is a proven rough-water design, as evidenced by the many Grady-Whites running inlets and fishing offshore as well as by Boating’s previous tests conducted in rough conditions. The Freedom 335 also features a self-bailing cockpit and stowage boxes and lockers that drain directly overboard. These are safety features, but self-bailing boats are also easier to own. One reason is that you can leave them in the slip without a cover and not have to worry about the bilge pump draining the batteries. Another is that washing down — whether it’s blood and scales or chips and dip — is much easier since suds and crud flush right out through the scuppers.