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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
The hull laminate’s thick glass is hand-laid, a proven method for achieving strength and stiffness, though it can produce a heavier boat than some closed molding techniques. Weight isn’t necessarily a bad thing in a sea boat. Hatch lids are smooth on both sides, and so are easy to clean. The stringer grid features foam between the bays for both stiffness and flotation — basic flotation is not required aboard boats over 26 feet in length overall, yet the Freedom 335 offers this additional safety.
New for 2012, PPG paint coats the hull between the chine and the spray rail, and you have your choice of colors from which to choose. Paint offers a gloss that gelcoat is hard-pressed to match (of course, there’s gelcoat beneath the paint). We also applauded the use of hidden fasteners to secure hinges, hardware and more. The lack of visible screw heads gives the boat a clean, classy look. In fact some items, such as the toe rails that provide secure footing in the 83-square-foot cockpit, have no fasteners at all: They are glued in place with methacrylate adhesive.
Amenities? The portside console conceals a cabin with a teak-and-holly sole, leather sofa and flat-screen TV. A double berth deploys electrically at the push of a button. When nature calls, the starboard-side console offers a stand-up head and shower, in addition to tremendous lockable stowage. A wood floor graces the sole here too, and teak accents meld with the solid-surface vanity top, and gelcoated bulkheads, to produce a designer look that’s easy to keep sanitary.