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Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White's Freedom 215 Dual Console mixes hardcore fishing with family-friendly boating.

When the National Marine Manufacturers Association began surveying boat owners about their experience with boats they owned, Grady-White Boats was one brand to receive top honors. And it has done so every year since.

Grady-White’s reputation is only enhanced by the new Freedom 215 Dual Console.

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

LOA: 21'3" | Beam: 8'6" | Dry Weight: 3,150 lb. | Seating/Weight Capacity: 8/1,300 lb. | Fuel Capacity: 80 gal. | More Information: gradywhite.com

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Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

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Like all Grady-Whites, the 215 DC is solidly built of all-composite material and filled with flotation to make it as safe as it is smooth-riding, thanks to the SeaV2 hull design that features flat hull surfaces between strakes. The deadrise ­progresses from a sharp wave-slicing entry to a more stable angle at the ­transom, giving a smooth ride at speed and a ­stable fishing ­platform at rest. And solid? Through-bolted hinges, double-thick hatches, and heavy-duty, stainless-steel lockable latches keep ­everything battened down tight.

Further evidence of Grady-White’s thoughtful construction is the cup- and rod-holder drain system that whisks rain or splash water overboard through scuppers instead of just draining it to the bilge like lesser brands.

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

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Topside, the seating is not only ­durable with thick vinyl, acrylic board backing and effective drainage to deal with the ­elements, but it’s also comfortable thanks to multidensity foam to soften the ride.

At the helm, mount an up to 12-inch ­navigation display, a VHF radio and premium stereo system all within easy reach of the custom bucket helm seat.

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

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When you want to fish on the 215 DC, there is plenty of room in the cockpit for battling fish, and there’s a powerful pump-freshening livewell equipped with Grady’s unique manifold that ensures ­top-to-bottom freshwater circulation for lively bait. Rod holders are plentiful, and if you get a gaffer on the line, hook your toes under the styled toe rails and yank him aboard with confidence.

Fish it, beach-comb with it, and pull the kids on skis, then get a babysitter, dress up, and take this award-winning boat to a four-star waterfront dinner.

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

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High Points
* Transom-mounted retractable tow pylon adds watersports versatility to the ride.
* Fresh- and raw-water supply helps keep the crew and deck clean.
* Removable platform can convert the forward seating to a sun pad, or remove the cushions for a casting platform.

Price: $76,315 (base with test power)

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 215 Dual Console Certified Test Results

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How We Tested
Engine: Yamaha F200
Prop: Reliance SDS 14.5" x 15"
Gear Ratio: 2.00:1
Fuel Load: 40 gal.
Crew Weight: 450 lb.

More Information
Grady-White Boats - Greenville, North Carolina; 252-752-2111; gradywhite.com

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