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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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)
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.
Grady-White Boats – Greenville, North Carolina; 252-752-2111; gradywhite.com