We think half the people who buy fishing boats just like the macho looks and the surrounding luxury of them. Grady-White gets that, but don’t ever think boats such as the Canyon 326 are not tournament-ready angling machines. Here’s how Grady-White made the 326 to satisfy everybody.
The helm is wide, protected by an even wider hardtop, and that’s supported by a color-matched superstructure that hugs the helm tightly, opening walkways fore and aft for passage. Triple bucket seats with footrests, armrests and flip-up bolsters accommodate any size rider, and they’re protected from the weather by an aircraft-quality acrylic windshield. Forward seating options include a lounge on the front of the console and a pair of forward lounges complete with foldaway seatbacks enabling comfortable forward-facing reclining underway. In the cockpit, a double couch folds out of the transom to convert coaming bolsters into seating in a flash. Want shade? Press a button and out slides Grady’s SureShade® to protect the cockpit. Technology is king, and Grady adds USB charge ports and LED lighting plus plenty of space for dealer-installed, optional Garmin GPSMap systems.
Even more crew-pleasing features are inside the console—such as a large changing room, flushing head and freshwater shower. Topside behind the triple bucket seats are a freshwater sink, cooler and electric refrigerator.
So far, sunset cruisers, beachcombers and sightseers are happy, but here’s where Grady-White sets the hook on fishermen.
There are eight gunwale rod holders on each side, a shotgun rod holder in the transom, plenty of undergunwale storage, rocket launchers, and even four tuna-stick stands in the console for locking those extra-expensive machines away. And the hardtop is ready to be rigged with the optional outriggers.
Live bait is kept in a standard 32-gallon livewell on the transom, and the icebox on the leaning post station can be converted into a 38-gallon baitwell too. Tackle-box storage under the livewell makes the console station a prep area for fishing rigs, and the freshwater sink assists.
⋅Windlass access has raw and fresh water for washing down the anchor and rode.
⋅The transom fish box is deep and long for wahoo, mahi and kings.
⋅The dive-door ladder tucks away for travel.
Draft (max): 2′0″
Dry Weight: 8,500 lb. (without engines)
Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified
Fuel Capacity: 327 gal.
How We Tested
Engines: Twin Yamaha F300
Drive/Props: SWS II 15.5″ x 17″ 3-blade stainless steel
Gear Ratio: 1.75:1
Fuel Load: 160 gal.
Crew Weight: 400 lb.
Grady-White Boats – Greenville, North Carolina; 252-752-2111; gradywhite.com