Granted, precious few serious offshore fishermen would ever consider a dual-console bow rider a hard-core fishing machine. But Grady-White, where real innovation has shifted into warp drive over the past few years, may be the first to make you reconsider. Introduced at the New York Boat Show, the Tournament 275 qualifies as a big boat. Certainly no more “open” than a center console, the 275 features Grady’s proven SeaV2 hull, as well as all the excellent fishing features you’ve come to expect from this company. For example, a 22-gallon fish box to starboard augments a 46-gallon box aft. Both are heavily insulated and drain overboard. You get four in-gunwale rod holders, along with space for three under each rail. Fresh- and saltwater washdowns, a substantial anchor locker, an integral cutting board, cockpit lighting, padded coamings and cockpit toe rails all add to the fishability. Not enough? Choose the optional 32-gallon livewell or the enclosure.
But you can go for a sunset harbor cruise in downright luxury too – on the same boat. Eleven drink holders should be plenty. The old-fashioned sliding passenger seat that turns into a sun bed has been replaced with an ingenious electronic version that slides out from under the helm seat (no more pinched fingers or sweaty brows trying to raise and lower it).
Aboard a boat with this much versatility, Grady vice president of engineering David Neese says that their customers all want plenty of storage. Stow rods or other gear out of the way in a compartment that’s accessible from the roomy, enclosed, lockable head area and extends beneath the bow seating. Storage space is all around the boat for snorkel and dive gear, water skis or tubes, picnic baskets, swim toys, a change of clothes, extra towels – you name it.
Grady-White also designed one of the best foldaway stern seats in the business and mounted it on the transom to augment all the other comfortable seating aboard. In fact, you can provide nine or more guests with proper seating accommodations.
With twin 150 hp Yamaha four-strokes, the 275 has a top speed of 46 mph at 6,000 rpm while burning 33 gph. The factory claims the optimum cruising speed to be 29.2 mph turning 4,100 rpm. At that, Grady’s engineers burned a measly 13 gph for a respectable 2.2 mpg.
OK, so it still might not turn the head of the fanatic who wants to fish nonstop. But I bet his family would love it.
|LOA||26 ft. 11 in.||BEAM||8 ft. 6 in..||DRAFT||1 ft. 5 in.|
|DEADRISE||19 deg.||WEIGHT||4,972 lb. (w/o power)||FUEL||200 gal.|
|MAX POWER||(2) 250 hp OB||MSRP||$67,895 (w/o power)|
|Grady-White Boats Greenville, North Carolina 252-752-2111 www.gradywhite.com|