Grady-White Fisherman 257: 2022 Boat Buyers Guide

The Fisherman 257 combines hardcore fishability with family-friendly features.
Grady-White Fisherman 257 running to the ocean
The Fisherman 257 is built for anglers and boaters alike. Courtesy Grady-White

Unparalleled in customer satisfaction, Grady-White Boats has earned top honors in every third-party satisfaction study ever done in the marine industry, including 19 straight National Marine Manufacturers Association Customer Satisfaction awards. 

Established in 1959, and privately owned for 50 years by Eddie Smith, Grady-White clearly puts customers first in its concept, design, and manufacturing to ensure they have the ultimate boating experience. Currently, Grady-White builds 25 unsinkable models from 18 to 45 feet, all on the award-winning SeaV hull, these boats are the perfect example of the detail put into every model.

Grady-White Fisherman 257

Grady-White knows what an offshore fisherman wants in a boat: great ride and handling, plenty of power, and built-in fishing features. 


A fisherman’s family desires a roomy layout, deluxe seating, a powerful stereo, an enclosed head, and storage and core fishing capabilities.

Grady-White has long met both wish lists, most recently with upgrades in its popular Fisherman 257. The 25-footer’s hardtop has been reengineered with LED spreader lights and three tricolored recessed LED lights. A full-height scratch-resistant windshield is incorporated into its painted aluminum frame, and it is surrounded by safety hand grips; stainless steel handrails are generously positioned throughout the boat. 

The Fisherman 257 boasts three large overboard draining insulated fish boxes, a 32-gallon livewell with full-column distribution plenum, horizontal storage for six rods—plus eight vertical rod holders in the hardtop and at the leaning post—and four rod -holders flush-mounted in the gunwales. 


An optional downrigger kit features 18-foot outriggers on the hardtop. Other options include a bow casting platform insert, a bow table, Helm Master EX steering in one of two formats, an easy-up bow shade, and hardtop curtains.

Manufacturer’s Remark

An innovative industry leader, Grady-White creates the most superbly-engineered, versatile, luxurious and enduring offshore family fishing boats.

Performance Data

  • Test Power: 200 hp 2.8 L Yamaha Four-Stroke
  • Test Props: 14 1/4” x 18” Reliance SDS
  • Test Load: 6,646 lb. (incl. people, fuel, water, gear, engines and accessories)
  • Test Speed: 52.5 mpg @ 6,000 rpm
  • Max Range: 360 miles


LOA: 24’9″
Beam: 8’6″
Fuel Capacity: 135 gal.
Dry Weight: 4,300 lb. plus power
Max HP: 400
Certifications: NMMA

Editor Says

Grady-White hit the sweet spot with the ­Fisherman 257. At 24 feet, 9 inches, with twin outboards and tons of fishing features, the 257 makes a solid ­offshore platform. – Chris Woodward, Executive Editor, Fishing Group


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