Grady-White 191 Coastal Explorer

Hybrid bay-boat center console

When Grady's 251 Coastal Explorer debuted last year, it redefined the bay boat. With the 191 CE, the company has packed most of the same details into a smaller package. Both Coastal Explorers also sport the ­company's trademark SeaV2 hull.

The 191’s forward casting deck doubles as a sun pad with the addition of optional cushions. Beneath the platform, Grady divided the storage space to accommodate an anchor and a 37-gallon insulated fish box. Forward of the console, a molded seat lifts for access to either a 17-gallon insulated cooler or an optional livewell.

The aft bench seating folds to enlarge the casting deck, which covers a 12-gallon insulated box that can be outfitted as a livewell. Vertical rod holders are located beside the forward console seat and in the gunwales.

The Coastal Explorer’s low gunwales make releasing fish easy. An aft boarding ladder makes the boat well suited for anglers who prefer to wade-fish the flats or roam the beaches. The 191 can carry 52 gallons of fuel and is rated for up to 200 horsepower.

SPECIFICATIONS: LOA 19 ft. 4 in.; BEAM 8 ft. 2 in.; WEIGHT 2,360 lb.; DRAFT 14 in. (hull); TRANSOM DEADRISE 14.5 deg.; MSRP $58,350 (base boat w/ Yamaha F150)

Grady-White 191 Coastal ExplorerCourtesy of Grady-White