Grady-White 231 Coastal Explorer

Sporty, stylish, and family friendly, Grady-White’s newest model, the 231 Coastal Explorer, embodies the superb handling and rough water capabilities of her sister boats, the 251 and 281 CE. Built on Grady’s legendary SeaV hull, the 231 easily traverses the skinniest of waters while still possessing the nearshore/offshore capabilities you will miss with other boats in this class and size range. Whether you’re ready to ply the shallow waters for fish or spend the afternoon with family and friends at the sandbar, the 231 is packed with all the luxury, comfort, and fishing features you desire. 

Anglers will love the two expansive casting platforms as well as the standard deluxe lean bar with a 25-gallon livewell, storage for four tackle trays, a drawer, and a knife and plier holder. With 19 rod holders throughout the boat, you’ll be ready for any fishing the day brings.

Want to mix in a little family fun with a day at the sandbar? The console interior boasts a full standup head and ample storage, ensuring your crew is comfortable all day. Additional standard features include hydraulic trim tabs, a stereo with a waterproof touch screen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and four speakers.

The 231 CE checks all the boxes for boaters that want a smaller but highly versatile inshore/offshore boat for fishing and family fun. 


The 231 is Grady-White’s newest addition to the Coastal Explorer series and is full of the many fishing and comfort features of her sister boats in an easy-to-trailer size – perfect for serious fishing and family fun.

With the 251, Grady-White set the bar for performance, practicality, utility, and comfort – whether fishing the back waters or heading offshore, this boat possesses capabilities not found with other boats in its size and class.

The 281 was built for fishability and luxury, loaded with features ideal for shallow waters while easily transitioning to go where others in its class wouldn’t dare.

About the Company

For 65 years, Grady-White Boats has built ruggedly elegant coastal fishing boats and delivered world-class customer satisfaction not found from other boat manufacturers. Through their dedication to innovation, a focus on continuous improvement, and their exceptional attention to detail, Grady-White consistently delights customers desiring boats that are luxurious yet built for handling rough seas.

Established in 1959 in Greenville, NC, Eddie Smith has owned Grady-White privately since 1968. A member of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Hall of Fame, he set the bar high for his team to achieve uncompromising quality. This includes Grady-White’s exclusive SeaV hull, which delivers boating’s driest, softest, and most stable ride. Through the years, Grady’s remarkable level of quality and customer service has remained unparalleled in the boating industry. Today, under the leadership of fellow NMMA Hall of Fame member, Kris Carroll, President and 49-year company veteran, they continue designing and building tough-yet-elegant offshore fishing boats with legendary precision.

Grady-White boats offer many innovations, patents, forward-thinking designs, and exclusive features that their design engineers have developed through the years. Examples of these innovations include a variety of patented seating configurations which deliver both comfort and convenience with the flip of a switch or a swivel of a backrest. Continuous improvement and evolution of functional, luxurious details elevates the brand year after year.

In addition to creating the highest quality boats, Grady-White builds strong customer relationships. This dedication and drive to deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction has earned the company top recognition in every third-party measure of excellence in customer satisfaction in the marine industry. For nine years, from 2001 – 2009, J.D. Power and Associates performed a Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Survey and Grady-White achieved top honors every year scoring 9+ out of 10 in satisfaction levels for fit and finish, comfort and ride, as well as factory support and dealer service. In addition, they have been presented the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Customer Satisfaction Index Award for 22 consecutive years – that’s every year the award has been presented.

Grady-White’s impressive boat lineup includes 28 models from 18 to 45 feet in length in five categories: center consoles, dual consoles, walkaround cabins, express cabins, and Coastal Explorers. They invite you to visit their factory to see first-hand the process of creating the finest fishing and family-oriented boats, and to meet the passionate craftspeople that build them. For more information about this legendary company’s heritage and innovative products, visit