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The Ultimate Luxury Center Console: The Grady-White

A luxury center console can be the family boat that loves to fish. A Grady-White center console proves that point emphatically.

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October 12, 2020
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Fishing Foremost, But…Wait, There’s More!

All Grady-White center consoles are created with fishing foremost in mind, as evidenced by the uncluttered cockpits; overboard-draining fish boxes; well-designed and well-positioned livewells and baitwells; rod holders for both active fishing and efficient storage; and clever, abundant tackle stashes. Built-in cutting boards, bait-prep sink stations and cooler boxes are handy to anglers when needed, and can serve dual-purposes, or be hidden when not in use.

Canyon 456 cutting through the sea
A luxury center console can be the family boat that loves to fish. A Grady-White center console proves that point emphatically. Courtesy Grady-White

While fishing space and gear is prominent throughout, creature comforts are plentiful and add to the pure boating pleasure you’ll enjoy with family and friends. Many of these luxurious features flip up, fold out, or electrically extend. Virtually hidden until activated to maintain cherished fishing space, they are just what you want when cruising or hanging out. Examples? Convertible cockpit seating and an optional, electronically deployed cockpit sunscreen.

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Anglers and pleasure boaters alike can appreciate Grady center consoles’ bold, high bows, with their classic Carolina flare; glossy gel finishes and color choices; and distinctive hardware, much of it custom-designed.

The Hull Truth

One can’t have luxury without comfort, and comfort begins with seaworthiness. In a Grady-White, that begins with its exclusive SeaV²® hull, mastering the seas and delighting those aboard with a high performance, smooth, dry ride.

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All eight times that J.D. Power and Associates’ Marine Studies asked survey participants about boat hull designs, the SeaV² hull emerged in first place.

Canyon 456 pulling through a turn
All eight times that J.D. Power and Associates’ Marine Studies asked survey participants about boat hull designs, the SeaV² hull emerged in first place. Courtesy Grady-White

The SeaV² is technically described as a “continuously variable vee” hull. At no two points along the keel is deadrise the same, sharpening from a stable, 20-degree deadrise transom, through about 30 degrees amidships, to a sheer bow at 50 degrees or more. The hull first slices waves cleanly and then rides softly and stably at plane, at mid-speeds, and trolling or drifting. Wide chines and strakes add stability at rest and trolling, increase lift, and make for a drier ride.

The result is a soft, stable ride – whether cruising with the family or heading to a fishing spot far offshore – particularly when tracking tightly in quartering and following seas. Noted naval architects C. Raymond Hunt Associates collaborated with Grady-White engineers to design Grady’s signature SeaV² hull.

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Grady-White center consoles are beamier than those of other brands, adding interior space that allows more features while remaining fishing-friendly. Precise beam-to-length computation, meanwhile, produces a sea-taming ride.

Foam-filled, unsinkable construction and a truly self-bailing cockpit complete the safety/comfort profile. Underlying everything is Grady-White’s commitment to all American Boat and Yacht Council, as well as its own safety standards. There’s just no safer, nor more comfortable, boat afloat when the seas, like the adventures, grow big. That explains Grady-White’s consistently high resale values, so when your family’s interest in boating grows and you’re ready to step up to a larger Grady, a ready market awaits your current one.

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The centered helm allows unfettered access to all of the boat’s potential, stem to stern. Chase a fish, gather for a chat, take a dip or a dive, soak up some rays – you have 360 degrees of possibilities.

Multiple activities on board a Grady-White
Chase a fish, gather for a chat, take a dip or a dive, soak up some rays – you have 360 degrees of possibilities. Courtesy Grady-White

As one moves up through Grady-White’s 10 center console models, from the nimble 18-foot Fisherman 180 to the massive flagship Canyon 456 at 45 feet, standard features and options unfold.

Smaller Grady center consoles are great at prowling both inshore and offshore, while their larger siblings add console storage and head space. At even greater lengths, they feature opulent in-console cabin space that can include a head, sink, storage, sleeping area and more.

Grady-White cabin space
At even greater lengths, Grady center-consoles feature opulent in-console cabin space that can include a head, sink, storage, sleeping area and more. Courtesy Grady-White

The Canyon 456, Grady’s biggest center console ever, has a relatively short option list. Typically offered as options on other models – air conditioning, Seakeeper 6 gyroscopic stabilizer, and diesel generator –are standard on this largest unsinkable boat of its kind, that handles standard quad 425-hp Yamaha outboards with surety.

Its siblings, the Canyon 306, 336 and 376, also offer terrific standard and optional offshore battlewagon fishing features, plus rich luxury details such as contoured helm chairs, comfortable full-feature heads, and Captain Grady digital boat systems for iPad and iPhone. (The list varies with boat size.) And when options are offered for any Grady-White boat, they are items included in that boat’s very design, not simply add-ons.

Canyon 376 cockpit
The Canyon 376 offers terrific standard and optional offshore battlewagon fishing features, plus rich luxury details such as contoured helm chairs and comfortable full-feature heads. Courtesy Grady-White

An Enjoyable Tension

There’s a great creative tension involved in designing a center console boat: Fit in all the features desired in an angling/family boat, while maintaining the spacious feel that’s a top attribute. Grady-White product designer Christian Carraway calls that “a challenge we enjoy taking on every day.” The company counts on feedback from its engineers (who are also boaters), its customers and its dealer network.

Helms are well-designed ergonomically, providing clear vision, protection from the elements, the latest in technological advances, and supreme comfort. At the helm, as throughout the boat, seating is high quality, well-placed, and adaptable to fishing, cruising, watersports or simply hanging out.

Best. Boating Day. Ever.

The company’s premise and promise is simple: put two similar-length center console boats side-by-side, and the Grady-White will shine.

Grilling on a Grady-White
Grady-White assures you will have the best day on the water you’ve ever had, no matter what conditions you encounter. Courtesy Grady-White

All of these features, combined with Grady-White’s SeaV² hull, assures you will have the best day on the water you’ve ever had, no matter what conditions you encounter.”

And that goes whether you’re having that best day with family or fishing buddies.

To see the full line of Grady-White center console luxury fishing boats, visit gradywhite.com/models/center-consoles/.

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