Grady-White adds to its ex­pand­ing dual-con­sole fleet with the Free­dom 215.

Soundings - - Contents - grady­ — Gary Re­ich

Grady- White may have ce­mented its rep­u­ta­tion for durable and sea­wor­thy boats by build­ing cen­ter con­soles, cud­dies and walka­rounds, but to­day the com­pany is also a player in the ex­pand­ing dual con­sole mar­ket. With the in­tro­duc­tion of the Free­dom 215, the builder’s dual con­sole lineup con­sists of 11 mod­els.

Grady-White says its aim with the Free­dom 215 is to of­fer a smaller boat with many of the same fea­tures as its larger dual con­soles. The new boat has loads of com­fort­able seat­ing, in­clud­ing bucket seats at the tran­som, plush com­pan­ion and helm seat­ing, and a con­vert­ible bow lounge. There’s also room for fish­ing rods, and a tow py­lon can be in­serted at the tran­som for wa­ter sports.

“The 19-de­gree pro­gres­sion of the run­ning bot­tom on our Free­dom 215 exclusive SeaV2 hull has a sim­i­lar wave-cut­ting vee at the bow area as that of our larger mod­els,” says Chris­tian Car­raway, Grady- White de­sign en­gi­neer. “We en­gi­neered more ag­gres­sive an­gles in the flare from stern to bow, con­fi­dent that this would ac­com­plish su­pe­rior sea­keep­ing and sports car-like han­dling.” Stan­dard power is a 200-hp Yamaha F200 4- stroke, which pro­vides a top end of 42.6 mph and an ef­fi­cient cruis­ing speed of 24.3 mph. A Yamaha F250 is avail­able as an op­tion. Base price with a me­chan­i­cal-shift F200 is $76,315. Grady-White Boats, Greenville, North Carolina, ( 252) 752- 2111.

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