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The aft cock­pit depth of Grady’s 251 Coastal Ex­plorer — an evo­lu­tion­ary de­sign, in­tro­duced in 2014 — mea­sures 20 inches. The com­pany broke the mold in many ar­eas with this new and in­no­va­tive setup.

“This was a spe­cial new en­try in the in­shore/nearshore mar­ket for us, and we felt it was key to have the SeaV2 [hull] de­sign per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics yet add the shal­lower draft (14 inches) to make this model a unique boat,” says Shel­ley Tubaugh, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing. “By keep­ing the sharp en­try, sig­na­ture bow flare and con­tin­u­ously vari­able vee of the hull bot­tom, we were able to cre­ate a truly flex­i­ble boat that could ven­ture into the ocean more than oth­ers in its class.”

Aside from the rel­a­tively shal­low draft, the 251 comes with cast­ing plat­forms fore and aft that con­vert to com­fort­able seat­ing. Grady of­fers op­tional trolling-mo­tor and shal­lowwa­ter-an­chor rig­ging. The bow board­ing lad­der, while geared to­ward beach­go­ers, also cre­ates a con­ve­nient en­try and exit for wad­ing or surf fish­ing.

To en­hance off­shore safety, Grady’s builds in­clude am­ple foam flota­tion and over­board-drain­ing in­su­lated boxes so the bilge doesn’t con­tin­u­ally fill. The 251 CE ac­com­mo­dates the stan­dard aft 12¾-gal­lon livewell and an op­tional 25-gal­lon well in the helm seat­ing unit.

Fac­tory test­ing shows a top speed of about 50 mph with the max 300 hp out­board; more than enough oomph to eat up wa­ter on a re­mote, though nearshore, run.

Grady’s 251 Coastal Ex­plorer fea­tures a sharp en­try with some sig­nif­i­cant bow flare (above), while keep­ing fore and aft decks to ap­peal to in­shore an­glers.

SPECS: LOA: 24 ft. 7 in. • Beam: 8 ft. 6 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 16 deg. • Draft: 1 ft. 2 in. Dry Weight: 3,550 lb. (w/o en­gine) • Max Power: 300 hp • MSRP: $106,030 (w/ Yamaha F250)

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