NEW BOATS

Sport Fishing - - CONTENTS - BY CHRIS WOOD­WARD

AL­THOUGH GRADY DE­SIGNED the 216 as a fish­ing boat first, the com­pany also cre­ated a com­fort­able plat­form for nonan­glers. From its newly de­signed aft seat­ing with swing-away back­rests to its over­size head com­part­ment, this new cen­ter con­sole de­liv­ers re­lax­ation in a com­pact, stylish pack­age.

For an­glers, the boat fea­tures two 20-gal­lon in­su­lated fish boxes un­der the bow seat­ing; gun­wale, lean­ing-post and un­der-gun­wale rod hold­ers; a 25-gal­lon livewell and tackle draw­ers in the op­tional deluxe lean­ing post; and a helm face that can han­dle a 12-inch elec­tron­ics dis­play.

The 23¼-footer (length over­all, with swim plat­forms in­cluded) of­fers 80-gal­lon stan­dard fuel ca­pac­ity. It can carry up to a 250 hp out­board and mea­sures 25 inches to the gun­wale in the aft cock­pit.

An­glers can op­tion up for a fiber­glass T-top with an in­te­grated wind­shield, elec­tron­ics box and more rod hold­ers.

“It’s all about fish­ing and fam­ily aboard the Fish­er­man 216,” says Chris­tian Car­raway, de­sign en­gi­neer. “Grady-White’s fish­ing-savvy en­gi­neer­ing is seam­lessly in­cor­po­rated into a boat that dou­bles as a great fam­ily boat with per­fec­tion in ev­ery de­tail.”

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