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The Grady-White 251 Coastal Explorer: Victory.
You may have noticed that there are a lot of Grady-White boat review articles on this site, ranging from the Grady-White 360 Express to the 271 Canyonto the 275 Tournament. No, Grady doesn't pay me anything - not one red cent. The reason so many of them appear on the pages of HookedOnFishingBoats is simply because they build a darn good boat, and just about every time I see a new one, I'm dying to write about it. Never was this the case more so then when I lay my eyes upon their new 251 Coastal Explorer.
This boat is Grady's first attempt at building a bay-boat, and while I hate to make predictions, I'd bet money that this boat is a smashing success. First off, it looks great. The combination of flair in the bow, curvaceous console and T-top, and broad bowdeck just plain look fishy. Secondly, as usual Grady made some incredibly interesting design tweaks. The aft seats are a great example. Thanks to a nifty new slide-up backrest, they can have backrests or sit flush as a casting deck, and swapping between the two is incredibly easy. Then look at the bow. Borrowing a concept used on bowriders and deckboats, they designed a swim ladder into the anchor locker. Next, have a look at the front of the console. It can act as a table, slide down to become a sunpad, or slide forward to fill in the foredeck, turning it into a huge casting platform. Added bonus: seat backs pop up out of the foredeck just as they do in the aft deck, so passengers can comfortably sit in a forward-facing position.
With a single F300 Yamaha outboard on the transom, the Grady-White 251 cruises at about 38-mph (at 4500 rpm) and tops out right around 50-mph, according to Yamaha (and yes, their performance reports are extremely reliable). That's plenty of pep, whether you're cruising through the mangroves or heading offshore to enjoy the mahi bite on a nice day. And yes, you will run this bayboat through the inlet a time or two. It's significantly beefier than most boats of this genre, and rides on Grady's variable-degree deadrise hull. One of the most reliable traits of a Grady - any Grady - is that it rides well in snotty seas. I wish I could have verified this was the case with the 251, but unfortunately, when I had the chance to crawl through the boat at the Miami boat show it was on dry land. Stay tuned - when I can get it off the dock, I'll report back ASAP. In the mean-time, it's a safe bet that if you're looking for an over-sized bay boat with gobs of beef and inventive engineering, a sea trial of your own will be more than worthwhile. For more information, head over to Grady-White.
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