New Category, Same Quality
With the introduction of its 251-CE, Grady White expands its line up of boats with a versatile performer.
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
A long time favorite with both inshore and offshore boating enthusiasts as well as with families, Grady White has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for building an award-winning, well-engineered line of boats.
The Greenville, North Carolina-based company, established in 1959, and still owned by Eddie Smith and his family since 1968, offers four different models comprising 28 different boats; Center Console, Dual Console, Express Cabin, and Walkaround Cabin. And now, with the introduction of the 251-CE, the first of the Coastal Explorer series, you can make that five models and 29 boats in sizes covering 18 to 37 feet in length.
The 251-CE is the first of its kind from Grady-White, and is designed to provide peace of mind on big water and a piece of heaven for practicality, utility, ease of use and comfort around back waters, beaches, waterways, sounds and inlets. Here’s the Grady-White answer for off-the-beaten-track coastal family fun and versatility in skinnier water. And even though it is created for use inshore the 251-CE is not a “bay boat,” offering more offshore capability and versatility than any other kind of boat in the so-called “bay boat” genre.
Featuring low gunwales to provide very easy access to the water, and a bow ladder for beaching, the 251-CE’s low profile is all new for Grady-White. And like all Grady’s, she
offers performance to match her style. Transformable seats forward and aft go from bench style to lounge, and make the boat perfect for playing and relaxing plus fun for socializing. Add rods and tackle and you have a fishing boat that is truly without peer. There is something for everyone in the family on this boat.
The 251-CE is every inch a solid, proven center console backed by over 50 years of heritage and design success that only Grady-White can offer. Her loaded features will further add to satisfaction levels earned from a reputation for quality, reliability, safety and craftsmanship.
Beam Amidships: 8’6″ (2.59 m)
Bridge Clearance: 6’9″ (2.06 m) w/T-top: 7’9″ (2.36 m)
Center Line Length: 24’7″ (7.49 m)
Cockpit Depth: 20″ (0.51 m)
Hull Draft: 14″ (.36 m)
Maximum HP: 300 (224 kW)
Outboard Shaft Length: 25″ (0.64 m)
Standard Fuel Capacity: 80 gal. (303 l)
Transom Width: 8’3″ (2.51 m)
Weight w/o Engine: 3550 lb. (1610 kg)
If you are in the Greenville, North Carolina area and wish to see the 251-CE, along with all the other Grady White boats on the assembly line, visit the company at www.gradywhite and make an appointment. If this is your kind of boating, you will not be disappointed.