Marine News from the Great Lakes

Grady-White’s Brand New 23-foot Dual Console Freedom 235 Reshapes Category

with Fresh Features, Exceptional Detail, and Superb, Safe Performance

Published: Monday, June 13, 2016

Advantage: Grady-White. The company’s all-new model Freedom 235 has better engineered features, more options and more detail in construction and finish than other 23-foot dual consoles on the market. When you look at this completely brand new boat from Grady, it’s evident what sets this boat apart. From your first step into the cockpit, you see so many big-boat amenities: luxurious seating, signature fishing and fun features, and an impressive roomy overall layout. And take a look at the oversized enclosed head compartment with clever extended storage space! Here is a Grady-White that delivers very
high value and stays true to the company’s 55-plus- year family fishing heritage.

Christian Carraway, Grady-White design engineer, comments, “We have pushed the
boundary of just how many big boat features could be incorporated into this boat. Fishing,
cruising, you name it… this boat is as fully equipped as boats twice as big. We have
incorporated many Grady ‘firsts’ which add even more substance to the Grady core values
of quality, performance, safety and reliability.  Refreshing new styling on the Freedom 235
is innovative, yet stays true to our design integrity. The result is a sleek, forward-thinking
dual console with timeless, perfectly detailed, genuine Grady-White appeal.”

The list of Grady firsts aboard the 235 begins at the stern. Standard features include new
built-in swim platform extensions port and starboard that double as convenient boarding
platforms, and there is starboard side deck level auxiliary anchor storage as well. The
starboard platform features a sturdy, four-step swim ladder and there is easy access to the
cockpit through the transom door. Not only is a transom door a bit of a luxury aboard a 23-
foot boat, Grady-White’s version of this door is super safe, secure and heavy-duty with
positive locking hardware that befits a much bigger vessel. Additional deck level storage
also is featured on the port side, forward of the platform extension. The transom has a
built-in 160-quart insulated box, all ready for fishing or refreshments–whatever your
choice for the day’s fun. The adjacent storage box can be plumbed for an optional 15.5-
gallon livewell. A recessed freshwater cockpit shower is standard. For swimming, diving
and tow sports, as well as fishing, the stern area of the Freedom 235 is a model of well-
engineered functionality.

Aft cockpit space is beamy so there’s more room for any activity–or just chilling–than in
other 23-foot dual consoles. Grady-White’s patented aft bench seat is standard and
provides more seating when needed, and folds away when things get busy. And for tow
sport enthusiasts, there’s a super easy-to- use optional ski pylon that tucks quickly into the
transom when you’re ready to fish or cruise.

Starboard side in the cockpit, an optional wet bar faces inboard, located just behind the
helm seat. This refreshment center has a sink, running water, drink holders and comes
complete with a removable 35-qt. Yeti ® cooler below.

At the helm and companion areas in the cockpit, the seating is generous and ultra
comfortable with plenty of options. Standard helm seating is a vertically adjustable deluxe
chair, and the helm chair can be upgraded to a plush, ultra-cushioned contoured seat with
flip-up bolster. Standard companion seating is likewise a deluxe chair, but Grady-White’s
patented lounge chair with tilting backrest or a clever electromechanically extendable
luxurious lounge seat is optionally available.

Forward of the companion seating are the controls for the optional stereo and plenty of
storage areas, as well as the oversized enclosed head compartment with stowage that
extends into the bow section for keeping rods, skis or swim toys. The bow anchor locker is
easily accessible under the bow seat. There’s seating room enough for up to six people on
the thick, comfy port and starboard bow cushions.

The Freedom 235 and all Grady-Whites are available in one of six hull gelcoat colors or one
paint color. Every model features the remarkable performance of a SeaV 2® hull that
provides a softer, drier, more stable ride, meaning you can enjoy more days on the water
more often.

Established in 1959, Grady-White builds a full range of versatile, saltwater-tough center
console, dual console, express and walkaround cuddy cabin sportfishing and coastal family
boats from 18 to 37 feet in length. Grady-White is historically renowned for and highest
rated in customer satisfaction by every third party study ever done in the marine industry.
Marine Industry Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family have owned the
company since 1968.

Visitors are welcome to tour the factory in Greenville, NC, and meet the passionate
craftspeople who build the ultimate outboard powered family-and- sportfishing boats. See to learn more about Grady-White’s exceptional attention to detail in
every boat they build.

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