1989

TIMELINE

Creating the Best Ride on the Water, and Making the Decision That Grady-White Doesn’t Have to Be the Biggest, Just the Best

 

Illustration demonstrating Grady's SeaV2 hull.
The SeaV hull was introduced, providing a softer, more comfortable ride for Grady-White customers.
Illustration demonstrating Grady's SeaV2 hull.
The SeaV hull was introduced, providing a softer, more comfortable ride for Grady-White customers.

In 1989, Grady-White reached another milestone with the Marlin 28. The Marlin introduced the C. Raymond Hunt and Associates/Grady-White exclusive SeaV hull, a new design with a “continuously variable” vee shape that provides a very soft dry ride while the boat is cruising or running, and stability when the boat is trolling or at the dock.

 

The hull was a natural evolution for customers going further offshore who desired a softer, more comfortable ride for their families. By the early '90s, all Grady models sported a SeaV hull.

 

“The '80s and '90s were interesting. The demand was so high we literally could have grown 300% or 400%,” recalls Smith. “But instead, we stayed true to our deliberate decision to focus on getting the details right, and to limit production. We felt this was the only way to maintain our high quality and customer satisfaction.”

 

The SeaV2 hull design.
The two strakes and the chine of a SeaV² hull cut through water, providing lift, stability and a drier ride.
The SeaV2 hull design.
The two strakes and the chine of a SeaV² hull cut through water, providing lift, stability and a drier ride.