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The Grady Life – How Boating Enhanced Our Lives in 2020

 

While 2020 forced us all to live quite differently than we ever have before – traveling less, distancing ourselves from others, and cutting back on sporting events and extracurricular activities – one positive thing it taught us was that life is always better on the water, especially on a Grady-White boat! See what our Grady owners were up to last year and be inspired as you plan your next boating escape for 2021. 

 

 

Boating gives us the opportunity to get outside, spend more time with family and experience the outdoors in ways we may have never experienced before. For New York resident, Jeremy Bennett, this day he spent boating on their Express 330 provided a little joy during a time of stress as he noted, “I need this right now. We are all going through so much. We’re not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm.”

 

Tory Veigle introduced his 5-year-old son, Beckham, to the world of fishing. Now his dream is to be pictured in a sportfishing magazine! Tory said all he wants to do is go fishing on their Freedom 375, a 37-foot dual console. Perfect for fishing and family fun, it looks like the Veigle family has found just the right boat to get Beckham loving the Grady Life. 2021 provides a new year and a new opportunity to catch that big fish and possibly make his sportfishing magazine debut. However, magazine coverage or not, Tory and Beckham are forming a bond doing something they love together that will forever be a part of Beckham’s life.

 

 

 

Speaking of fishing, many tournaments found a way to continue on during the pandemic, cancelling the parties but continuing to fish. Grady Express 370 owner, Tom Tye, his son Russell, and their crew won the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament, on their boat, High Tyde. Not only did anglers everywhere fill their time fishing, they also filled their freezers for meals throughout the year. The Lake Erie Grady-White Club turned their annual tournament into an online event. Using an app called, Fish Donkey, they created a totally new tournament experience that may, with a few adjustments, be their new format for tournaments beyond this year’s 15th Annual Event.

 

Get them interested when they’re young – like 2-year-old Charlotte Huffman, who’s assisting her Uncle, Walker Huffman, on her grandfather, David Huffman’s, Freedom 225. This afternoon they were enjoying a little family time as they cruised to the marina in Oxford, Maryland, for ice cream! They’re never too young to start making memories on a Grady-White boat.

 

Speaking of fishing, many tournaments found a way to continue on during the pandemic, cancelling the parties but continuing to fish. Grady Express 370 owner, Tom Tye, his son Russell, and their crew won the Virginia Beach Tuna Tournament, on their boat, High Tyde. Not only did anglers everywhere fill their time fishing, they also filled their freezers for meals throughout the year. The Lake Erie Grady-White Club turned their annual tournament into an online event. Using an app called, Fish Donkey, they created a totally new tournament experience that may, with a few adjustments, be their new format for tournaments beyond this year’s 15th Annual Event.

 

Get them interested when they’re young – like 2-year-old Charlotte Huffman, who’s assisting her Uncle, Walker Huffman, on her grandfather, David Huffman’s, Freedom 225. This afternoon they were enjoying a little family time as they cruised to the marina in Oxford, Maryland, for ice cream! They’re never too young to start making memories on a Grady-White boat.

 

Some families found they could make remote learning a lot more fun aboard a Grady-White boat! Bill McKnight’s 11-year-old son, Billy, did just that on their Grady-White Freedom 225 at Harbour Cove Marina in Deale, Maryland.

 

 

The Phipps’ family of four is another inspiring story of time well spent boating. Since they began dating, Brenda and Rick have enjoyed boating together. When they had twin girls about 10 years ago, they made a conscious decision to continue the boating activities they love with the girls. You can do the same with your children by taking a few cues from Brenda. She told us she started by making up songs and games that helped the twins learn the names of the rods, reels, lines, etc. Today, as she watches them help boys tie their own hooks and get fish off the line, Brenda proudly says, “That’s my girls!” and Rick follows up with “I like to share life on the water and my love for fishing with the girls, just like my parents did with me when I was growing up.”

 

Throughout this year we’ll be sharing the experiences of owners who are capturing the most important aspects of life on their Gradys – time spent with family and friends in nature enjoying the many pleasures of boat ownership. We hope you’ll find it inspiring, encouraging you to branch out in your boating adventures. Share your Grady-White boat stories with us through Facebook and Instagram, or you can submit photos on our website.