“That’s the only way you’re going to ever own a boat,” said Kate Sweetser when her husband, Tom, said he was going to purchase a $10 raffle ticket from the Gulf Coast Conservation Association for a chance to win a Grady-White Fisherman 204. That was in the summer of 1991, when Tom and Kate first moved to Alabama and attended the Dauphin Island Fishing Rodeo. Fast forward 29 years and they have just purchased their fifth Grady-White, a new Freedom 235.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has once again awarded Grady-White Boats the Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award, the marine trade association’s top recognition for customer satisfaction measured by new boat buyers. Grady-White has received this award for excellence in the fiberglass outboard boat division every year since the survey’s inception 18 years ago.
You asked for a lighter blue option and in true Grady style we delivered with a new gelcoat color, Ocean Mist Blue–A beautiful pale blue that makes your boat one with the sea, like the mist that forms off the ocean waves as they roll into shore.
Congressman Greg Murphy recently visited the Grady-White Boats manufacturing facility where he interacted with employees and discussed a variety of issues important to the boating industry and manufacturing.
Hear what this Grady fanatic has to say in his own words: "One of my vivid vacation recollections as a little shaver was gazing at the Grady-White boats from the front seat of my parents' Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight as we motored by the marina on the way to our waterfront hotel for the week."
America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, unanimously passes the Senate. Supporting an array of fish and wildlife conservation policies, the act encompasses a number of benefits to recreational fishing on both national and regional levels.
Grady Fanatic Mike Firetti is having a hard time sleeping these days in anticipation of taking ownership of his next Grady-White–a 370 Express. He’s calling this boat his new Grady “1250”. A number that totals the four Grady-White models he’s purchased, which includes a Tournament 275, an Express 330, a Freedom 275 and now the latest, an Express 370.
Plenty of people in eastern North Carolina know the Taylor twins and their mischievous ways. Which, by the way, are legendary. Together they’ve made some amazing memories on Grady-White boats. In fact, some of their earliest shenanigans on the Pamlico River centered around a 16-foot Grady-White dual console their father bought them for skiing and duck hunting in the late 1960s. They enjoyed that boat so much that when they would see Eddie Smith, Grady-White CEO, they’d ask, “When are you going to build a larger dual console?” Today, they’re living the dream with family and friends on their 2015 Freedom 335!
We’re all aware of the crushing blow Hurricane Dorian delivered to the Bahama Islands. A frequent destination for several Grady Clubs, these islands have forged friendships among Grady owners and native Bahamians. In an effort to assist their friends, several Grady Clubs have been delivering much needed supplies and helping with rebuilding efforts. Read their story and see what relief organizations they recommend supporting.
What’s not to love about a boat, and the company that built it, when your ideas are integrated into the design? When Tom and Marge Towers decided to buy their third Grady-White, Tom had a few product suggestions, and the Grady team was happy to listen.
Longtime friends and business partners Anthony Williams and Patrick Kranick couldn’t believe their luck when they purchased their dream boat, a Grady-White Canyon 336 named Katessa II! And, it appears their luck has continued as they came in second place the first time they fished the Outboard Division of the Big Rock Blue Marlin tournament this June.
As much as any other success story, Grady-White’s may be the result of one individual’s vision and ideals. Glenn Grady and Don White founded the company in 1959 in Greenville, N.C., and sold it to Eddie Smith nine years later. As owner and CEO, Smith followed a simple principle that has guided the company ever since: He didn’t want to be the biggest; he wanted to be the best.
In the mid to late ‘80s, Jerry Ballard was a fishing fanatic. His love of the sport and his boat even got him featured in a Grady-White magazine ad after he and fellow fisherman, Mack Baker, won the Hardee’s/Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament in 1987.
When Mike McCain and Debra Freeman started dating in 1994, they didn’t know where their shared love for boating would take them. But after 25 years, a growing family and eight Grady-Whites, their love for boating has expanded into a family affair.