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April 02, 2010

Grady-White Fisherman 230

Grady-White's Fisherman 230 gives anglers what they want.

The console is accented by an acrylic windshield and handrails. Our test boat had the optional T-top with an overhead radio box, dome light, aft spreader light, storage net and four rod holders across the back. The T-top mounts to the console so that it does not eat up deck space, a stylish and practical arrangement for sure. A molded-in footrest makes running the boat comfortable. Pedestal seats are standard, but there's a better option available for fishermen. The deluxe helm lean bar is comfortable and offers better visibility, whether it's adjusted for sitting with its cushioned backrest or with the pivoting lean bar raised to convert it to a leaning post for stand-up driving. This option also offers more tackle storage, knife and pliers holders, and rod stowage.

The cockpit is spacious and offers a classic straight transom and traditional single-engine motorwell with no need for a removable or flip-down motorwell dam. This configuration allows for the patented fold-down aft bench seat, as well as the 35-gallon livewell to starboard. The well is fully insulated and doubles as a cooler when not doing live-bait duty. The livewell is fed by a 1,100 gph pump and has full water-column distribution to keep bait strong and healthy throughout the day. A 20-quart drop-in storage box with tray to port is just another "Gradyism" that maximizes storage and makes sense for the family on the water, whether they are fishing or hanging out on the sandbar.

Our test boat was powered with a single Yamaha 300 hp four-stroke that just made the boat glide. The 230 is a comfortable boat, at ease on its Grady-exclusive SeaV2 hull bottom, with a predictable ride and smooth handling. I was impressed with the amount of torque provided by the 300, especially in the upper ranges of its revolutions-per-minute spectrum, as well as the agility and calmness the 230 displayed with all that power and torque. It'd be just fine for most anyone with the standard 250 hp four-stroke. With the 300, we saw nearly 48 mph wide open, but it really loped along beautifully at 3,800 rpm. It made a hair over 30 mph while burning 10 gph, offering a range of 326.7 miles!

Economy, range and a great layout with functional features make the Fisherman 230 another in a long line of thoughtfully engineered and well-built boats from one of the industry's leading companies. With the dedicated people at Grady committed to building this type of common-sense boat, they'll be around for a long time.


SPECIFICATIONS

LOA......22'8"  
Beam......8'6"  
Draft......20"
Fuel......120 gals.
Max hp......300 hp  
Weight......4,002 lbs.
Base Price......$73,640   
With Yamaha F250

Grady-White Boats • 252-752-2111 • www.gradywhite.com