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May 16, 2013

Grady-White Freedom 375 Dual Console

First impressions of the Freedom 375 are of spaciousness and comfort.


LOA: 36’7”  Beam: 13’2”  Draft: 29”  Deadrise: 20 degrees

Fuel: 320 gal. • Water: 54 gal. • Max HP: 1,050

Weight: 18,111 lb.  Base Price: $639,630 with triple Yamaha 300s and Helm Master 

Phone: 252-752-2111 •

Performance with Triple Yamaha 300s

  • 3,500 24.5 25.2
  • 4,000 31.1 32.7
  • 4,500 37.0 43.1
  • 5,500 45.6 65.9
  • 5,900 48.7 78.2

Grady-White’s new flagship, the Freedom 375 leads the dual-console outboard category in size. Bigger and beamier than the Freedom 335, it is built on the same C. Raymond Hunt-designed SeaV2 hull as the popular and proven Canyon 366. Billed as a multifunction boat, the 375 adds a large measure of comfort and convenience features — both family and entertainment oriented — to create a varied-purpose fishing boat. 

I joined Grady-White vice presidents Joey Weller and David Neese in North Carolina to sea-trial Hull No. 1, equipped with triple Yamaha 300s and, in lieu of the standard bow thruster, Yamaha’s Helm Master control system, which we spent an afternoon running through its paces. A 5-knot current and crowded dockage in Bogue Sound offered ideal testing for the joystick control and the big 13-foot-2-inch-beam hull. With the ability to move the boat in any direction, and even slide sideways into a tight parallel parking slot at the dock with precision, this control system is destined to do to hard-earned dual- and triple-outboard handling skills what GPS did to dead-reckoning navigation. 

First impressions of the Freedom 375 are of spaciousness and comfort. Weller and Neese talked about redefining the classification, from a “twin console” to “twin cabin.” Given the size of the twin step-down cabins, the renaming seems appropriate. The port cabin holds a settee/bunk, an aft quarter-berth or rod-storage area, TV, cedar-lined hanging locker, and a screened porthole that opens to the passway. The starboard head cabin has a curtained shower/head area, vanity, microwave, and electrical panel on the aft bulkhead. Both cabins have overhead for 6-plus-footers to stand up straight.

Through a foldaway windshield panel and a half-door, there’s roomy bow seating around a table split into half-moon segments, which ­provides clear passage to the waist-level locker up front that holds a windlass, rode and anchor bracket.