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Boat Reviews By Owners

1995 -- 20' 4" GRADY WHITE

Model: 208 Adventure

Cockpit: Ergonomics at the helm are great. Boat is obviously well thought out. Fish boxes are well insulated and keep ice well. Toe rails make the boat easier to fish in rough weather.

Cabin: Just a two-person berth but it is reasonably comfortable due to decent cushions. Opening hatch and side windows allow for airflow and they don't leak.

Construction: Very well built. I have been running this boat hard offshore for nine years. Not even a navigation light has gone bad. Stainless steel has held up well with little maintenance needed. Duratrim trim work needs teating every 3 months or so and has not held up as well as I would like. Grady is one of only two manufacturers I know of that put their floatation guarantee in writing.

Handling: The best riding 20' boat I've been in. I fish offshore and occasionally take her to the Bahamas. Handles a 2-3' chop well. The Sea V2 hull makes a big difference over previous Gradys. Very little pounding and only when I get caught short coming off a wave. Boat is solid. There are no creaks or groans going into the rough stuff.

Engine Room: I recently replaced the Evinrude 150 with a Yamaha 150 HPDI. I stayed with what I consider to be the minimum horsepower for this hull. I get 30 mph at 4,000 rpm with a top end of 42 mph with a half tank of gas. I'll feel the weight with 4 divers and eight SCUBA tanks, but it gets up on plane okay. I would have gone with a 200 HPDI if I often loaded the boat. I did not go with a 200 or 225 four-stroke because of the additional 100 lbs over the HPDI. I did not want to take the chance that it would have altered the great ride it gets now. It may have been fine, but I wasn't willing to take the chance.

General Comments: The most seaworthy boat of her size range. My primary use is fishing, but we do a fair amount of diving as a family too. We have stayed on the boat for a weekend trip to the Bahamas.

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Date Submitted: 2003-10-19

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