6384 Tower Ln
Fax: (815) 301-6659
6384 Tower Ln
Fax: (815) 301-6659
Few independent companies have had as much success as Grady-White, which has maintained an excellent (and well-deserved) reputation for high quality, flawless fit and finish, good seakeeping abilities, user-friendly deck layouts, and top-notch customer satisfaction. Their “SeaV2” hulls feature C. Raymond Hunt designed variable-degree deadrise. Used buyers should be aware that these boats, even when aged, don’t come cheap—Grady-White has one of the highest resale values around. This makes up for their relatively high initial cost when bought new, as they retain value far better than the norm and represent a good investment, as far as boats go. Note that they have a wide range of layouts to offer, including center consoles, dual consoles, expresses, and walkarounds, ranging from 18 to 36 feet. For more information, visit Grady-White.
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The port engine has 649 hours on it and the starboard engine has 647 hours on it.
This boat not only represents a unique new design for Grady, but it's also radically different from any 26-footer anyone has ever built. From the unique hard-top design to the wide beam and genuine express features, this Grady sets a new standard for 26-foot fishing boats.
The 265 proved to be an exceptionally dry boat with spray fairly blasting out to the sides.
However, the most significant difference between this boat and any other Grady is its new running-surface design. Grady still uses the SeaV2 concept of a constantly variable deadrise, but the vee is considerably deeper throughout. I had the opportunity to run two Gradys - one with the new hull design and one with older technology. Driving one immediately after the other points out the difference in ride in a head sea quite dramatically. The newer design provided a noticeably smoother ride in the 2- to 4-foot seas. Additionally, some boats have an idiosyncrasy that makes them run more smoothly in rough seas when you go faster rather than slower. The 265 is one of these. Because it has wide shoulders above the entry to maximize interior space, slow speeds tend to make the boat hit a head sea harder. However, speed up and get the bow up out of the water more and the entry carves into the head seas much more comfortably.
Most 26-footers have no problem with multiple anglers. The Grady 265, with its full-length cockpit, is exceptional. With five lively tuna on at once, we fished without stepping on anyone's toes. This large cockpit can be attributed to the fact that there's no transom baitwell or elongated bracket overhang. Grady has gone back to a simple transom-mounted engine and well with a splash board (that automatically pops open if you inadvertently tilt the engines up too far). Grady has put the baitwell in a cockpit module at the aft end of the helm deck with a mirror-image module to starboard containing a rigging station. And lest you think Grady shortchanged the 265 on rod storage with space just for six on the cabin overhead, another three fit under each gunwale, and six more across the back of the T-top augment the two (standard) in each gunwale. That's a total of 22 rods. The fish boxes deserve mention as well. We could have stored another 20 tuna besides the five we kept with no problem in the various insulated boxes both fore and aft.
For a short while, Grady-White's pendulum swung toward family-oriented boats, with concessions like aft seating and a fancier cabin. With this year's model line, Grady moves back to hard-core fishing focus in its boats, though Mama and the kids certainly have not been forgotten. For them you'll find a large double berth below with a stand-up head and shower. But Grady brought back overhead rod storage for six rods.
Despite being a 26-footer, the 265 sports a center line helm just like on the bigger express boats - including a very large space for flush-mounting electronics on the dashboard.
Grady has outdone itself and everyone else on this boat in use of dead space. Everywhere you turn that you'd expect a blank bulkhead, you find added storage. The 265 also offers terrific ergonomics at the helm. While seated, you can see perfectly over the bow. On the other hand, you're still able to look through the windshield rather than through the support bar at its top when standing.
The 265 offers a good safety feature for those who like to bottom fish offshore. You can handle the anchor cleat on the bow by standing on the forward berth and reaching out through the cabin's overhead hatch. It makes for a much more secure feeling in a sea than walking along the outboard rail to the bow.
|Beam||9 ft 7 in||Engine Make||Yamaha|
|Engine Model||200 HPDI||Engine Year||2001|
|Length Overall||26 ft||Stock Number||34442|
|Engine Hours||653||Number of Berths||1|
|Number of Engines||2|
|Twin Yamaha 200's HPDI motors, GPS, Fish finder, radar, sonar, auto pilot, am/fm/cd with satellite radio, VHF radio, windlass anchor, spreader lights, search lights, galley and head, outriggers, rocket launchers, and extra rod holders. Professionally maintained.|