The dual-console design has been growing in popularity for several years, and Grady-White has responded by building more and larger DCs including their newest, the Freedom 335. But this is no common DC design. With 33’5” LOA and an 11’7” beam, it’s a far more voluminous version than we’re used to seeing. And as a result, it has a lot more to offer, too.
For starters, this is the first dual-console from Grady-White to serve duty as both a day-boat and an overnighter. The port-side console cabin is so huge, there’s room for an electrically-actuated slide-out berth, an entertainment center with a TV/DVD player, a hanging locker, and bulk stowage. What about the head? That’s housed in the driver’s side console, along with a shower, sink, and more bulk stowage. And yes, naturally you can choose to have those cabins air-conditioned.
On deck you might think the Freedom 335 would have lots of fishy touches and angler appeal, like other models in the Grady-White line. And yes, you will find a 32-gallon livewell and an insulated fishbox in the transom. But make no mistake, Grady-White clearly had other forms of boating foremost in mind when they sat down at the design table. Check out the wet bar behind the helm station, for example, and you’ll find a refrigerator, sink, and an electric grill. Or note that the port bench seat and the helm seat both adjust electrically, at the press of a button. And there’s an extendable sunshade which covers the cockpit at—you guessed it—the press of a button.
Even though the Freedom 335 is clearly destined for a different kind of duty than most other Grady-Whites, construction and hull design stay true to the time-tested Grady-White norms. The hull is a Ray Hunt designed variable-degree deadrise deep-V. The hull and deck are hand-laid, stringers are molded fiberglass, and foam floatation fills the voids below deck level.
Does it really make sense to build a dual console this massive? That depends on how you use your boat. But if you’re up for cruising one weekend, overnighting the next, and mixing in a bit of fishing here and there, one thing’s for sure: You won’t find a DC with bigger possibilities than the Freedom 335.
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- Lenny Rudow
- Length: 33’6”
- Beam: 11’7”
- Max. Draft: 2’10”
- Deadrise: 21 deg.
- Fuel: 312 gal.