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05.02.2014 Grady-White giant arrives in Australia

Grady-White giant arrives in Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australia’s exclusive Grady-White dealer Game & Leisure Boats, has welcomed the arrival of the very first Grady-White 376 Canyon into Australia, arguably the biggest and best on the market. After an exceptional run of sales across the entire Grady-White range, its exciting for Game & Leisure Boats to welcome the flagship of the fleet, ideally suited to Australian boating conditions and representing incredible value for fishermen and families alike.

When Grady-White introduced their new range of centre consoles in 2010, the range represented value far from what you might ordinarily expect in a typical center console. Truth be told, the Canyon Series from Grady-White should more appropriately be called a new breed of center console because the series not only offers unmatched fishing function and the 360º access of traditional center consoles, but also a big beamed, roomy console interior with the features, amenities and creature comforts you might expect in a cabin style, family oriented boat.

“The hard enclosure around the three seats at the helm area on the Canyon 376 provides a whole new level of protection from the elements, a real evolution in center console,” says Chris Jones, Game & Leisure Boats Sales Manager. “When you visit our dealership and see the Canyon 376, expect to encounter a boat unlike anything you’ve seen before from Grady-White or anyone else. Here’s a center console that offers all the comfort of a ‘family fun’ cabin boat without sacrificing one iota of fishing function. No production boat builder in the world builds a bigger better quality centre console boat of this size.”

This boat just eats up the ocean! And it doesn’t just perform; it looks great!” The exclusive, proven SeaV2® hull delivers a ride that is beyond any other center console in this size range. The sleek aerodynamically designed hardtop is made of Imron®-painted aluminum with form-fitting aluminum overhead grab rails. (Imron is a super quality metal paint used for heavy-duty applications in the automotive and aviation industries.) The stylish Imron paint is also featured on rocket launchers as well as on the helm seat lean bar support adjacent to the live-well and rigging area.

The 376 looks like the top boat in her size range and she is, no question. One sea trial will confirm that this boat is the culmination of Grady-White's 50-year experience, thousands of fishing trips and hundreds of hours listening to customers. Nobody but Grady-White could or would build a boat like this one. “Like any captain does, let’s start with the helm area,” says David Neese, Grady-White vice president of engineering. “The helm seat is on the centerline instead of situated to port so passengers/crew can easily come and go on either side, making this a better fishing boat. Tending bait and handling lines are thus effortless, and the skipper doesn’t have to move. The big tinted windshield has a super quality windshield wiper and is safety glass, not Plexiglas®. The protection is incomparable, and the visibility is great. The sturdy stainless wheel really fits your hands and the boat handles like a dream. Controls for everything are at your fingertips. For example, raising and lowering the anchor is controlled from the helm or from the windlass area.

With the touch of a button, a sturdy plow anchor is extended and retracted through the bow. The lean bar/helm seating is far different than what you typically see. The ease of boat operation is nothing short of fantastic for comfort, ergonomics and visibility. Throttles and controls are up front and center, easy to use. The electromechanically operated electronics enclosure is adjustable to suit any helmsman’s viewing height, or weather conditions and time of day. Complete protection is provided for electronics when the enclosure is lowered. Plus, the sleek T-top enclosure offers a nice big ventilation hatch, a mammoth radio box, radial mounted outriggers, dome lighting, molded-in sound system speakers plus molded-in spreader lights fore and aft.”

The helmsman and passengers can sit in the adjustable chair or fold up a seat bolster to create a deluxe lean station for themselves, and either way there are deluxe cushions, armrests and footrests for genuine comfort. There is an option for air conditioning in the helm area and console interior, powered by a diesel generator.

Step down the cherry steps leading inside the lockable console and you’ll quickly see other reasons why Grady-White calls this boat a new kind of center console, great for both family and fishing. The console’s cabin-like interior not only features a roomy stand-up shower area including a “hidden” head with standard VacuFlush®, but also a galley with Corian® countertops and nice deep stainless sink plus a stainless refrigerator with interior illumination. A nearby area converts to a freshwater shower with just a pull of a heavy-duty shower curtain, and includes a cherry seat to sit down on to scrub off. An optional microwave oven heats food and beverages.

There’s a clever mirror that can hide an optional TV and DVD player, and a great quality Kenwood sound system with MP3 and auxiliary sound connection. The radio system can be optionally ordered satellite ready for Sirius. There is a berth with plenty of room for two that extends forward, with storage along the side. A tinted rounded skylight and the additional new-style side window make the area airy and open feeling.

There is an enormous amount of deep bulk storage in the console. Roomy drawers and net storage keep items easy to locate. There is a stand-up rack for five rods with flip up cherry rod holders, and more than enough room to lock up and store many more. The whole area is attractive with wood accents and a cherry cover over the head itself. Access to the switch box and boat systems controls is right inside the console door, with color-coded wiring that makes maintenance a breeze.

The helm seating support structure includes a bait station. For starters, aft of the helm and companion seating is a roomy lit live-well, equipped with a generous pump and full column aeration–a proven system for lively bait. (A second equally large live-well is optional.) The live-well drains overboard for easy clean up. The area also incorporates a rigging station with freshwater wash-down, a cooler, tackle drawers, plenty of rod holders, and more than enough bulk storage to accommodate any change of gear.

With Grady-White’s patented aft fold away bench seat in the stowed position, the Canyon 376 aft cockpit is huge. There are six rod holders on the gunwale, and six rod holders on the lean bar so tackle is always ready to go. Add two freshwater outlets, a cutting board atop the aft fish box, a pressurised raw water wash-down, and the big fiberglass transom door with a super heavy-duty latch and positive locking device, and you will see that the aft cockpit is a bait rigger’s delight.

Forward, the bow area features two large insulated fish boxes, port and starboard, that double as seating. Access all the way to the bow is at one level, which really helps when fishermen are working their catch. Deck hardware is all through-bolted premium grade 316 stainless, and all cleats including the spring line cleats are pop-up style.

An optional table insert converts the easy-to-fish bow area to a roomy picnic or sun-and-fun area for those family days and weekends inshore. With cushions, this makes a great sun deck. Very comfortable cushioned seating for three adults is just forward of the console.

The new Canyon 376 is being offered at a special introductory price of $499,000 and is available for immediate inspection at Game & Leisure Boats Gold Coast Dealership. Call us on 07 5577 5811 to arrange an inspection.

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