Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Being a dual console walkthrough with a full windshield and standard fiberglass hardtop, Grady-White’s redesigned Freedom 275 is ideal for extending the boating season on both large inland lakes and offshore big waters.
It can be powered by efficient twin 150 or 200-horsepower Yamaha Four Stroke outboards producing factory test results of 46 mph and almost 49 mph top speed, and just over 28 mph and 30 mph cruising speeds respectively. The Freedom 275 rides on Grady-White’s proprietary, smooth running, and proven SeaV²® deep-V hull with composite stringer system and transom designed by renowned C. Raymond Hunt Associates.
The anchor locker has been enlarged to accommodate the standard anchor windlass within the locker and a through-stem anchor. The windlass can be operated both from the bow and the helm. The large bow seating area with facing bench seats are augmented with full surrounding side bolsters, full length safety grab rails on both sides, and cushions on the forward side of both consoles to encourage full stretch-out lounging.
A standard fibreglass table serves the bow area as well as the stern cockpit area. There is also dedicated storage within the large, lit, and lockable helm console storage area which features built-in tackle boxes. Beneath the starboard side bow seat cushion is a 96-quart insulated storage area with overboard drain, ideal for use as an ice box or fish box. Beneath the port side bow seat cushion is dry storage cleverly connected with the port side head compartment to accommodate horizontal rod storage.
This lockable head compartment features composite cherry and holly sole, dome light, mirror, bulk storage, and standard electric marine head with holding tank with pumpout. The port side outer surface of the molded head compartment, which faces the front passenger, is put to great use with a topside trinket tray for sunglasses, etc. On the front side, a control unit resides for the standard AM/FM Bluetooth® compatible stereo with MP3 and audio connectivity, amplifier, and six speakers. A fold-out storage pouch is ideal for an iPad and your smartphone.
A standard recessed bow wind door provides great protection for those in the cockpit in inclement weather. The redesigned helm shadows a large flat dash suitable for flush mounting almost any size touchscreen of your choice. It also is meant to house the Yamaha Helm Master® engine readout display, and there is a dedicated place in the upper right corner for your choice of VHF radio.
Stereo controls and 12-volt DC and USB ports are provided, as is a small lockable storage compartment below the helm. Hydraulic tilt steering via a stainless steel wheel with convenience knob is standard, or you may opt for power assist steering or Helm Master EX® Digital Electric Steering with or without Joystick control. Trim tabs with indicators and auto-retraction are standard, as is a starboard side windshield wiper with washer.
The Command Elite high back helm chair with foldup armrests and forward flip-up bolster is both horizontally and vertically adjustable. Behind it is the Elite wet bar with sink and cold water faucet, three drawers, and a flip-out trash container. This helm seating arrangement may be optionally replaced with a double-wide, electrically adjustable helm bench seat with forward flip-up bolster, behind which is a deluxe wet bar with Corian® countertop, sink, faucet, and more storage.
The extra-wide back-to-back passenger companion seat is unique in that the aft seat portion electrically extends to create a stretch-out lounge seat. It then matchjes up with the fold-away double-wide stern seat to create an L-shaped lounge. The hardtop, supported by a painted aluminum frame, features two stereo speakers, LED spreader lights, four tri-coloured pot lights, rod holders, and a large underside zippered storage net ideal for PFD’s, raingear, and extra clothing.
On the port side of the transom is a 112 Litre raw water insulated and lit livewell with cutting board top. Centred on the transom aft of the stern seat is a 165-quart (156 L) insulated fish/ice box with light and overboard drain. Blue LED cockpit lighting is provided as are toe rails, a freshwater shower, raw water washdown, and an engine flush system. A starboard side transom door provides access to the integral swim platforms complete with a telescoping boarding ladder.
Notable optional equipment includes a choice of five gel coat colours for the hull sides and underside of the hardtop, bow sun platform insert with cushions, blue LED underwater lighting, cockpit starboard side entry-assist step, dockside power with battery charger, retracting ski pylon, extra rod holders, outrigger kit with carbon fiber poles, side curtains and windshield connector, either a drop or aft curtain in black or ivory, bow cover, tonneau cover, and portable bow shade. An electrically retractable SureShade® is optionally available for the cockpit.
The redesigned Grady-White Freedom 275 Dual Console ticks all the boxes with the flexibility of interior space, seating, and amenities. Combined, it adds up to a boat well suited for not only fishing but also cruising, exploring, and all manner of water sports.
|Dry weight:||4,972 lbs (Boat Only)||2,255 kg (Boat Only)|
|Fuel Capacity:||184 US gal||696 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Twin Yamaha Outboard|
|Engine HP:||Twin 150 or 200|