Boat Review by: Richard Crowder
Grady-White’s newest model, this 191 CE (Coastal Explorer) is its second in this series. Both Coastal Explorer models, the other being the 251 CE, are center console designs yet both ride on unique hulls not found within Grady’s nine models of center consoles. Both of these models offer a complement of versatile, family-friendly, recreational, and multi-purpose amenities.
In all, for 2016, Grady-White offers twenty-seven models from eighteen to thirty-seven feet in five series of Center Console, Dual-Console, Express Cabins, Walkaround Cabins, and of course these two Coastal Explorers.
Like other Grady-White models, the 191 CE rides on Grady-White’s exclusive SeaV²® hull which was developed in 1988 and designed exclusively for Grady-White by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, “the originators of the modified vee.” It is of all-composite construction including the transom with hand-laid fibreglass hull and deck and “enough foam flotation to ensure the boat is unsinkable.”
The noticeable and trademark raised forward sheer that delineates all Grady-White designs helps create a commendable 22-inches of depth within the self-draining cockpit of the 191 CE. And this cockpit is loaded with versatile features. Starting at the transom, to either side of the motor well are transom platforms level with a full-width molded stern bench seat.
Within the port side transom platform is a recessed 4-step telescoping stainless steel boarding ladder with a lid and within the starboard side, access to mechanicals. These two platforms together with the stern bench seat make an extra large stern casting platform. Within the centre portion of the stern bench seat is a 48-quart self-draining insulated cooler compartment which may be optionally fitted with a 12-gallon lit livewell. Port and starboard side storage compartments are provided with standard seat cushions and available with optional backrests.
At the helm console, a two-person lean bar with a pair of built-in rodholders plus a removable backrest allows both forward seating for driving and aft-facing for fishing or social interaction. An acrylic windshield with safety handrail provides wind and weather protection at the center console helm which itself features lockable console storage, ample flat area for surface mounting of instrumentation plus a footrest, stainless steel wheel with standard hydraulic steering, a compass, 12-volt accessory receptacle, and a pair of stainless drinkholders.
The forward face of this helm console has a molded single seat with cushion and padded backrest and with a built-in 70-quart cooler beneath the seat cushion. This cooler may also be optionally upgraded with a 17.5-gallon lit livewell. A pair of standard vertical rodholders are mounted to each side of this forward seat.
A casting platform deck fills the entire bow area of the 191 CE with a molded-in step on each side for easier access. A molded-in and finished compartment comprises almost the entire floor of this forward deck and is further compartmentalized within with an anchor and rode or rope storage in the starboard section and a huge insulated and drained section on the port side which may be used as a fishbox, a cooler, or for dry storage. Low profile bow safety rails protect each side of this bow area.
One of the unique features of this bow area is that not only are optional cushions available to fill its entire area, but a hi-low table is also available to fit between this area and the forward-facing helm seat. This table may then be lowered and with a filler cushion in place, create a huge forward sunlounge. Then add another pair of backrests, or utilize the two optional stern seat backrests, and more forward-facing bow seating/lounging is created.
Additional standard equipment includes stern rails, pop-up cleats, and blue LED cockpit courtesy lighting. Some options you may wish to consider might include a bimini top in ivory or navy or perhaps the soft top T-top with storage net, spreader light, plus dedicated antennae mounting flats. Perhaps choose a 65-quart or 72-quart carry-on cooler for under the helm seat, cockpit freshwater shower, raw water washdown, tilt steering, AM/FM stereo with MP3 input, Bluetooth® connectivity plus amplifier and four speakers, and perhaps a ski tow attachment.
The 191 CE is rated for a maximum of 200 horsepower. Factory tests with a 150 Yamaha show an optimum cruising speed of 27 mph at 3800 RPM and a top speed of almost 47 mph at 6000 RPM while a 200 Yamaha increased the optimum cruising speed to 28 mph at a lower 3600 RPM with a top speed of almost 52 mph at 6000 RPM. The choice of power is yours to make as is your choice of six optional hull side colours.
As Grady-White says, “Here’s family-and-fishing-friendly new boat design at its Grady-White best.”
|Length:||19' 4"||5.89 m|
|Beam:||8' 2"||2.49 m|
|Dry weight:||2,360 (Boat only) lbs||1,070 kg|
|Draft:||1' 2"||40 cm|
|Fuel Capacity:||51 US gals||197 L|
|Base Engine / Drive:||Yamaha Outboard|