The 2000 and 2001 263 Chase are essentially the same boats as the 273 Chase. The 273 has the live well in the back, and has an electronic instrumentation cover. That being said, here is a review by Powerboat Reports, perhaps the only publication worth relying on.
What Powerboat Reports had to say, they are sadly gone, probably because they took no advertising $. But it was a very good publication.
Perhaps PowerBoat Reports, August 2001 can be the judge:
Grady White put a lot of thought into this boat. We liked the uncluttered helm arrangement, the deep cockpit, overbuilt hardware, insulated lockers, urethane-bonded hull-to-deck joint, and the price-yes, the price. Usually Grady Whites sit at the very top of the price list. To our surprise, the $74,840.00 Chase 263 is less than the Regulator, Contender and Pursuit, although the Pursuit includes a forward cuddy.
Considering the market, the 263 is an excellent value that more than holds it's own against the competition.
Value Guide: 1 = poor, 5 =excellent
Overall utility 4
Overall apperance 5
High speed performance 4
low speed performance 4
Hull integrity 4
Exterior finish 5
interior fit/finish 5
Ease of maint/repair 4
Passenger seating 5
fore and side decks 4
seating comfort 4
Source: POWERBOAT REPORTS.com Volume 14, number 8 , August 2001
GRADY WHITE CHASE 263: A Safe Bet
This 27 foot center console lives up to the Grady name, with a tough hull, thoughtful deck layout and superb fit and finish. And compared to the competition, it's reasonably priced.