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Old 04-02-2011, 06:29 PM
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Default Are Grady White boats worth the money?

We are getting close to a deal on Freedom 192, the new dual console. Are these boats worth the money?
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:33 PM
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Have you posted on: www.greatgrady.com?

I bought mine used, Escape 209. Great boat for me.
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That's something only you can decide. There's a lot of cheaper boats out there but they don't compare to a Grady IMO. I personally would spend the extra $$ for a quality boat, as they say "the quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten".
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New dual console? They have been making dual console 19s since the 80s. Tournament 19s.


BTW get it, it's a good boat. What power?
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I own a Grady now, and have owned several other brands as well. I think they are good boats, but not as good as their price would have you believe.
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I have a Grady and say it is definitely worth the extra money!!!! But as stated before only you can make that decision for yourself!!
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Buy a Pioneer Venture 197 with a Suzuki DF150. Use it 200hrs a year for 10 years. Sell it for 40% of original price.

Then....

Buy a Pioneer Venture 197 with a Suzuki DF150. Use it 200hrs a year for 10 years. Sell it for 40% of original price.

Then....

Tell yourself the GW would have been worth it after 20 years of happy boating, including the cost of the fuel in the Pioneer for what the GW would have cost.

If you can justify that then go ahead and buy the GW.

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I say 5 pages.

Oh, Grady is worth what you think is worth, not your neighbor.
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I agree, a boat is worth what you are willing to pay for it.

As to my personal opinion, is grady a great boat, YES! Is it overpriced because of it's name, YES!

It's a double-edged sword. Lets just say(and i have no idea the prices), the 19' dual console goes for 40k, I think you can find comparable quality in the same sized boat, for around 35k. So thats roughly 10% overpriced for what it is. It's tough, because they get a name for a reason, and that's good quality. So, by buying the name you are getting the quality that you are paying for. Are there 35k boats in that range that are NOT as good as the grady, sure.

IMO, Grady is a very very good boat, but I think overpriced, floating on a name.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:22 PM
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I have a 1997 Grady 192, love it. No problems with the hull and with a Honda 130 my fuel costs are minimal!
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Grady is good. New, not worth the money...used definitely.

Like wearing a polo shirt, you say it is the quality but that's not really why u buy it.
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The new grady hull, 90 and later is a great riding,tough hull. I just hope they have improved there finish compared to what it use to be. I can tell you a 1990 similar size to mine, wouldn't trade mine for it!!! I agree that it is a great boat and on the size your talking,not to much hardware to begin with. Good luck with your purchase I think there are alot of builders out there now that compete quality wise and are much cheaper. Your paying for the name.
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I looked closely at a Grady when I bought my last boat and for me they were not worth the extra money for what you get. They are good boats & it's really about what you want to spend your money on....
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Thanks for the opinions. I went in for the Parker 1801 with 115 yamaha and came out with the Grady 192 with the 150 yamaha. Did I mention that I was with my wife? She was not interested in a center console and liked the dual console...how could I argue with that? I am thrilled to get this much boat and to have full permission.
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No offense, but if you are already thrilled and the admiral has made her mind, why bother to post?
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I think he wanted a warm fuzzy from guys to be more comfortable with the decision the admiral made.

All in all, you may have paid a bit more, but you have a boat, it is NOT a bad boat by any stretch, and the wife is happy. there's probably like a 1% chance you could have done any better.
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Typical Grady buyer, all about what others think...

Good luck have fun and be safe and remember always wear a pink polo while fishing
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I think there are alot of builders out there now that compete quality wise and are much cheaper.

There are also builders out there who produce crap, and plenty of people that think they're the cat's puddin ...

Asking if a boat is worth it is like asking if your wife if pretty. Some folks get a woodie, some get nauseated, but none of 'em have to look at her across the pillow ...
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I have a 2000 Grady White 265 Express! It's the BEST 26' cabin boat out there!
Ride quality, speed and fuel economy can't be touched by inboard 26' boats either!
Now getting back to the " is it worth it? " thing...
I bought mine used and saved big $$$. I wouldn't go brand new but if you can and do
the 19 Grady DC is a real good boat! It won't be as fast as other 19' DCs with same hp because it's heavier than almost all other DCs of the same length! I really like the Grady DC line up. For the same $$ I'd go used and get a late model 225! Just a thought! Good Luck!
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