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Old 09-29-2011, 12:40 PM
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Default 35 Everglades EX vs. 36 GradyWhite express

I am posting this for a friend that is looking at changing up boats but is stuck between two and is not very good on computers. (Not that I am much better)

He currently has a 2007 32' Lhurs open that he bought new as a left over in 2008. It was a big step up for him coming from a 22' mako but fell in love with the diesel inboards and torque. the down side is he lives on a bay and when hurricane Charlie came though it silted in part of the bay's channel and the country has put is on there "to do list" but has been a couple of years and still no dredging, so a mid-low tide the water is at 3' and he needs 3'2" with half a tank of fuel. He has decided even though he loves his inboards he should go back to outboards so he is not tide restricted anymore and can keep it on a lift.

He has been going to the Miami boat show for the last five years and has always liked the Grady Whites and everglades. The pros of the Grady is: it is longer, much bigger beam, has a v-birth a table that drops into a double bed and a birth under the stairs. The cons of the Grady are: it is a much heavier boat, and a little thirstier.
The Pros of the Everglades are: itís unsinkable; it "claims" to take waves head on better, slightly faster and slightly less thirsty.
The majority of his boat is going out diving and spear fishing. But his wife hates going off shore so one weekend every month he has to take his wife some place and spend the weekend on the boat somewhere. He also has two sons and a sister-in-law that sometimes goes with him on the weekend getaway.

Which of the two boats do you think would be better for him? Please only pick either the 36 Grady White or the 35 Everglades EX. We all know the 50 Viking fly bridge would be a nice fit but the draft is a little more then 3'
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Grady. But first tell him to go back to Miami and run both. I think the Grady would fit him best for overnighting.



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For what he is doing, Grady will be more comfortable.
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It is a matter of widely varying opinions. Recently there has been a plethora of grady bashing posts that seem to rank Grady's ride as slightly better than a carolina skiff, and rank grady quality slightly better than seafox and bayliners.
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Everglades ..........345 Boston whaler would be a close second in that class.
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Can't beat grady at its own game. I'd say the lx everglades if going everglades more of a day boat setup with shade and tower and the ability to overnight. Pursuit would be my second choice behind grady for express
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Pursuit AFTER the Grady? HaHaHa

Check out this ride-the perfect boat for his needs

http://pursuitboats.com/OS345.htm
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I have to agree with yayaginki
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Well he wasn't really putting pursuit on his list but if be looking at grady pursuit not everglades.
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Everglades. I haven't fished the 36 Grady but my friend has the 35LX and it's a superb boat. Ride, fit and finish, plenty of cockpit and cabin space, plus the seating in front of the helm. Last but not least, no wood. I'm also a former Grady owner so I'm not bashing.
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Well since owning a 36' Grady previously I would lean to the Everglades. I have never been on the Everglades. IMO the Grady will use more fuel (heavier, wider), runs bow high (hopefully owner is 6' or taller), vision is limited from inside the helm, only cruises at 30-32 mph. With the trip 250's it was not easily manuevered in the current and wind. Prior issues with electronic throttles causing engines to stall. Generator just okay. As stated the GW will have more room (width of boat) and be probably be nicer for the family if you plan to do alot of overnighting. PM if you have additional questions.
Be sure to test run the GW with twin 350's because my contacts have said the boat tops out at 41mph about the same as with trips. Although I usually ran with full fuel & water which will make a difference.
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Grady with the 350's is a superb machine. They are laid for a fisherman and will eat the rough stuff, but not as fast as a semi production. I'd certainly take one over an Everglades. Ask Everglades how many windshields they have replaced......
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triples on boths are pretty close when it comes to efficiency, according to both there own websites. the grady is over 2 ft wider. grady is 2 mph slower at cruise which is nothing in the long run and both are very close in top end. mid 50"s in that boat must be amazing. i know if it was me it would even be a question id be all over that grady. plus that everglades doesnt look very big inside for a 35 lots of space up top, but not a fan of the side profile of evergaldes, way ugly.

http://www.evergladesboats.com/pdf/350EX-glance.pdf
http://www.gradywhite.com/360/perfor...data/1/F350TRI
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I thought I loved the Everglades untill I got on one. Seems like it should have more space, I guess it's the beam. The cabin also felt small to me and I'm only 5'11" and wasn't wearing shoes.
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Take a look at the EdgeWater 335 Express - http://www.ewboats.com/335_express_22.html. I looked at it in NY last winter. It's cabin is bigger than the Everglades 350EX, and has more usable cockpit. It feels much larger than Grady and Everglades models.
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