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Old 12-08-2005, 08:53 AM
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I just sold my Grady 257 and want to move into a cabin Grady. I really would like a new 282 but I don't really want a boat loan + I run my boat 80% alone and don't really need the fishing space. I don't want to buy used. I am too much of a neat freak. However I would like to do some overnight trips on the bay and stay at a few ports I have not been to. Is the cabin big enough for two adults to sleep in for a night or two? Any 258 owners out there?
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This will be your third Grady in 3 or 4 years, right?

I have looked at the 258 a lot and think it would do ok for an occassional overnighter. It is a bit tight but you should be able to sleep there so long as you have access to bath facilities on shore. The 23 has a nicer cabin (plus a better layout with the re-design for 2006) but I can't see sleeping in that top bunk. Too bad Grady discoutinued the 265 Express and the 270 Islander as those would seem to fit your needs pretty well. I would like to see Grady produce the layout of the 23 in a 25' length.

Have you considered the Boston Whaler 25? It seems to have a pretty nice cabin and layout.

Also, what about the Carolina Classic 25? I like the cabin, the head stows nicely out of the way, and the ride is great. However, it is pretty heavy to tow much unless you have a big truck.
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I know you said you didn't want to buy used, but here is a 2005 Islander demo that might interest you.

http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/8/9/81682889.htm

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JeffGSR - 12/10/2005 9:20 PM I know you said you didn't want to buy used, but here is a 2005 Islander demo that might interest you. http://adcache.boattraderonline.com/6/8/9/81682889.htm Good luck with your search! -Jeff greatgrady.com
Taylor's Landing is across the street from our condo community. I see that Islander every day.

Happy to discuss the Islander 270, cruising the Bay, sleeping onboard, and single vs. twin engine configuration.

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I would like to see Grady produce the layout of the 23 in a 25' length.
Actually they did- for 4 years in the early 90's- it was called the Dolphin. Same hull as the (then) 25' Sailfish, interior layout of the Gulfstream.
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A trailerable anything is going to get to be a bit small. Those in the mid 20s can be just fine for 2 for occasional weekending but it does not take long to get the urge for more distance between the pointy end & blunt end plus wanting a bit more beam & all the comforts that the larger boat has.

There is a huge difference between something in the mid to upper 20s & something in the lower 30s. Factor in things like single or twin, go fast or go slow, warm climate or cool cruising & you have a multitude of boats to choose from. Don't get hooked on one builder just cause that is what you had before.
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Thanks for the input. It is hard to believe Grady no longer has a boat between 25 and 28. The demo looks nice but I would not want a single again after two years of twins.

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I know I am crazy 3 new Gradys in 4 year. Dirk and the boys take such good care of me I can seem to switch brands so it looks like a 4th Grady. I like the Pursuit 26 offshore. Just wish Taylor Marine in Milford DE would sell them.

Plan B is go with a Chase 273 with twin F250 and stay in a center console.
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SOB, I would second checking out the Whaler conquest. I had it up against my Grady 228 at sea trials. It had a fairly nice cuddy for a small boat.
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I would take a serious look at a new Gulfstream with twin 150's......Great boat with the wide beam...Feels more like a 25 and will sleep 2 comfortably....3 if you want to use the bunk....Plenty of fishing room and easy to handle with the twins....
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Look into an Islander before you go for the Sailfish,Has all the goodies as the 282 and is legal to trailer,great to overnight in with the head,fridge,stove and microwave.Don't have a problem with a used one,just be sure it has (in my opinion)a minimum of twin 175's on her.just my 2 cents worth!
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son of a butcher - 12/12/2005 6:37 PMThanks for the input. It is hard to believe Grady no longer has a boatbetween 25 and 28. The demo looks nice but I would not want a singleagain after two years of twins.Frank007. I know I am crazy 3 new Gradys in 4 year. Dirk and the boystake such good care of me I can seem to switch brands so it looks likea 4th Grady. I like the Pursuit 26 offshore. Just wish Taylor Marine inMilford DE would sell them.Plan B is go with a Chase 273 with twin F250 and stay in a centerconsole.
Agood dealer helps a lot with the boating experience and Taylor Marineis great, so I can understand why you want to stay with them (I wouldlike to also, assuming the right boat). That is why I suggested aWhaler as TMC sells them as well and the layouts are pretty good.Any chance you would consider a 27 Worldcat as another way to stay withTMC?
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I don't care for the engine bracket on the 232. Maybe I will look at the Whaler. I wish they still made a Islander or 265.
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hey son of a butcher are you a Manhiem Township graduate? I hail from Lancaster and finished high school there in 74 Mark Byron
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That 270 islander for sale has a single. I'm usually the one teasing the people who need the power to hit 55 mph, however a single on a 27 foot grady just seems silly.
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We (wife and I) weekend on our Robalo R235 alot. It has a very generous cabin, full kitchen, head, plenty of sleeping room for two, a nice cockpit for lounging and its trailerable.

I've had bigger, I would not go back.
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Looked at a Pursuit 2006 2570 Offshore and liked that yesterday. I don't know much about Rhode River Marine in MD
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