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Old 03-15-2019, 10:25 PM
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Default Grady-White 232 Yam F250TXRD 4S 900 Hrs

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looking at a Grady-White 232 with Yam F250TXRD 4S with 900 Hrs on it.
, are there any 232 owners out there to give an opinion if that engine is underpowered for the boat? Is 900 hours on that engine high and if cared for how many hours can you expect from these engines?
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:19 PM
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My 2004 232D has Yam F150's. I'm happy enough with that power but I sure wouldn't want any less. Not sure how perf numbers look for your F250 vs twin F150's.

Edit; Grady website doesn't show a 250hp powered boat for comparison. https://www.gradywhite.com/models/wa...ulfstream-232/

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Old 03-15-2019, 11:55 PM
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Thanks for the response boat fever, how do you like the boat in general? How about the ride?
Also do you think 900 hrs is a lot of hours for this engine?
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Old 03-16-2019, 12:03 AM
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My hull is the SeaV2. not sure which year it came out on 232's. Like the ride but that's subjective. If you want to be a speed demon in 3 footers this isn't your boat, but I'm fine with the ride. Love the cockpit room for a boat it's size. The 9' 3" beam doesn't bother me since I dry stack it and don't trailer it.
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Have a 93 24 explorer cuddy in process of repowering right now with another 300 Suzuki. Light to medium load the 300 is sufficient. Add 4 ppl 150 gallons of fuel and ice and gear and she is a dog getting to plane. Hull is only rated for 300 so went with another zuke. Grady's are extremely heavy hulls 2 to 4s is no fun to fish in only try and go in 1to 2s but boat can handle 3 to 5s and then some if you get caught in the slop. Mine is a very dry boat but plan to work those tabs alot when ppl start moving around in back and shifting weight tabs are a MUST. 250 should be okay on l light to medium loan dont expect any sportscar that's a fact. Old motor 2008 zuke had 1450 hours and had some issues occurring and couldn't justify the expense to dump that kind of money in 11 year old motor plus now got 6 year warranty and hopefully another 10 plus years of enjoyment... Now to change those dang thru hulls next..

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I sold two seasons ago my 2006 with just under 1700 hours. Engine was always flushed after use and maintained by the yard with 100 hour services.

The 232 is beamy and heavy for its size and clearly benefits from twins. That said, I routinely ran it heavily loaded 20 - 50+ miles offshore. My loaded cruise was 25 mph which would push to 29-30 lightly loaded all in a range of 4600-4800 rpm. Not at all a speed demon, but worked very well and really solid platform for its size. Given the shorter length to beam, she benefits from good use of tabs in the chop.

I lost one lower unit around 1500 or 1600 hours. Replaced it and was running perfectly well when sold.

Great boat. Good luck.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:14 AM
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We decided we wanted a Gulfstream 4 or 5 years ago. My family of 5 fits perfect on that boat with room to fish. Spent a lot of time waiting it out until what we wanted in our price range showed up. We bought a well maintained 2000 232 with twin 200 ox66. I personally would not buy one with a single four stroke unless it was the 300. I run with a heavy load a lot with my wife 3 kids plus all our crap weather itís fishing or at the sandbar. The boat can be tough in close quarters even with twins. I can cruise 3600 23-25 kts. 150s are certainly adaquate. I had to come in one motor once and made 17kts on the single screw.

The wide beam is great but haveing such a wide beam on a short boat leads to pretty flat back end. It can beat a little but once you figure out where tabs like to be the deep v up front will compensate. The boat is heavy and rides like it.

We trailer with no issues. Yes you need a permit. Most donít.

We love our boat. I would recommend a sea trail on the boat with a single. Take a few people to add weight and give their opinion. Also where you are boating should be considered in twins or single.

All of that just my experience in the last few years of owning along with shopping for one. Good luck and feel free to pm if you have question about our experiences. Itís a great boat to own for its size.
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:26 AM
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Thanks all for all of your input!
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Zeebr00k View Post
Thanks for the response boat fever, how do you like the boat in general? How about the ride?
Also do you think 900 hrs is a lot of hours for this engine?
Sorry, I can't offer an experience derived opinion on the F250 w/ 900 hrs. I would search this site for Yamaha F250 issues. Plenty of folks on here with actual F250 experience.
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sea trialed one once with a single, it was unsatisfactory; could barely get on plane and the handling in a stiff breeze was a nightmare. The salesman could not get back to the dock, needed another salesperson to throw him a line. I would take the advice of Finatic and sea trial before buying. It is a big 23 footer
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:24 PM
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I too sea trailed one with an f250. It barely got on plane without thrashing the motor and was basically a dog. Great boat, but like everyone has said it needs 300 ho to get it going. Twins would seem to be best from What people told me. Boat is bigger than you would think for a 23...
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:47 PM
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Had one with twin 200's..
fully agree with handling statement. Even with twins, it was the most difficult docking boat I owned. Something about its design and bracket made it challanging. Our larger wellcraft is a piece of cake compares to the 232.
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