Grady-White Voyager 258 and Tournament 225

Grady-White and quality are synonymous, and the brand is well entrenched in boating lore. Evidence of this appears often, such as the day at a recent boat show when a young boy came running up the aisle behind me, father in tow, and screamed, "Here are the Gradys, Dad!"

The new Tournament 225 comes with the pedigree, but takes a fresh approach to the popular dual-console design. This boat has a flush deck. Behind the walk-through windshield is a pedestal-style helm chair to starboard and a similar companion chair, or an optional sleeper seat can be ordered.

A full transom's beauty is in the usable space gained. This one allows for an optional live well, an insulated fishbox and a foldaway bench seat.

Within the starboard side console is an enclosed compartment with an MSD. Options include a full canvas package, cockpit bolsters and a swim platform.

Also new to the Grady-White line is the Voyager 258, which, like her siblings, benefits from the SeaV2 hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates. The hull ensures solid performance in varied sea conditions. This 25-foot walkaround cabin is a good bluewater performance choice, with quality construction techniques and comfort for the entire family.

Quality components include a 316-grade stainless-steel bow rail and deck hardware. The through-hull fittings are chrome over bronze, and nonslip covers the decks and the self-bailing cockpit.

The hull is handlaid, and the mating of the hull and liner to the deck is gasketed and secured with stainless-steel screws. Stringers are encapsulated in resin, then glassed to the hull.

The 258 has a clean helm with room for electronics in a lockable box. A hardtop is optional. Seating configurations are traditional, but have the addition of a foldaway seat in the cockpit. It is ready for cruising and stowed during fishing. The cabin includes a standard V-berth with room for a portable head.

A pair of 175 hp outboards is the most the 258 will hold, but that should be plenty.

Grady-White Boats, Inc., (252) 752-2111; www.gradywhite.com.