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Grady-White Freedom 225

SmallPower02_insideThe Grady-White Freedom 225 (formerly the Tournament 225) was launched in 2003, but the Greenville, N.C., builder had manufactured a dual console in various configurations for many years before that. The 225 was designed for the family, with a fold-down, two-person transom seat, a portside companion seat with an aft-facing seat on its backside and wraparound bow seating. There is a head in the portside console.

With ample foam flotation, the builder calls the 225 unsinkable. The self-bailing deck's fishboxes, coolers and other compartments are all above the waterline and drain overboard, he says. Cockpit-sole toerails and multiple handrails demonstrate the manufacturer's attention to safety.

A single Yamaha F200, F250 or F300 powers the Freedom 225. The outboard is mounted on an engine bracket to maximize interior space.

The builder employs resin transfer molding for a gelcoat-like finish on all lids and hatches. Hulls and decks are still open-molded. The bottom is solid fiberglass, and the stringers, transom and decks are cored with XL marine plywood and encapsulated in fiberglass.

The Freedom 225 can run 3.5 miles on a gallon of fuel while cruising from 24 to 31 mph.

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