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A dual console with multiple roles

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With its twin swim platforms, enclosed head compartment and seating from bow to stern, the new Grady-White Freedom 235 dual console is designed to meet all of your dayboating needs, from fishing and water sports to snorkeling and swimming.

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The swim platforms, integrated into the hull, flank the single outboard. The starboard platform has a sturdy four-step swim ladder. The cockpit can be accessed through a transom door, also on the starboard side.

The oversized head includes stowage that extends into the bow for rods and skis. The transom has a built-in 160-quart insulated box for your catch or your refreshments. The adjacent storage box can be plumbed for an optional 15.5-gallon live well. A recessed freshwater cockpit shower is standard.

An aft bench seat folds away neatly, and there’s an optional ski pylon for towing. An optional inboard-facing wet bar to starboard in the cockpit includes drink holders and a 35-quart Yeti cooler. The cushioned seating that fills the bow can accommodate six passengers. A hardtop or canvas Bimini also is available.

The 23-footer rides Grady-White’s SeaV2 variable deadrise hull (20 degrees at the transom). It can be powered with a Yamaha F250 or F300. With an F300, the boat tops out at 44 mph and gets about 3 mpg at 26 to 28 mph. At 41 mph, mileage dips to 2 mpg. With an F250, the boat hits 43 mph wide open and cruises at 26 mph with a mileage rating of 2.7 mpg. The F250-powered boat also gets 2 mpg at 41 mph but at a higher rpm of 5,500. Fuel capacity is 115 gallons.

Cockpit depth is 25 inches, and the boat can carry a crew of 10. Grady-White Boats, Greenville, North Carolina, (252) 752-2111. gradywhite.com

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue.