Grady’s new Tournament 275
Grady’s new Tournament 275
Grady-White Boats has taken the dual console, fish-and-ski style outboard boat to the big time. While earlier models in its family-friendly Tournament line measure 18, 20 and 22 feet, the new 27-foot Tournament 275 is designed for bigger coastal waters.
Joey Weller, director of sales and marketing for the Greenville, N.C., builder, says the jump in size is a response to customer demand. “They want something bigger,” says Weller, “something that can take them farther offshore, and be able to entertain more people. At one time, they felt comfortable with a 20 or 22 Tournament series. Now they can do more things and with more people.”
Versatility is the name of the game with the 275, according to Weller. The boat comes equipped not only with fishing features but with a list of standard and optional seating and entertainment amenities. Included in the layout are a cushioned, folding aft bench seat, adjustable helm and companion seats, a walkthrough windshield, cushioned bow seating, and a low-profile stainless steel bow rail. Options include an electronically controlled, extendable lounge seat abaft the companion seat, wet bar with a sink, food prep area and trash can on the starboard side abaft the helm seat and a cockpit table.
Combined with the aft bench seat, the port-side lounge creates a sizeable L-shaped cockpit seating area. “With the port lounge in the stored position … you’re still able to get to the gunwales and use the toe rails for fishing,” says Weller.
The standard helm and companion seats are pedestal-style, and for offshore anglers that configuration yields the most space in the 60-square-foot self-bailing cockpit. One major design consideration, the builder says, was a roomy, enclosed head compartment. The 275’s lockable port-side head compartment includes access to storage that extends beneath the bow seating. Head options range from a portable marine head to an electric-flush model with a 10-gallon holding tank. The starboard console contains storage, and there is a windshield wiper for the helm side.
Fishing features include four rod holders, an aft 185-quart insulated fishbox with overboard drain, and an 88-quart insulated fishbox with overboard drain forward in the starboard seating. A 32-gallon lighted live well is available as an option. The boat also has cockpit bolsters, LED cockpit lighting, cockpit shower, a cutting board, 11 cup holders, hydraulic tilt steering, hydraulic trim tabs with trim indicator, stainless steel steering wheel, and a satellite-ready stereo system.
The 275 has a hand-laid deep-vee hull and deck, and comes with such other standard features as a pair of 2,600-gph automatic bilge pumps, basic flotation, stainless steel through-bolted deck hardware, stainless steel through-hull fittings, a non-skid fiberglass liner, transom door, and an integrated outboard mounting system with a swim platform and ladder.
The Tournament 275 currently is available only with twin outboards. Grady-White builds 21 different models of outboard-powered boats from 18 feet to 36 feet, including center consoles, dual consoles, walkarounds and express-style fishing boats.
LOA: 27 feet
BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches
DRAFT: 1 foot, 5 inches
DISPLACEMENT: 4,972 pounds (without engines)
HULL TYPE: deep-vee
TRANSOM DEADRISE: 20 degrees
TANKAGE: 200 gallons fuel, 20 gallons water, 10 gallons waste (optional) POWER:twin outboards to 500 hp
SPEED: 46 mph top, 29 mph cruise (with twin Yamaha F150s) SUGGESTED PRICE: $100,615
CONTACT: Grady-White Boats, Greenville, N.C.
Phone: (252) 752-2111.