Grady-White 326

A new addition to the Canyon line raises the bar for center console design
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LOA: 31’2” / Beam: 10’9” / Draft: 2’0” / Weight (w/o engines): 8,500 lbs. / Fuel: 327 gals. / Power: (2) Yamaha F300 4-strokes / Price: $304,245

LOA: 31’2” / Beam: 10’9” / Draft: 2’0” / Weight (w/o engines): 8,500 lbs. / Fuel: 327 gals. / Power: (2) Yamaha F300 4-strokes / Price: $304,245

For 60 years, Grady-White’s been known for building reliable boats that get owners to the fishing grounds and back again. The new Canyon 326 builds on that reputation, but also offers features for the comfort of family.

“The 326 fits in nicely between our Canyon 306 and 336,” says Grady-White Design Engineer Christian Carraway. “We paid a lot of attention to interior space and making the best possible use of her beam.” An example is a gunwale scoop-out that makes walking past the console easy. “We also pulled in the hardtop supports close to the console, so there are no tripping points in that area,” he siad. That carefully managed beam makes the 326 a very roomy boat.

For fishing, the boat includes a 32-gallon livewell, three insulated fish boxes (two at 180 quarts each and one with 318 quarts) and holders for 24 rods, including in-floor rod stowage in the head compartment under the console. The 326 also features a rigging station with freshwater sink and faucet, lockable stowage drawers and tackle trays.

Even with all of the fishing features, there’s plenty of seating room for guests. The cockpit has a fold-away aft bench seat and the bow has port and starboard cushioned lounges with fold-away backrests plus two forward-facing seats on the console, all in addition to the three captain’s chairs at the helm. Inside the console there’s a stand-up cherry-accented head compartment, a stainless-steel sink with pull-out faucet and stowage.

Twin 300-hp Yamaha outboards should deliver a top speed of about 43 knots with a 26-knot cruise, according to Grady-White. Twin 350-hp Yamahas are also available to get you to the fishing grounds even faster. Yamaha Helm Master joystick steering with station-keeping modes is available as an option.

The 326 has starboard and port built-in swim platforms and a port-side dive door to help crew land those big tunas and billfish or to get back in the boat after a swim. The boat has fresh and raw-water washdowns and clear access to the anchor through a bow-walkthrough. Forward, a lounge can be converted to a sun pad by adding a drop-in cushion. On the 326 Canyon, it’s possible to bring most of your fishing friends and family along for the ride, because there is plenty of room for all of them.­

This article originally appeared in the August 2019 issue.