BY MICHAEL VATALARO
Family In Front, Fish In Back
As consumers, we demand that many of our day-to-day items multitask. Boats are no different
he fact that most boating families
pursue a variety of activities on the
water hasn’t been lost on boatbuilders. Fishing boat manufacturers in particular must balance the needs
of the hard-core angler with the realities of
bringing the family along on the rest of the
Back in the late 1960s, Stamas introduced the V- 24 Tarpon as “the world’s
only open fisherman with an enclosed toilet compartment,” and the discomfiting
headline “Stamas Builds the Open Fisherman That Ladies Love.” (While we’re indulging in nostalgia, the starting price for
the 24-footer was $5,895. Nope, there’s
no digit missing).
Today, it takes a lot more than an
enclosed head to make the family happy.
Think refrigeration, seating that’s more
than a cushion on a cooler, plenty of
shade, cup holders, handholds, and, oh
yeah, the grill. Many of these creature
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comforts used to mean you had a cabin
forward, in either a walkaround configuration or a cuddy layout. That meant either
less seating above deck, or less fishing
space, depending on your perspective.
But with some clever engineering, today,
heads, fridges, grills, and even belowdecks
berths, are showing up on dual consoles
and center consoles.
The Freedom 255 dual console
from Grady-White is a great example.
“We’ve brought the cabin up onto the
deck,” explains Joey Weller, vice president
for sales and marketing at Grady-White.
“Those cabin features are up top now.”
In this case, an optional wet bar or grill
behind the helm seat stands in for what
Grady-White Freedom 255
LOA: 24’ 9”
BEAM: 8’ 6”
DRAFT (ENGINES UP): 20”
WEIGHT: 4,459 lbs.
LOA: 34’ 11”
BEAM: 10’ 9”
WEIGHT: 9,100 lbs.
LOA: 29’ 8”
BEAM: 9’ 8”
WEIGHT: 8,396 lbs.