This very nice Grady-White 305 Express has twin F250 Yamaha engines with very Low Hours (210 original engine hours) and a Bow Thruster (factory installed). Full engine service and re-paint of the bottom in Spring 2022. Easy Cruise at 35 mph =4500 rpm= 1.2 mpg. All standard Grady-White items, plus Anchor Windlass, Factory Hardtop, Outriggers, rear curtain for the helm enclosure. Holding tank with Y-valve and overboard discharge. Furuno NavNet electronics, VHF Radio and Kenwood Stereo with helm remote. Heat/AC runs while connected to Shore Power. Located Offsite, please call the Listing Broker for a Boarding Appt.
I ate significant crow after stating unequivocally that Grady-White could never sell its 33-footer that people just wouldn't buy such an expensive outboard-powered boat. As it turned out, the company couldn't keep up with demand.
So I kept my mouth shut when Grady introduced its 36-footer. Sure enough, they sell every hull they can build.
Being customer driven has its advantages. Grady-White listened to owners and dealers before designing the new 305 Express and incorporated all the cool stuff the company put aboard its 33 and 36 in this smaller model ? making it one of the best-equipped 30-foot outboard fishing boats in existence.
Tropical Storm Beryl just barely passed us by, leaving us with one of the prettiest days I've seen in Beaufort, North Carolina. A day like that warrants some serious offshore fishing, so we headed about 10 miles north of Big Rock, approximately a 60-mile run southeast. After plugging the waypoint into this factory boat's new Raymarine E-Series nav system, I pushed the throttles forward and discovered that even with a pair of Yamaha 250 hp four-strokes, the 305 acts like a bigger boat, taking about five seconds to rise onto plane. The 305 also handled the 3- to 4-foot-high long ocean swells like a bigger boat, offering a truly wonderful ride. I noted that the changes made to this hull also make it a different ride from the 30-foot Bimini center console model.
Speaking of throttles, Grady positioned these so you need to reach over them to use some of your electronics, causing an occasional arm bump on the levers. Also, I couldn't put the electronics compartment up all the way and still see the Yamaha Command Link engine gauges.
I purposely turned up-sea straight into a set of square waves and launched the 305 out of the water. It sounded like a heavy door closing softly when it landed. With the wheel hard-over, the 305 banks nicely and tail-slides just enough to prevent passengers from being moved outboard. Remarkably, it carves a 180-degree turn in just about one boat length, though it bleeds off most of its speed in the process. You gotta love that power-assist steering. Oh, and the 305 also loves running down-sea. The wide beam assures a stable roll moment when drifting or slow-trolling in beam seas. And finally, whether maneuvering around the docks or a fish, this 30-footer with a bow thruster spins like a hard drive.
Top speed at 6,000 rpm touched 45.5 mph while using 43.1 gph. A more modest 5,100 rpm offered 1 mpg at 35 gph, not a significant difference from 35 mph (4,500 rpm) that gave us 1.2 mpg.
Every decision maker in Grady's marketing and engineering departments qualifies as a skilled angler, bordering on obsessive. Ergo, I'd describe the fishing features aboard the 305 Express as second to none. For example, similar to larger Grady models, the 305 provides optional freezer plates in the fish boxes, including the big box in the transom. A 32-gallon livewell seals to protect baits while underway.
Grady still boasts one of the best fold-down transom-seat designs in the business for that ride out to the grounds. Then, of course, there's the actual fishing stuff: three rod holders, two drink holders and downrigger ball holders all under each cockpit gunwale. Add three more rocket launchers on each hardtop leg, three more in each gunwale, fresh- and saltwater washdown in the cockpit, tackle trays and cockpit coaming pads, and you have an unsurpassed fishing platform. And I must mention the ladder, deployable from the water and recessed into the swim platform.
Design and Construction
One of the things I appreciate most about Grady-White boats is the company's fabulous attention to detail. Grady employs standard construction and materials, building a solid bottom with end-grain balsa-cored topsides.
Top-quality gelcoat combined with isophthalic resins make for a very durable hull laminate.
I also noticed more 12 VDC power points for cellphones, spotlights, etc., than I've seen on previous Grady models, a sign of the times, I guess.
Belowdecks, you will find a small double berth. A table (with a cushion insert) drops down to fill the vee in the berth. But as Grady unabashedly says, the spaces primary function is as dinette, and the berth is secondary. Plus, you'll find additional sleeping quarters in the form of a midship berth under the bridge deck. A galley fills the portside, and you get a stand-up head with shower too. Grady employs a useful trick I first saw on large custom yachts: hiding the television behind a one-way mirror. The remote works through the mirror. TV on ? no mirror. TV off ? no TV. The system also boasts built-in inputs for a movie camera so you can easily watch that fish you just fought or even plug in your MP3 player for shipboard music if you choose.
So if you want the most luxurious, best-equipped and laid-out 30-foot offshore fishing machine, but still want outboards, your search stops at Grady-White.Disclaimer
The company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change or withdrawal without notice.