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  • IN THIS ISSUE: Tournaments and Events | Club News | Letters and Photos | Customer Tips | New Boats!

    Anchorlinet h e g ra dy - w h i t e o w n e r s n e ws l e t t e r

    G R A D Y - W H I T E | T H E U L T I M A T E I N B O A T I N G S A T I S F A C T I O N | W W W . G R A D Y W H I T E . C O M | S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 | V O L U M E 2 9 N O . 2

    Grady-White Owners Clubs Are Happening!See pages 4-5

    Worlds Largest Gathering of Grady Owners: Grady Fest 2009 The Gulf Coast Grady Fest was held at the new Charlotte Harbor Conference Center in Punta Gorda, FL, on March 28. Over 250 Grady-White owners and enthusiasts from throughout Florida and as far as New York and Indiana attended the daylong symposium. The event lived up to its motto: The Largest Gathering of Grady Owners in the World. This first-ever Grady Fest was a project of the Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club, sponsored by Ingman Marine of Port Charlotte, FL, and supported by several of the states other Grady owners clubs and dealers.

    The Grady Fest was the brainchild

    of Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club

    members Dan and Cher Clark, whose

    intent was to offer the chance for clubs

    all around Florida to get together for

    a day of education, entertainment

    and socializing. Throughout the day,

    attendees were treated to presenta-

    tions from Yamaha, Garmin, SPOT

    Locator, mystery/suspense author

    and attorney Terry Griffin discussing

    liability on the water, an offshore char-

    ter captain, several seafood chefs, and

    a dermatologist offering sun protec-

    tion advice. In addition there were

    vendor booths, information displays

    and an owners forum by Grady-White

    factory representatives.

    This was an exciting day with

    beautiful arrangements in a bay set-

    ting, expressed Benny Parrish, service

    manager of Cannons Marina,

    Longboat Key, FL.

    It was a great time to mingle with cus-

    tomers and bring Grady owners together.

    There were separate forums for

    the captains and first mates. Ken

    Wright is the current commodore of

    the Gulfstream Grady Club, sponsored

    by Mariner Marine, Riviera Beach, FL.

    He and his wife, Donna, are Express 330

    owners who winter in North Palm

    Beach and live in Shelter Island, NY,

    during the summer. I found the Grady

    Fest to be of particular interest. I liked

    the Yamaha presentation about filters,

    ethanol and tank operation. Garmin hit

    a home run, and opened my eyes to dig-

    ital communication. Donna comment-

    ed, As a result of the opening remarks

    by the USCG Auxiliary in the womens

    session, I made a special point on a

    recent trip to learn as much as possible

    from my husband about how to handle

    the boat, so that I would be better pre-

    pared in case of an emergency. And, the

    tips on sun safety were good and we

    benefited from the opportunity to try

    sample sunscreen products.

    Dick and Loretta Corle, Release 283

    owners, winter in Fort Myers Beach

    and summer in Portland, IN. From a

    womans point of view the Fest was just

    GARMIN MARINE ELECTRONICS representatives were on the Captains agenda at the Grady Fest.

    continued on page 2

  • 2G R A D Y - W H I T E | T H E U L T I M A T E I N B O A T I N G S A T I S F A C T I O N | W W W . G R A D Y W H I T E . C O M | S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 | V O L U M E 2 9 N O . 2

    July 097/1/09Chesapeake Bay Grady-White ClubWish-a-Fish

    7/1/09Somers Point Grady-White ClubNight in Venice Boat Parade

    7/4/09Tarpon Coast Grady-White ClubBoat Raft-Up Party

    7/7-20/09Vero Marine Center Grady BunchBahamas Trip

    7/10/09Northwest Grady-White ClubPort Ludlow Golf and Crab Rendezvous

    7/11/09Bayside MarineCruise to Bostons Tall Ship Parade

    7/11/09Coastal Georgia Grady ClubSunbury Crab Co. Day Trip

    7/17/09Lake Erie Grady-White ClubRendezvous

    7/18/09Morehead MarineMorehead City, NCOwners Tournament

    7/18/09Somers Point MarinaSomers Point, NJOwners Tournament

    7/18/09Southeastern MarinersCruise

    7/22/09Tampa Bay Grady-White ClubSteinhatchee Scallop Trip

    7/24/09Southern NEGrady-White ClubGreenport/New York Trip 7/25/09Crockers MarineOwners Tournament 7/25/09Bayside MarineDuxbury, MACruise to Province Town

    7/26/99Chesapeake Bay Grady-White ClubOffshore Fishing Trip

    7/31/09Port of Egypt MarineSouthold, NY19th Annual Fishing Tournament

    7/31/09Tarpon Coast Grady-White ClubTween Water Inn & Marina

    August 098/1/09Tri-State MarineDeale, MD14th Annual Fishing Tournament & Family Day 8/1/09Somers Point Grady-White ClubAnnual On the Deck Luau

    8/7/09Spray Dock MarineW. Wildwood, NJOwners Tournament

    8/8/09Bayside MarineDuxbury, MAWhale Watch

    8/8/09Coastal Georgia Grady Club Low Country Grady ClubSavannah Trip

    8/14/09Fish Tale Sales & ServiceFort Myers Beach, FLGrouper Grab Fishing Tournament

    8/21/09Chesapeake Bay Grady-White ClubGrady Palooza II

    8/22/09Northwest Grady-White ClubWest Coast Tuna Trip

    8/29/09Boats IncorporatedNiantic, CT21st One Tide Challenge

    awesome and the pace kept going,

    said Loretta.I liked the chef cooking

    demonstrations. And I liked being

    asked by the Grady representatives

    about storage and usage preferences

    were the ones who stow the gearand

    everyones cleaning tips were helpful.

    Dick is the commodore of the Fish

    Tale Grady-White Club, sponsored by

    Fort Myers Fish Tale Marine and

    Service. He pointed out, The ladies

    are buying these boats, too. Who bet-

    ter to ask about interior layout?

    On the subject of Grady clubs in

    general, Dick Corle explained, The

    friendships made are a key point.

    Weve made friends not only among

    our Fish Tale group and other

    Florida clubs, but also the

    Chesapeake Bay club. What blows

    my mind is how much people love

    their Grady-White boats, the respect

    they have for them. Some know

    every model, and every feature.

    The Fish Tale club and their deal-

    ership will have the chance to share

    friendship and knowledge with

    Grady enthusiasts next year: they

    will organize the 2010 Grady Fest.

    Fish Tales Ray Jahn observed, This

    was a fun day for all. The vendors

    that participated get a thumbs up,

    and there was something for every-

    one. Its going to be hard to follow

    this great show!

    ORGANIZERS DAN AND CHER CLARK relax after a successful day.

    Grady Fest 2009... continued from page 1

    A CREW FROM MARINEMAX NASA, SEABROOK, TX, participated in the June 5-6 Texas Oilmans Invitational Charity Tournament, 50 miles out of Matagorda. Everyone was all smiles for two days. Was it the monster red snapper they were catching, or the great Grady-White ride that had everyone grinning from ear to ear? Mike Aaser holds two of the snapper caught by Team MarineMax NASA. Captain Tony Plaia is at the helm.

    CAT COX, JULI EISENBERG AND LINDA MROCZKOWSKI at the dockside social

    Upcoming Tournaments & EventsContact the Grady-White dealer or Grady Club nearest you through links at www.gradywhite.com.

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    may need to be cleaned more

    than once. Rinse thoroughly

    with plenty of water.

    There are products that are

    designed to act as barriers to

    mold and mildew. One of these

    products is Bioshield 75. Some

    of us here at Grady-White have

    been using this product on our

    personal boats and we have seen

    some good results. Bioshield

    is applied to a clean surface and

    allowed to dry. The surface will

    still need to be cleaned, but the

    formation of mold and mildew

    is inhibited between cleanings.

    Bioshield can be used on other

    mildew-prone surfaces such as

    canvas and cushions. The prod-

    uct should be reapplied about

    every 90 days. Heres a link with

    product information:

    http://induscoltd.com/bioshield/biomarine.htm

    Some mold and mildew

    problems may be so bad that the

    only solution is to replace the

    caulk. Remember that after

    removing the old caulk, you

    must completely remove all

    mold and mildew from the area

    prior to re-caulking! Your

    Grady-White dealer can

    assist you with this job.

    Remember, the key to

    keeping the caulk on

    your Grady-White look-

    ing great is to prevent

    mold and mildew

    from gaining a foot-

    hold by regular pre-

    ventative cleaning.

    Keep Your Caulking CleanDo you ever look at the caulk

    around access lids, the gas tank

    lid or the gunwales on your

    Grady and wonder how to keep

    it looking new? The key to

    clean caulk is cleaning it often

    so the mildew and mold cannot

    get a foothold. Almost all caulks

    contain additives that inhibit

    growth of mildew. However,

    mildew and mold will still

    appear. The only way to keep

    mildew at bay is to clean your

    caulk on a regular basis. If

    mildew gets well established,

    it becomes very difficult

    to remove.

    Clean the caulk with non-

    chlorine mildew removers and

    cleaners. Do not allow mildew

    to get established. How often

    you will need to clean the caulk

    depends on your local condi-

    tions. You can use stronger

    cleaners that contain chlorine

    bleach (such as Tilex) if need-

    ed, but these cleaners can dam-

    age your gelcoat and other sur-

    faces if not used carefully. Read

    and follow the label with any

    cleaning product.

    To clean your caulk, first test

    the cleaner in an inconspicuous

    area and make sure the cleaner

    wont damage or discolor sur-

    rounding surfaces. After apply-

    ing the cleaner, allow it to soak

    on the area. Some areas may

    need to be scrubbed with a

    brush or cloth. Stubborn areas

    Customer TipsHere are recent suggestions for and from Grady-White owners. Like to share your ideas? E-mail us at [email protected] or write to Anchorline, P.O. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

    Fest Folks Share Customizing Tips

    Shade in the Cockpit

    Grady Fest 2009 topics included helpful hints

    for getting the most enjoyment out of boating

    life, some shared during an open forum ses-

    sion facilitated by Cat Cox and others fea-

    tured on display boards that Cat had put

    together with the help of fellow Tarpon Coast

    Grady-White Club members. Using bar sink

    strainers in drains; about dinghies and their

    transport; seasickness prevention; raft up

    techniquestheres a wide body of customer

    knowledge out there!

    You can depend on Floridians to be wise in

    ways to create shade for sun protection

    aboard their Gradys. Cher and Dan Clark,

    Express 330, Lady Godiver, constructed a full

    aft cockpit system. The material is marine

    grade waterproof canvas, with mesh screen-

    ing that blocks out 95% of UV rays. The main

    shade is strengthened with collapsible tent

    poles, two along the sides and one down the

    middle. The Clarks had aluminum poles

    made to fit into the rod holders at the stern,

    and the back of the shade clips to these poles.

    The front attaches to the hardtop roof with

    six Velcro straps. The sides also have Velcro

    to attach to the screening. Cher vented the

    top to keep it from billowing in the wind. The

    rig takes just minutes to put up or take down,

    and when

    the boat is

    not in use

    the canvas

    without the

    poles is

    bungeed to

    the transom to work as a sunscreen.

    Fred and Judy Buchas Express 330, Another

    Toy, and the Gulfstream 232 owned by Jerry

    and Linda Mroczkowski, also have shades

    made by local custom canvas shops. The rear

    support poles are quickly removable for fish-

    ing, etc. The Buchas shade supports itself

    without the poles when the boat is trolling in

    calm waters.

    CHER AND DAN CLARK constructed a full aft cockpit system with mesh screening that blocks out 95% of UV rays.

    JUDY AND FRED BUCHAS CUSTOM SHADE

    Have a nifty tip to share with your fellow Grady owners? Get in touch with us at [email protected] or write Attn.: Anchorline, Grady-White Boats,P.O. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

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    The Grady Life: Owners Clubs Here are highlights from recent Grady owners clubs events and outings. If you have Grady club information to share or are interested in information about Grady clubs in your

    area, e-mail [email protected] Go to www.gradywhite.com for links to club websites.

    shrimping, fishing, shopping or just

    hanging out on the boat. Thanks go

    to Terry McCartney with sponsor

    Jacobsens Marine for providing

    Mothers Day gifts for all of the

    ladies. Good food, great fun and lots

    of laughs.

    their efforts, everyone enjoyed the over

    400 freshly cooked shrimp Saturday

    afternoon. Other members tried their

    luck fishing for ling cod and found that

    perhaps shopping in Poulsbo might have

    been a better option. The weather was

    beautiful so it didnt matter if you were

    The Chesapeake Bay Grady-White Club saw 38 members attending the March

    potluck dinner meeting at Podickory

    Point Yacht and Beach Club. New

    members were welcomed to the club:

    Jane and Dave Wasser, Columbia, MD,

    Marlin 300; Brian Torrence, Prince

    Frederick, MD, Islander 270; and

    Kathy and Alan Orrison, Arnold, MD,

    Express 360. Certified Yamaha techni-

    cian Ed Miller gave a presentation on

    spring commissioning. In May, seven

    boats watched the Blue Angels air show

    with several then heading over to Carrs

    Creek for a raft-up. The group looks

    forward to the summers Grady Ladies

    Tournament, the Wish-A-Fish family

    outing in July and then the Second

    Annual Grady Palooza in August.

    The Naples Grady-White Club enjoyed a trip to Useppa Island, FL, in April,

    sponsored by club member Pete

    Ochsner. Twenty-five members made

    the cruise on flat seas and calm winds.

    A buffet and tour of the island awaited

    the group. The flotilla was led by club

    sponsor Naples Boat Mart in a 2009

    Tournament 307 that seated eight and

    performed fabulouslythe perfect boat

    for an open water day trip.

    Northwest Grady-White Club members in 12 Gradys rendezvoused at the marina

    in Poulsbo, WA, May 8-10. Event cap-

    tains Bob and Robbin Bond came all

    the way from Boise, ID, to ensure

    everyone had fun. Not only did they

    provide dockside appetizers, they

    treated over 40 people to a great din-

    ner with all the trimmings on Saturday

    night. The majority of the fleet headed

    out Saturday in search of the elusive

    Pacific spotted shrimp, led by Rob and

    Vickie Powers and their son Blake.

    Team Powers directed the group

    towards a little known hide-away that

    proved to be very productive. Due to

    THE NAPLES GRADY-WHITE CLUB enjoyed an island style buffet lunch during a day trip to Useppa.

    WHAT A GREAT CROWD at Poulsbo, WA, for Mays Northwest Grady-White Club rendezvous!

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    Sun Coast Grady-White Club Bahamas CruisePhotos by Mike Seery

    Four boats with 11 adventurers cruised

    to the Bahamas under the banner of the

    Sun Coast Grady-White Club, the own-

    ers group sponsored by Cannons

    Marina, Longboat Key, FL. The 15-day

    cruise in May was well chronicled in a blog

    by suspense novel author/attorney Terry

    Griffin who with wife, Jean, aboard Recess,

    were joined by Bob and Debbie Lyons, son

    Mike and his girlfriend Ali Schulze aboard

    Lyonhearted, Mike Seery and John Pock on

    Pharmasea, and Al and Cathy Neuman

    with son, Scott, in Grady Lady.

    The flotilla headed east on the

    Calloosahatchee River, through the locks,

    across Lake Okeechobee and more locks

    to Manatee Pocket before making the 67

    nautical mile run to West End, Bahamas.

    The winds and chop led to the crews

    consensus: Glad we had the Gradys.

    After a quiet day and R&R in West End,

    it was on to Green Turtle Cay and a

    restrained stampede to the bar. Bob

    and Shannon Gault, whod flown over,

    met the group at the dock.

    Several easy days in this part of

    Paradise ensued, then under the lead of

    Captain Seery the armada made way to

    Marsh Harbour. On this leg Bob Gault

    completed an important task assigned to

    him: finding Cannons Lucile Miller a

    conch shell. On Day Nine, the Sun Coast

    intrepids boarded the Albury ferry for

    Great Iguana Cay and the traditional

    Sunday pig roast at Nippers Bar and

    Grill. (Pigs that dont swim get featured

    at Nippers.)

    After days filled with fishing, snorkel-

    ing and sightseeing, and nights filled

    with libations, the adventurers made the

    four-day trip back home, including a 13-

    hour Friday to make the Caloosahatchee

    waterway locks. Ask one of them what

    you call the curley tailed lizards in

    Marsh Harbour!

    Gear!GradyShop online at www.gradywhite.com!

    (L TO R) AL NEUMAN, MIKE SEERY, BOB LYONS AND TERRY GRIFFIN plan the next course of the Sun Coast Bahamas cruise. A VIEW OF NIPPERS BAR AND GRILL at Great Iguana Cay, home of an infamous rum punch and a sumptuous pig roast.

    ITS READ EVERYWHERE! Folks out of Longboat Key, FL, or Longboaters, take the front page of their local paper, The Observer, with them on trips and send back a photo for publishing in the weekly. (standing L to R) Scott Neuman, Jean Griffin, Terry Griffin, Bob Lyons, Debbie Lyons, John Pock, Shannon Gault (kneeling L to R) Mike Seery, Al Neuman, Kathy Neuman, Ali Schulze, Mike Lyons and Bob Gault

    Whether its hot coffee you need for an early morning expedition, a to-go cup for the trip to the marina, or an insulated tumbler for a cold drink at the end of the day, weve got you covered. Order online now!

    STAINLESS TUMBLER $10 ION MUG $11 50TH ANNIVERSARY TERVIS TUMBLER SET $25

  • 6Letters & Photos

    G R A D Y - W H I T E | T H E U L T I M A T E I N B O A T I N G S A T I S F A C T I O N | W W W . G R A D Y W H I T E . C O M | S U M M E R 2 0 0 9 | V O L U M E 2 9 N O . 2

    Whats happening? Have an interesting story or photo? E-mail us at [email protected] or write to Anchorline, P.O. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

    STEPHEN WANN, RIGHT, AND HIS SON PETER, had a six sailfish day in January 2009 off Islamorada, FL, and averaged one-to-three daily on other trips in December-January.

    Plant TourDear Anchorline:

    We recently visited your factory to

    see how Grady-White boats are made.

    Fellow Chesapeake Bay Grady-White

    club members told us that the tour

    would be very interesting. It was a great

    experience! A short time before we came

    through Greenville on a return trip

    from Florida, Gwyn broke her ankle. A

    wheelchair was waiting for us and made

    the tour possible.

    It was clear that much effort is taken

    in the process of making a Grady-White

    a quality boat. We now have a much

    greater appreciation of our Seafarer 226.

    It was also rewarding to observe our

    club burgee framed and hanging in a

    prominent location.

    Thank you for taking such a high

    interest in owners of your boats.

    Al and Gwyn ToberArnold, MD

    JAMES TAYLOR brought in a 165-pound mako aboard Screw Loose, his 2001 Express 265 out of Brick, NJ.

    SECURITY PATROL. Walt Wagner, left, works his 2001 Grady-White 265 hard as a USCG Auxiliary vessel under USCG orders, doing security patrol on Tampa Bay, FL. With him are Jerry Routt and Chad Cohen.

    BUD WASIERSKI ENJOYED HALIBUT SEASON in Washington State, and this 57-pounder was caught in 450 feet of water, 32 miles offshore.

    SUSANNE FUCHS is an artist and fashion designer based in Germany. She and husband, Milan Behensky, enjoyed fishing off Marathon Key, FL, in their new Bimini 306 purchased from Caribee Boat Sales in Islamorada.

    Halibut in MayDear Anchorline:

    May is halibut season off Washington

    State, open Thursdays and Saturdays

    for two weeks. Got to get them while

    you can! My 2001 Seafarer 228 gets my

    friends and me out safely and comfort-

    ably. Very few boats on the 30-mile run

    offshore pass me, and my boat rides so

    well I can maintain speed in eight-foot

    swells with two- to four-foot waves

    while other boats stay in harbor.

    I caught this 57-pound halibut in

    450 feet of water, 32 miles from shore.

    This year the weight quota for halibut

    was not met in May so the state opened

    the season.

    John (Bud) Wasierski, Jr.Tacoma, WA

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    Whos Your Grady Buddy?If you want to share a photo of your furry Grady friends e-mail us at [email protected] or write to Anchorline, P.O. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

    CUMMINS MEBANE, 2004 Marlin 300, Megabytes, shares a photo of nephew Peyton Berg (left) with his first tuna, caught off Wrightsville Beach, NC. Mate LeBaron Keith is on the right.

    JIM UTTERBACK AND SON, SCOTT, say it was a team effort to land this onethe biggest rockfish theyve ever caught. The Utterbacks were fishing in the Chesapeake Bay near R2 Buoy early spring aboard their 2007 Seafarer 226.

    TACOMA is one lucky dog aboard Arnold Giovanellis Gulfstream 232.

    CONNOR, Geri Basye-Bembry and Ron Bembrys West Highland terrier, was Star of the Day during the Tarpon Coast Grady-White Clubs trip to Don Pedro Island.

    20-Year Old GradyDear Anchorline:

    We received delivery of our Seafarer 228

    in October 1989 from Naples Boat Mart.

    We came up to Greenville and took a

    tour of the factory and got to see our

    boat being assembled. We were escorted

    by Kris Carroll and got to meet Eddie

    Smith. We were very impressed by the

    overall operation.

    Our boat is very versatile. We are avid

    scuba divers and have a roll control

    system that allows us to take up to 10

    tanks and gear. We can remove the

    holders easily to be ready for shing

    or cruising. We overnight camp on

    the Shark River near Flamingo, and

    on Pine Island Sound. The boat is

    also easy to trailer and we go to the

    Keys several times a year for diving,

    lobstering and spearshing. We

    love our Grady, but do have our eyes

    on the Journey 258!

    Clark and Jackie AdamsNaples, FL

    CLARK ADAMS has done a marvelous job maintaining his and wife Jackies 20-year-old Seafarer 228.

  • Theres never been a time better than

    now to appreciate glorious summer

    days spent aboard a Grady with

    family and friends. Cruising, skiing,

    snorkeling, fishing, campingyou

    can do it all. Just take a look at the

    activities enjoyed by fellow Grady

    enthusiasts, especially Grady club members, in this issue of Anchorline!

    We are very excited about our two newest boats. Back by popular

    demand: the Tournament 192 dual console, perfect for younger families

    and grandparents alike and updated with the latest Grady features.

    This 19-foot dual console first came out in the early 1990s, and the

    climate is right for reintroduction. And get ready for our Canyon Series,

    and the biggest center console weve ever built: the Canyon 366. With this

    series, we define a whole new category of boats: center consoles with a

    cabin-like interior. The 366 is the kingpin of the Grady-White center

    console fleet. Visit your dealer right away, and take a spin on our touch-

    screen kiosk to see for yourself how awesome this top-value flagship is!

    Go out on the water and have many great Grady days!

    Happy Boating!

    EDDIE SMITH AND KRIS CARROLL

    Kris Carroll, president Eddie Smith, Jr., chairman, ceo

    Dear Grady-White Owner:

    252-752-2111 www.gradywhite.comGrady-White Boats, P.O. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835

    Anchorlinet h e g ra dy - w h i t e o w n e r s n e w s l e t t e r

    Canyon 366

    Tournament 192

    A WHOLE NEW

    CATEGORY OF

    CENTER CONSOLE

    BOAT

    PERFECT FOR

    YOUNGER FAMILIES

    & GRANDPARENTS

    ALIKE

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IN THIS ISSUE: Tournaments and Events | Club News | Letters and Photos | Customer Tips | New Boats! Anchorline the grady-white owners newsletter GRADY-WHITE | THE ULTIMATE IN BOATING SATISFACTION | WWW.GRADYWHITE.COM | SUMMER 2009 | VOLUME 29 NO. 2 Grady-White Owners’ Clubs Are Happening! See pages 4-5 World’s Largest Gathering of Grady Owners: Grady Fest 2009 The Gulf Coast Grady Fest was held at the new Charlotte Harbor Conference Center in Punta Gorda, FL, on March 28. Over 250 Grady-White owners and enthusiasts from throughout Florida and as far as New York and Indiana attended the daylong symposium. The event lived up to its motto: “The Largest Gathering of Grady Owners in the World.” This first-ever Grady Fest was a project of the Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club, sponsored by Ingman Marine of Port Charlotte, FL, and supported by several of the state’s other Grady owners’ clubs and dealers. The Grady Fest was the brainchild of Tarpon Coast Grady-White Club members Dan and Cher Clark, whose intent was to offer the chance for clubs all around Florida to get together for a day of education, entertainment and socializing. Throughout the day, attendees were treated to presenta- tions from Yamaha, Garmin, SPOT Locator, mystery/suspense author and attorney Terry Griffin discussing liability on the water, an offshore char- ter captain, several seafood chefs, and a dermatologist offering sun protec- tion advice. In addition there were vendor booths, information displays and an owners’ forum by Grady-White factory representatives. “This was an exciting day with beautiful arrangements in a bay set- ting,” expressed Benny Parrish, service manager of Cannons Marina, Longboat Key, FL. “It was a great time to mingle with cus- tomers and bring Grady owners together.” There were separate forums for the “captains” and “first mates.” Ken Wright is the current commodore of the Gulfstream Grady Club, sponsored by Mariner Marine, Riviera Beach, FL. He and his wife, Donna, are Express 330 owners who winter in North Palm Beach and live in Shelter Island, NY, during the summer. “I found the Grady Fest to be of particular interest. I liked the Yamaha presentation about filters, ethanol and tank operation. Garmin hit a home run, and opened my eyes to dig- ital communication.” Donna comment- ed, “As a result of the opening remarks by the USCG Auxiliary in the women’s session, I made a special point on a recent trip to learn as much as possible from my husband about how to handle the boat, so that I would be better pre- pared in case of an emergency. And, the tips on sun safety were good and we benefited from the opportunity to try sample sunscreen products.” Dick and Loretta Corle, Release 283 owners, winter in Fort Myers Beach and summer in Portland, IN. “From a woman’s point of view the Fest was just GARMIN MARINE ELECTRONICS representatives were on the Captain’s agenda at the Grady Fest. continued on page 2
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