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In this issue: Exploring the Sea of Cortez Week by Week, Freedom 285 sneak preview!, Dealer News & Events, Owners' Clubs, Grady Fest III, Letters & Photos, Why I Love My Grady-White, Grady Buddies & Dear Grady-White Owner...
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  • IN THIS ISSUE: Freedom 285 Sneak Peek | Dealer News & Events | Club News | All American Grady Fest III | Letters, Photos & Buddies

    Anchorlinethe grady -wh i te owners n ewsletter

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    all new Freedom 285 Sneak Peek!

    see page 2

    Great Grady Adventure

    Exploring the Sea of Cortez Week by Week By Larry WangbergFor years the Larry Wangberg family has enjoyed Baja California, primarily one area along the Sea of Cortez. That experience stimulated their interest in further exploring the 700-mile length of this fascinating body of water also known as the Gulf of California. recently the Wangbergs moved their 2004 Express 330, Unleashed, from Shelter Island in San Diego, California, to San Carlos, mexico, to begin a series of week to two-week adventures.

    The Sea of Cortez is an incredible body of water with wonderful marine life and never ending opportunities to fish, dive and explore. Our plan is to explore the coast of Baja from Santa Rosalia down to Cabo San Lucas. From Cabo I will make the 180-mile crossing to Mazatlan and then fol-low the mainland coast north back to San Carlos. Well do this in one- to two-week segments, fly home, and then return for the next segment.

    DuringthefirstweekItraveled360milesfishingandexploring,includ-inga115-mileshotnorthwestacrosstheseatoadestinationonBaja.Wehitsomeveryroughwateronthereturnthewavesweresixtosevenfeetstraighton.TheconditionswereroughbuttheExpress 330isastrongboat.Myspeedwasabout22MPH.

    Sofar,Ihavecaughtandreleasedmyfirstsailfish,beenchallengedbymanystripedmarlin,andcaughtmanydorado,skipjacks,yellowtailandbottomfish.Onanydaywemayseewhales,seaturtles,whalesharks,porpoise,mantaraysandagreatvarietyofbirds.Itisnotunusu-altogoalldaywithoutseeinganotherboat,andthewaterqualityisbeautiful. Weusuallyliveaboard,whetheratthemarinaoronthehook.Themid-berthis

    a tremendous feature that provides sleeping accommodations and stor-age space comparable to that of much larger boats. There are a number of opportunities to customize a Grady for special interests. I have added a stainless steel rack for two kayaks on the top, a raised seat on the port side on the helm area, a removable tabletop on the cockpit seat for eat-ing and for organizing fishing tackle, a bow seat and a sun cockpit Bimini. I have equipped Unleashed with a continued on page 2

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    six-person life raft, two EPIRBs, two VHF radios, two chart plotters, radar, sat phone, Auto Tether, ditch bag and the usual flares and life jackets. Cortez is close to the U.S. but one must remember that it is in anoth-er country and for me this adds to the exciting adventure. The local people are warm and very helpful. Many speak good English but it is also fun to attempt a little Spanish. It is unfortunate that there have been

    problems in other parts of Mexico. The plan for early next summer is to do one of three things. Well

    either leave Unleashed in San Carlos to explore the northern half of the Sea of Cortez, or transport her by

    truck back to our home port San Diego, or up to Seattle to explore and enjoy the San Juan Islands, British Columbia and Alaska. Unleashed is the ninth boat I have had since childhood. She is not the largest boat I have had but the most enjoyable in all respects. Grady-White has a very deserved reputation for being a strong, high quality, and flexible boat for fish-ing, exploring and family cruising.

    Sneak Preview! Freedom 285 Dual Console to Debut at Winter Boat Shows Anchor lockerBow deluxe seating

    Enclosed head area w/extended storage area

    Console and helm area storage

    Deluxe pedestal seat

    Cushioned companion seating w/electric extendable lounge

    Cockpit area 65 sq. ft.

    Fold away aft bench seat

    Wide transom door

    Swim ladder w/4 steps

    Beam Amidships: 9'6" (2.89 m)Center Line Length: 28' (8.53 m)Cockpit Depth: 27" (.69 m)

    Cockpit Area: 65 sq. ft. (6.04 sq m)Hull Draft: est. 20" (.51 m)Maximum HP: 600 (448 kW)

    Outboard Shaft Length: 25" (.64 m)Standard Fuel Capacity: 218 gal. (825.22 l)Transom Width: 9' (2.74 m)

    the beam is a foot wider than that of sistership Freedom 275, creating a much bigger boat all around with lots of room in the cockpit for funnin and fishin.

    the windshield and instrument panel are larger and positioned for optimal sightline from the helm.

    theres a thru-hull plow anchor system with avail-able windless controls at the helm and at the bow.

    the mp3 sound system is satellite ready and the speakers are top notch.

    Bow seating is ultra-comfortable and bow bolsters are standard.

    Swim ladder has four steps.

    Options include a grill and wet bar, and a hardtop with loads of overhead stor-age that with canvas buttons up tight.

    larry WanGBErG at the helm of Express 330, Unleashed

    a WanGBErG CuStOm tOuCh: The back edge of this tray extends an inch below the aft folding bench seat cushion so the tray doesnt slide forward. Turned upside down the tray fits exactly over the generator cover for secure storage.

    KayaKS arE StOWED in a raCK fittED OntO thE harDtOP. For more of Wangbergs customer-izing touches for his 330, see www.gradywhite.com/customer/tips/.

    Sea of Cortez continued from page 1

    The exciting new addition to the Grady line of dual consoles is the Freedom 285, a beauty of a boat that provides families with the wide-open freedom and versatility to enjoy a variety of water recreation activities. The Freedom 285 will be on display at the New York Boat Show, January 4-8, the Miami International Boat Show, February 16-30, and at other winter shows as well. Here are just a few highlights of the 285:

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    Dealer news & Events Grady-White dealers sponsor hundreds of events every yearseminars, tournaments, trips, cookouts, sightseeing voyages and much more. See www.gradywhite.com for upcoming events in your area.

    norfolk marine, Norfolk, VA, raised $1,000 for Catchin For Kids during their 21st Annual Owners Tournament in September. This charity provides funds for underprivileged children in the Hampton Roads communities. The quality of fish and camaraderie of the teams made the docks at Bay Point Marina a site to behold for passing boat traffic. The awards banquet fea-tured Carolina BBQ and over 25 door prizes. Top Offshore Boat went to Capt. Tommy Childress and Top Inshore Boat was Capt. Fred Mistr, with Top Tidewater Grady ClubBoat being Brian and CathyHodsons C-Time.

    Somers Point marina saw 30 boats take to the water July 30 in the 29th Annual Somers Point Marina Grady-White Owners Tournament. High water tem-peratures from the back bays to the canyons kept some category species away and the overall catch down, but that didnt deter the several hundred contestant families and friends from enjoying the day and the awards pig roast. Largest fish of the day was a 5-lb., 1-oz. summer flounder caught by Dave Widmeier of Abington, PA, fish-ing from his 1991 Offshore 240. Daves family has docked their boats at Somers Point Marina since the 1970s. Nick Bradley of Linwood, NJ, who was

    fishing from a 2004 Adventure 208, took the sea bass category. The other prizewinner was a bluefish caught by Jim ORourke from Audubon, PA, and Ocean City, NJ, on his 2009 Tournament 225.

    taylor marine Center hosted 80 owners at their Milford, DE, location for their annual fishing seminar in September. Customers from the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia peninsula brushed up on angling skills, tactics and equipment. Inshore specialist Keith Lee covered easily accessible local areas; after lunch, pro mate and rigging instructor John Unkart unrav-eled some of the mystery behind seri-ous hardcore bluewater fishing. The door prize was a quality inshore rod and reel combo.

    tri-State marine, Deale, MD, held its 16th Annual Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Day, August 6. The weather was hot, humid and windy, but there was no rain to damp-en the enthusiasm this year. Ryan Kaler won the Kids Age 2-9 division with a 7.67-lb., 28" rockfish. He was presented with the larg-est prize of the day, a four-person pop-up tent, which took four people to pop down! Myrna Zolyan took the prize for the biggest bluefish caughta whopping .35 lb. Keith Kaler caught the Largest Fish from a Grady-White, an 8.93-lb. rockfish. Largest Fish overall in the tournament was caught by Lisa Zinck, who once again showed the guys

    how to do it! She reeled in a 9.75-lb. rockfish. Frank Gomme received the Good Samaritan Award for putting aside his pursuit of the big fish to aid a vessel in distress and tow it to Sandy Point. Last but certainly not least, Andy Kerhulas was presented with cer-tification as a Chesapeake Bay Angler, having finally gone fishing from a boat and not hooking his host!

    Dave Widmeier, left , received the first place award in the Somers Point marina owners Tournament from service manager rob Sabatini.

    Jim reinknecht won the rod and reel door prize at Taylor marine Centers annual fishing seminar.

    Debra Winchester of Norfolk marine presented a check to Catchin For Kids with funds raised during the dealerships 21st Annual owners Tournament.

    THE BEST TIME AND THE RIGHT PLACE TO GET THE GRADY!2012 WINTER BOAT SHOWSSee www.gradywhite.com for listings.

    COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

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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, email [email protected] Go to www.gradywhite.com for links to club websites.

    the lake Erie Grady-White Club Perch Shootout resulted in Jason Books as top winner, after trailering his Seafarer 22 190 miles round trip to Conneaut, OH, and blowing away local anglers with a catch totaling 60 inches in length. (Nice job, Jason. It is wonderful your Grady is easily trailerable. If the fish wont come

    to you then take the boat to the fish!) Second place went to Justin Lopriore, Fisherman 222, 55.5 inches; third was Bill Rauterkus, Express 305, 49.625 inch-es; and fourth, Dave Kelch, Offshore 25, 49.25 inches. This club is now sponsored by South Shore Marine, Huron, OH.

    laKE EriE GraDy-WhitE CluB mEmBErS had great weather for their Perch Shootout.

    mOrE GraDy BunCh fun, here at Tilloo Bank, Abaco, during their 2011 Bahamas cruise. (l-r) Butch Kettner, mary Alford, Kathy Kettner, mike oreilly, Charlie Dill, martinna Dill, Gail Llorens, John Chianis, Fernando Llorens, Jack Weisbaum and Bruce macIntyre.

    thE SOuthEaStErn marinErS GraDy-WhitE CluB made a run to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay in June. After a tour of this historic community, the group lunched at Hilda Crocketts Chesapeake House. The club is sponsored by Southeastern marine, richmond, VA.

    thE CaPE COD & iSlanDS GraDy-WhitE OWnErS group cruised to Tarpaulin Cove in the Elizabeth Islands last July. About 60 people aboard 19 boats made the outing to enjoy a beach cookout and swap boat stories. The club is sponsored by Cataumet Boats, Cataumet, mA.

    VErO BEaCh marinES GraDy BunCh marks their spot at Compass Cay, Exuma, Bahamas. (l-r) Jim and Barbara Brumbaugh, yvonne and John Nerness, and Christina and rick reed.

  • the all american Grady fest iii march 23-24, 2012ft. myers Beach, florida

    the fish tale Grady Club invites all Grady owners and enthusiasts to join them in beautiful Ft. Myers Beach at Fish Tale Marina March 23-24 to cele-brate the Grady Life and all things Grady-White. From Friday afternoons Dock Tale party with early registration, cruising and fishing roundtable forums, and food/refreshments with a live band, through Saturdays main event with informative seminars and demonstrations on the care and feeding of your boat, this is the place to be. Registration fee of $25 per person includes access to events both days, lunch on Saturday, a high quality Grady Fest III t-shirt, lots of vendor gifts and a special commemorative gift from Grady-White. Everyone is encouraged to participate both days, and register early plus book hotel reserva-tions. This is a popular winter getaway and rooms fill fast. Dockage is available at Fish Tale Marina on a first-come basis. Seewww.gradyfest.comformoreinformationandregistrationdetails.

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    JanEt franCO SayS lOOK Out for her on Long Island Sound. Shes the one with the pink fishing rod bending in the water!

    letters & PhotosWhats happening? Have an interesting story or photo? Email us at [email protected] or write to Anchorline, P.o. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

    retirement yearsDear Anchorline:Heres a photo of my 1994 Tournament 192 enjoying her retirement years on Lake Chelan in Washington State. I bought the boat new from Terry McCartney at Jacobsens Marine. At the time I had a young fami-ly but wanted a boat I could salmon fish as well. Terry rigged the boat with a 200 HP Yamaha for hole shots and a ski pylon for the kids, plus dual batteries, VHF radio, Bimini top and a long shaft 8 HP trolling motor. The boat fished all over Puget Sound includ-ing winter blackmouth, and the west side of Vancouver Island and the Columbia River. When I wasnt fishing my Grady towed the family, friends and their kids on skis, wakeboards and tubes. It has a surprisingly good water ski wake and was often the boat of choice. After 17 years, I enjoy the boat now as much as I did the day I bought it. Thank you for mak-ing a great all around family boat.

    arne hedeenSeattle, WA

    reel mamboAhoy Anchorline!My husband and I love fishing aboard our Express 305, Reel Mambo, which we keep in Old Saybrook, CT. We are able to chase those blues and stripers around the Long Island Sound with great ease and speed, and sleep comfortably aboard in the evening. Look for me out thereI am the lady with her pink fishing rod bending in the ocean. This is our second Grady-White and we are already thinking about getting the next size. Just like our fish, we want bigger and bigger each season. We love our dealer Catalano and Sons in Greenwich for great service, storage and sales.

    Janet francoChappaqua, NY

    letters & Photos continued on page 6

  • lady friendlyDear Anchorline:Ive been a boater, diver, and fisherman pretty much my entire life from home built wooden skiffs, all the way up the line now to a Marlin 300. Shes got a little age on her, this 1998 model. But, shes still going strong and is a genuine beauty. My wife and I were lucky to find her a little more than a year ago and we promptly renamed her Pirate Attack, perhaps because of the lure of that era, perhaps because of the history along the coast of North Carolina. My diehard fishing buddies kinda made fun of me, choosing the 300 over a center console. My wife, being the smart one, reminded me that some center consoles are not quite so lady-friendly. The choice doesnt seem to have hurt our fishing abilities in the least.

    raeford BrownJacksonville, NC

    letters & Photos continued from page 5

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    rOBiE mCfarlanD-BrOWn, raEfOrD BrOWn anD thEir DOGS Shadow and Scuba Dood aboard Pirate Attack, their beloved Marlin 300.

    tODD hErShEy iS haPPy aBOut thiS yEllOWfin tuna caught aboard Tom Hersheys Sailfish 282, Sea Star, out of ocean Pines, mD.

    JOSE martinEz frOm CaBO rOJO, PuErtO riCO, relaxes for the weekend on his Marlin 300 in Puerto Angelino.

    KarEn SarnO hOOKED hEr firSt fiSh, a SummEr flOunDEr, while fishing for the first time aboard her and husband Joes Adventure 208 off Asbury Park, NJ. Way to go, Karen!

    JamES CrOuSE is the proud owner of a new Seafarer 228 from Southeastern marine, richmond, VA, and already hes caught and released a citation 51" red drum.

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  • Whos your Grady Buddy?To share a photo of your furry Grady friends email us at [email protected] or write to Anchorline, P.o. Box 1527, Greenville, NC 27835.

    JaKE thE lOnGhair DaChShunD usually likes to keep an eye on whats going on aboard Ken and Lori Andersons Express 330 but this time he couldnt keep 'em open! Ginsea is docked at Goat Island, Newport, rI.

    WiCKEtt thE Shih-tzu spent eight years traveling Buzzards Bay, mA, on Debbie and mark Jucketts 2004 Sportsman 180. The Jucketts miss their Grady Buddy, who went to doggie heaven this year, especially when they launched their brand new Freedom 275, Cataumet Blue, in July.

    Barry, thE Paul Barry familyS fiVE-yEar-OlD BlaCK laB, loves cruising the North river, Scituate, mA, on 2006 Gulfstream 232, Barrys Landing Too.

    BanDit PlayS it COOl with Tricia Farina and her husband, Johnny, in Great South Bay, Long Island, Ny, on a 1996 Adventure 208.

    linDSay BraSE anD hEr DOG GraDy cruise the South river, Chesapeake Bay, aboard Fisherman 222, Brase Yourself.

    anDrEW BattlES CauGht thiS StriPED BaSS aboard his families Sailfish 272, Fire Escape.

    anDrEW anD hiS COuSin auStin have fun fishing around Cape Cod.KEn DuBuquE CauGht thiS 50-lB. yEllOWfin tuna in

    West Atlantis Canyon on his 2009 Canyon 336.

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    I love our 1998 Sailfish 272, Fire Escape. It takes my family and me everywhere we want to go. In the summer we go fishing every weekend. Austin, my cousin, and I have the most fun fishing around Cape Cods Nantucket and Monomoy islands. When we go to Monomoy for the day, it doesnt take but a short time to get there because the boat goes really fast. Our boat can handle rough weather anywhere. We pay attention to the currents and tides to make it a smooth ride for my mom. Usually it is better in the morning. We also like to go to Nantucket, get a mooring for the weekend and then go out fishing for the day. When we go over on Friday afternoon we fish at night in Nantucket Sound. We catch all kinds of fish, too. We get striped bass on the rips and bluefish just about everywhere. I love catching the most fish! When we are on the mooring we do a lot of fishing for squid and scup. We get a lot of ice to keep the fish fresh until were home and can put it in the freezer. We really enjoy staying overnight on the boat and going to shore to walk around the island.

    JODiE BlalOCK SharES a PhOtO Of GranDDauGhtEr allEnE enjoying her Grady Tournament 223 with grand-daddy Lance Blalock out of Charleston, SC. The pair left at low tide and came back on a full high tide. Well make a Low Country girl out of this 3-year-old yet!

    Why i love my Grady-White By Andrew Battles

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

    Anchorlinethe grady -whi te owners n ewsletter

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

    Dear Grady-White Owner:

    For smartphones

    What an eventful year! The Grady-White network of dealers and factory associates has worked hard to make your boating experiences the best ever. Weve greeted many Grady owners who visited the plant over the past twelve months including the commodores and other leaders of the many Grady-White Owners Clubs from around the country. We introduced the fabulous Fisherman 209 and Canyon 271 center console boats for 2011, and now are showcasing the 2012 model year line-up at the upcoming winter boat shows. The newest Grady has just been unveiled at the annual dealer

    conference held early December, and will make a formal debut at the winter boat shows: say hello to the beamy, versatile Freedom 285 dual console! We are excited to know what you think of her and all our 2012 models. We thank you for being loyal Grady enthusiasts, and we wish you and your family a very happy holiday season and a bright, healthy New Year. Please stop by the Grady-White booth and introduce yourself when you attend a winter show. We cant wait to see you! Happy Boating!

    EDDiE Smith anD KriS CarrOll

    the best time and right place to get the grady!

    2012 WINTER BOAT SHOWSSee www.gradywhite.com for listings.

    COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!

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IN THIS ISSUE: Freedom 285 Sneak Peek | Dealer News & Events | Club News | All American Grady Fest III | Letters, Photos & Buddies Anchorline the grady-white owners newsletter GRADY-WHITE | THE ULTIMATE IN BOATING SATISFACTION | WWW.GRADYWHITE.COM | WINTER 2012 | VOLUME 32 NO. 1 All New Freedom 285 Sneak Peek! see page 2 Great Grady Adventure Exploring the Sea of Cortez Week by Week By Larry Wangberg For years the Larry Wangberg family has enjoyed Baja California, primarily one area along the Sea of Cortez. That experience stimulated their interest in further exploring the 700-mile length of this fascinating body of water also known as the Gulf of California. Recently the Wangbergs moved their 2004 Express 330, Unleashed, from Shelter Island in San Diego, California, to San Carlos, Mexico, to begin a series of week to two-week adventures. The Sea of Cortez is an incredible body of water with wonderful marine life and never ending opportunities to fish, dive and explore. Our plan is to explore the coast of Baja from Santa Rosalia down to Cabo San Lucas. From Cabo I will make the 180-mile crossing to Mazatlan and then fol- low the mainland coast north back to San Carlos. We’ll do this in one- to two-week segments, fly home, and then return for the next segment. During the first week I traveled 360 miles fishing and exploring, includ- ing a 115-mile shot northwest across the sea to a destination on Baja. We hit some very rough water on the return–the waves were six to seven feet straight on. The conditions were rough but the Express 330 is a strong boat. My speed was about 22 MPH. So far, I have caught and released my first sailfish, been challenged by many striped marlin, and caught many dorado, skipjacks, yellowtail and bottom fish. On any day we may see whales, sea turtles, whale sharks, porpoise, manta rays and a great variety of birds. It is not unusu- al to go all day without seeing another boat, and the water quality is beautiful. We usually live aboard, whether at the marina or on the hook. The mid-berth is a tremendous feature that provides sleeping accommodations and stor- age space comparable to that of much larger boats. There are a number of opportunities to customize a Grady for special interests. I have added a stainless steel rack for two kayaks on the top, a raised seat on the port side on the helm area, a removable tabletop on the cockpit seat for eat- ing and for organizing fishing tackle, a bow seat and a sun cockpit Bimini. I have equipped Unleashed with a continued on page 2…
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