Grady-White Boats enters new category, introduces 251-CE Coastal Explorer

Grady-White
December 16, 2013
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GREENVILLE, N.C. – Grady-White pioneers a whole new category of inshore/offshore boat with the introduction of the sporty 251-CE, “Coastal Explorer.” The 251-CE is the first of its kind from Grady-White, and is designed to provide peace of mind on big water and a piece of heaven for practicality, utility, ease of use and comfort around back waters, beaches, waterways, sounds and inlets. Here’s the Grady-White answer for off-the-beaten-track coastal family fun and versatility in skinnier water. And even though it is created for use inshore the 251-CE is not a “bay boat,” offering more offshore capability and versatility than any other kind of boat in the so-called “bay boat” genre.

The 251-CE Coastal Explorer features low gunwales providing very easy access to the water, and a bow ladder for beaching. This low profile is all new for Grady-White, and the boat offers performance to match its style. Transformable seats forward and aft go from bench style to lounge, and make the boat perfect for playing and relaxing plus fun for socializing. As with every Grady-White, add rods and tackle and you have a fishing boat that is truly without peer. There is something for everyone in the family on this boat.

The 251-CE is every inch a solid, proven center console backed by over 50 years of heritage and design success that only Grady-White can offer. Her loaded features will further add to satisfaction levels earned from a reputation for quality, reliability, safety and craftsmanship.

Established in 1959, Grady-White currently builds 29 models of versatile, saltwater-tough center console, dual console, express and walkaround cuddy cabin sportfishing and coastal family boats from 18 to 37 feet. Grady-White is historically renowned for and highest rated in customer satisfaction in its category by every third party study ever done in the marine industry. Marine Industry Hall of Fame member Eddie Smith and the Smith family have owned the company since 1968.

Quick Info for the 251-CE


  • Beam Amidships: 8’6″ (2.59 m)
  • Bridge Clearance: 6’9″ (2.06 m) w/T-top: 7’9″ (2.36 m)
  • Center Line Length: 24’7″ (7.49 m)
  • Cockpit Depth: 20″ (0.51 m)
  • Hull Draft: 14″ (.36 m)
  • Maximum HP: 300 (224 kW)
  • Outboard Shaft Length: 25″ (0.64 m)
  • Standard Fuel Capacity: 80 gal. (303 l)
  • Transom Width: 8’3″ (2.51 m)
  • Weight w/o Engine: 3550 lb. (1610 kg)

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