First Look: Grady-White Debuts 28′ COASTAL EXPLORER


Grady-White has announced that they will debut of the all new 281 Coastal Explorer at the 2023 Miami International Boat Show.  This versatile inshore-offshore boat is built on Grady-White’s legendary SeaV²® hull and is the second hull in their Coastal Explorer line.

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer

Coastal Explorer is a term that Grady-White coined for their 25-foot bay or inshore boat, the Grady-White 251 CE, designed primarily for the angler that wants a shallow-water fishing boat. The bow is built with a casting deck and low gunnels that provide anglers easy access to the water when boating a fish but have a shallower draft to allow them to fish in “skinny” inshore waters. Set up like a center console boat, the Grady-White Coastal Explorer also has a SeaV²® hull that gives extra stability for traversing both inshore and offshore waters. Where most inshore boats would not be well-suited to go offshore, the Grady Coastal Explorer can venture offshore and still keep everyone safe and comfortable.

The 281 Coastal Explorer adds even greater offshore adaptability along with Grady-White’s latest functional, stylish, and ergonomic innovations. Stay tuned as we’ll check out the debut at the Miami Boat show in February.

Grady-White 281 CE Main Specifications

  • Beam Amidships: 9’4″ (2.84 m)
  • Center Line Length w/o Engines: 27’7″ (8.41 m)
  • Bridge Clearance: 7’11” (2.41 m)
  • Cockpit Depth: 22″ (0.56 m)
  • Hull Draft: 19″ (0.48 m)
  • Transom Deadrise: 16 degrees (SeaV2® progression)
  • Maximum HP: 600 (448 kW)
  • Fuel Capacity – Standard: 160 gal. (606 l)

Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer fishing


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