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wilbur posted 01-10-2007 08:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for wilbur   Send Email to wilbur  
Want to buy a Grady White 185 vs. Boston Whaler 180 Dauntless or Outrage 190 for inshore fishing. After riding all boats and comparing hulls, engines, fit/fininsh the Grady White feels like the best boat. Any suggestions?
WT posted 01-10-2007 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

Save your money. Buy an aluminum boat.

It must be winter.

Mr. Ed

wilbur posted 01-10-2007 09:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for wilbur  Send Email to wilbur     
Mr. Ed,
Does Boston Whaler make aluminum boats?
kamie posted 01-10-2007 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     

If you want to buy a Grady, then buy one but the 185 is a bow rider, split console which is not the typical setup for fishing. If fishing is your intended sport, then I would suggest the Outrage, but I own a whaler, not a Grady so take that into consideration. If your after comments on both boats, there are folks here that own or have owned both Grady's and Whalers so they may chime in, otherwise I suggest you search the site to see if others before you have ask that very same question.

jimh posted 01-10-2007 09:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Ask the salesman to take you out in the Grady. Tell the salesman you want to pull all the plugs and open all the seacocks so that the boat is filling with water from the sea. Let us know what he says.
podosky posted 01-10-2007 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for podosky  Send Email to podosky     
Wilbur: I can't say I agree with your assesment as we had similar needs and chose the 180 Dauntless. Nonetheless, if you are leaning in the direction of the Grady I think you may be at the wrong website. You may want to check out
Bella con23 posted 01-10-2007 10:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
Jimh - Wish I thought of that as I was talking to the Grady salesman at the New Your boat show and he was trying to convince me that all the boats in the show were "unsinkable".
Next time!
early light posted 01-10-2007 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for early light  Send Email to early light     
I crewed on a 25' GW Sailfish with twin engines during king tournaments for two seasons, mainly fishing ar's,ledges,and tide lines in close to the beach and inlets. The boat handled the wave action pretty good but was kind of hard to catch bait and land fish out of.

Now I own a 1993 outrage 19 with a single 150 engine and it is a lot better boat as far as catching bait, fish, and buying fuel for. Had it out 32 miles on a live bottom area three times this year, still checking things out as this is a used boat,but It raised kings like I haven't seen in a long time, and it handles the water better than My old 22'stern drive did. The Whaler just feels good running big water.

The Grady was a nice boat but I had rather fish the Whaler, it is laid out for fishing better than the GW IMHO.


jimh posted 01-11-2007 12:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Part two of the test:

Ask the salesman to back down hard in the Grady until water ships over the transom and begins to flood the interior spaces of the hull.

Jordi posted 01-11-2007 08:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jordi  Send Email to Jordi     
You have a better chance of convincing Mr. Ed to talk to other's....than getting sound advice on a Grady White in a Boston Whaler site. It's like going to a BMW dealer and asking the salesman how great Porches are.....You are at least comparing some of the best boats in the industry.
wilbur posted 01-11-2007 08:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for wilbur  Send Email to wilbur     
Part three of the test:
Pull all the plugs and open all the seacocks, back down until water begins to flood the interior spaces of the hull and ask Mr. Ed to whisper to Jim H “how great Whalers are”…if that does not work at least I know Mr. Ed will always talk to me.
BOB KEMMLER JR posted 01-11-2007 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Did GW ever fix that Transom rot issue they all seemed to have?Can't say i ever seen a Whaler with a rotted transom,but i have seen over a dozen GW's with that problem.
stagalv posted 01-11-2007 11:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
Hey Wilber - remember that if it is a bow rider / dual console type you are looking for, Whaler makes (made?) the Ventura series that may fit you well.


jsgrise posted 01-12-2007 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for jsgrise  Send Email to jsgrise     
The only thing I have to say is that my "ex" Dauntless saved my life when I was 13. Pushed onto rocks by powerfull swell, a GW would have probably break in half. and I would probably have been squeezed between the riped hull and the rocks. That's why nothing else his going to be tie at my dock. No other boats, IMHO, is as strong as a Whaler. My T-Top manufacturer told be that, by his experience, over 20 years, he've never seen such a solid construction. When trying to fix my T-Top onto my 210 Outrage deck, he striped 16 stailess steel screws.

Does that convince you enough?

bluewaterpirate posted 01-12-2007 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Whaler makes 2 great dual console boats 180 Ventura & the 210 Ventura. I own a 210 and fish it all the time. It's just a terrific boat. Here are a couple of pictures of our 210 Ventura ....... sitebuilderpictures/speakers.jpg sitebuilderpictures/twoofakind.jpg sitebuilderpictures/ventura210crop.jpg

Some comparison specs .....

GW185 7'5" beam
Gas 60 gallons

BW 180 Ventura 8' beam
Gas 60 gallons

GW 225 8' beam
gas 96 gallons

BW 210 Ventura 8' 4" beam
Gas 92 gallons


David1877 posted 01-12-2007 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for David1877  Send Email to David1877     
What type of fishing and where?

I owned a dauntless 18. It is a very stable rig and serves as an excellent fishing platform. The hull is self-bailing.
If you want a trolling motor, consider a Dauntless without the bow rail.

If you are fishing a large body of water ie: ocean or great lakes, you might be better off with an Outrage hull design which will provide a better ride in rough seas than the Dauntless, but it might be less stable.

I have no personal experience with the Grady line, but most of their hulls appear to be a deeper design than the Dauntless, more similar to the Outrage series.

I now have an Eastport 205, which has a deeper hull than the Dauntless 18. For fishing Lake Michigan, the Dauntless rocked less. Definitely more stable. The Eastport is a better ride in rougher seas, but I cant say it is any safer.
I think the Eastport is a better trolling rig. The dauntless is a better casting platform.

Try to find a boat that will suit your needs.

Traveller posted 01-12-2007 06:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Traveller  Send Email to Traveller     
I too would like to know what you mean by "inshore" fishing before offering advice. If you mean to use to boat to prowl the ICW and explore creeks for fish like flounder, sea trout, or redfish, I would recommend the Dauntless 180 with an electric trolling motor on the bow. If you are going to be going out the inlet into the open ocean, I'd recommend a boat with a higher freeboard, like the Outrage or the Ventura. I personally love the Montauks, but that line of boats wasn't a part of your list.

Whatever boat you choose, use it safely and enjoy your time on the water.

imko posted 01-17-2007 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for imko  Send Email to imko     
I am a Boston Whaler fan but Grady White makes also verry good boats




swist posted 01-18-2007 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for swist  Send Email to swist     
I thought I had sticker shock looking at Whaler prices until I took a look at the local Grady dealer! And they are hard to compare anyway, because the model lineups are so different. I wanted a small boat and Grady has nothing like a Montauk 17 (at least not a few years ago).

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