The Manufacturing Institute is recognizing Grady-White Boats president Kris Carroll as one of the marine industry’s four honorees for 2017 STEP Ahead Awards at an April 20 gala in Washington, D.C.
Grady-White is a privately held builder operating out of Greenville, N.C., that makes center consoles, dual consoles, express boats and walkaround cabins. Owner and CEO Eddie Smith bought the company in 1968. It is run by president Kris Carroll.
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Atlantic Marine of Wilmington, N.C., earned the Gold Anchor Sales Award, Grady-White Boats’ top sales award worldwide.
Grady-White Boats joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas at the Partner Member level.
Grady-White unveiled a new center console, the Fisherman 236, that combines day-boating family amenities with “finely-tuned, highly functional fishing features,” according to the company.
Grady-White debuted its new Freedom 235 dual console.
Grady-White Boats has launched Captain Grady — a digital iPad app that includes operation guides with videos and step-by-step instructions. The app, also coming soon to iPhones, is designed to give visually detailed and simple instructions or refreshers to a specific model of boat where and when boaters need it.
Grand Pointe Marina will represent Grady-White Boats from the company’s locations on the Grand River in Lansing, Mich., and in Sterling Heights, Detroit.
Schock Boats of Newport Beach, Calif., said the waterfront dealership W.D. “Bill” Schock is transitioning to new family ownership, with principals Steve and Ruth Schock taking the helm.
Grady-White Boats announced the addition of Comstock Yacht Sales of Brick, N.J., as its newest dealer.