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.

Eddie with his father, George, whom he credits for his business success.

An entrepreneur with a vision

Absorbing his father’s business acumen, Grady-White’s Eddie Smith turned a failing builder into a sportfishing stalwart.


Grady-White CEO wins conservation award

Grady-White Boats owner and CEO Eddie Smith was named the winner of the Rybovich Lifetime Conservation Award Nov. 1 at the Billfish Foundation’s annual gala in Fort Lauderdale. The award, named after legendary boatbuilder and conservationist John Rybovich, is the foundation’s highest honor, presented to members of the sportfishing community who have excelled in their…more

MIAMI VIDEO: Grady-White debuts Freedom 375

MIAMI BEACH — Grady-White introduced the Freedom 375 — the world’s largest outboard-powered dual console, according to the builder — Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. The 375 uses the same hull as the Grady-White Offshore 360, so it can handle the rough stuff if need be, Grady-White vice president of marketing Shelley Tubaugh…more

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