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

Grady-White adds Webasto sunroof to Freedom 375

Webasto’s Series 40 Marine Sunroof is now standard on the new Grady-White Freedom 375 sportfish boat. Both the boat and sunroof will debut at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, which takes place Feb. 14-18 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. “We are pleased to see our Webasto product used on the new Grady-White…more

Grady-White announces managerial changes

Grady-White Boats president Kris Carroll announced changes in the company’s executive team. Shelley Tubaugh was named vice president of marketing and now adds responsibilities for media and all integrated communications to existing duties in market research and customer relations. Vice president of sales Joey Weller will center his energies on the sales support team for…more

Grady-White president receives conservation award

The Center for Coastal Conservation honored Grady-White president Kris Carroll with its inaugural Eddie Smith Manufacturer of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment to conservation. Carroll received an antique sextant commemorating the award, according to Grady-White. She was an early board member of the center, which advocates for marine recreational fishing and boating.…more

Grady-White rolls out new iPhone app

Grady-White is introducing an iPhone app called “Grady Life” that hopes to not only help boaters shop, but also provide tools to enhance their boating experience. The app will provide performance data and specifications for all current models, along with walkthrough and lifestyle videos and direct dealer and company contact information. It also will provide…more

1 2 3

Vote Today

Who are you voting for in November?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Login to Trade Only Today

Lost Password