Grady-White Boats introduced the new Freedom 215, a 21-foot dual console that seeks to fill a void in the 20- to 22-foot luxury market.
The new Freedom 215 is designed for “a youthful-minded market of first- and second-time boat buyers,” as well as those seeking yacht tenders, the company said.
“The new transom swing-away port and starboard aft seat backrests aboard the 215 pivot out of the way for easy access to the swim and dockside boarding platforms — a first in the industry and a highlight of the boat’s versatile function,” Grady-White marketing vice president Shelley Tubaugh said in a statement.
The aft seats are deeply cushioned on their topsides and are more than two feet wide, Tubaugh said.
“We’re always looking at safety first, so the bottoms of these seat cushions are equipped with a rubber non-skid surface,” she said. “Turn the non-skid side up for sure footing even for wet swimmers, snorkelers and waders. At the same time, you’ve securely stored and protected the cushion. Clever design! There’s nothing else like these ingenious features on the market.”
“The 19-degree progression of the running bottom on our Freedom 215 exclusive SeaV2 hull has a similar wave-cutting vee at the bow area as that of our larger models. We engineered more aggressive angles in the flare from stern to bow, confident that this would accomplish superior seakeeping and sports car-like action,” Grady-White design engineer Christian Carraway said.
The result is a 21-foot boat with a generously wide 8-foot, 6-inch beam and a more spacious cockpit more commonly found on boats 23 feet and up, Carraway said.