Grady-White has been building fishing boats for a long time, and this 27-footer is right in the tradition of this venerable brand. She is designed to be 360-degree "fishable" which means there are no seats forward, and she has a level deck, so there is nothing to stumble over. She has a relatively high freeboard forward, good bow flare and a deep-V hull which combine to maker her just what she purports to be -- a canyon runner.
Anchor locker with rode storage
Wide walkway around bow at deck
Bow cushioned seating area with 389-qt. insulated fishbox
Lockable console with stand-up head area, bulk storage and marine head
Flush mount electronics area
Deluxe lean bar with 42-gal. livewell, rigging station, sink, tackle drawers
186-gal. fuel capacity
65-sq. ft. cockpit
Fold away aft bench seat
198-qt. insulated fishbox
Grady-White Canyon 271 (2012-) Specifications
26' 10'' 8.18 m
5,790 lbs. 2,626 kg
9' 6'' 2.89 m
23'' 0.58 m
186 gal. 704 L
18 gal. 68 L
8' 2'' 2.49 with T-top
Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.
The Grady-White Canyon 271 has a 9'6" (2.89 m) beam and weighs 5,790 lbs. (2,626 kgs.) without the outboard engines. Her max hp rating is 600 total.
Grady-White has been building center console boats for over 40 years, so it pretty much has the drill down pat. All of the fishy features are here, the hull is made for offshore work at speed, and with a 186-gallon (704 L) fuel tank she should be able to have a range of something on the order of 230 to 250 nautical miles at best cruise, which we reckon would be in the low to mid 20s (knots, or course) powered by twin 300-hp outboards. We have not tested the boat, this is just our best guess based on similar boats and engines we have tested.
The business end of the 271 has more room in answer to customer requests.
Our research tells us that 27' (8.30 m) is in the sweet sport for offshore fishermen. The boat is big enough to get the job done comfortably with four or five anglers aboard, and the price of the boat new is within the budget of successful self-employed entrepreneurs and businessmen who dream all week of blue water action on the weekends. While this is primarily a fisherman's boat, enough amenities have been installed to make it somewhat friendly for a fishy family.
There is a total of 65 sq. ft. of cockpit space on the single-level deck of the Canyon 271. Note that the transom door opens out in case of need for catastrophic dewatering. This is a good safety feature.
The "Fighting Cockpit"
To our mind one of the most attractive aspects of the Canyon 271 is her "fighting cockpit" which is the area between the transom and the bait prep console. With her 9'6" (2.89 m) beam she has as much space here, or more, than we see on most center consoles of this size.
Readers tell us that the thing they would like to see increased on most center consoles is the square footage in the "fighting cockpit" area and Grady seems to have responded to that sentiment. Cockpit depth is 27" (68.5 cm) and there are padded bolsters 360-dregrees in this boat, which is really as close to a fighting machine as you are likely to find these days.
This is the heart of the Canyon 271 with bait prep, tackle drawers and live well all in one place, as it should be.
Between the outboard well and the fold-away seat is a 198 quart (218 L) fishbox with top-loading lid. The standard 42 gal. (159 L) livewell is in the bait prep console abaft the helm. A Second live well is optional. In the prep console there is a sink, cutting board and numerous trays for tackle, everything you would expect to find.
Grady-White has always been proud of its patented fold-away transom seat design, which differs from those of other builders. Grady uses aluminum tubing to support the cantilevered seat. Other builders in this class typically use heavy stainless steel struts or supports. Note that there are no support legs touching the fiberglass deck, which is a good thing.
We like the molded-in foot rest. Power steering and tilt-wheel comes standard.
At the Helm
The console is pretty standard, something that was pioneered by Grady-White over the years and has been refined to a point that there seems not to be much more that can be done with it. The 271 was a molded-in foot rest for both the skipper and the navigator. There is room for two 12" (30 cm) screens on the console should you want them. In the boat in these pictures the VHF would obviously have to be mounted somewhere else, not so front and center.
The seat/leaning bar has been well thought-out, something else that Grady has refined over time to get right. It has a flip-up bolster that most people will lean against when shooting along at 35 knots offshore. With the bolster down, both skipper and companion can put feet in the foot rest, and still lean against the seat and cushion the pounding in their knees.
Alternatively, on long stretches of flat water the operator and friend might want to hop up onto the seat with the bolster down, and there is a seat back to make sitting even more comfortable. We like the fact that Grady has provided three ways to use the leaning bar/seat, because we have found on long hauls we like to change position.
The T-top is optional. We like its design, particularly the careful placement of aluminum supports to maximize forward visibility.
The T-Top is optional, and if you can fit it into your budget we recommend it over a Bimini which negates 360-degree fishing as well as causing other problems. We think that GW has done a good job of keeping the aluminum piping for the T-top as unobtrusive as possible with no support bars in the helmsman's field of vision. The top also has an enclosed box for a VHF or whatever, plus stereo speakers, rocket launchers, hand holds and all the rest.
The windshield is hard acrylic that can handle a windshield wiper, which is standard equipment as is a washer system. We are happy to see these two items on the standard list, as anyone going offshore needs it.
There is stand-up head room for most people in the head compartment. Note the mirror on the inside of the door -- now that is unusual!
The Console Inside
The lockable head is pretty standard except for a couple of delightful twists. First, it has full-standing head room or most people. There is also the usual access to the back of the instrument panel, and here you will be able to see the care with which GW craftsmen install the ship's wiring. Overhead is a skylight, which is a clever way of getting "free" light into this otherwise dark space. And finally, there is a mirror on the head door for no extra charge.
As with all center consoles, prospective buyers must stand, lean and sit at the helm to make sure that they can comfortably see over the console both at rest, but more importantly, while running. Most boats run with a 5-degree bow-up attitude so plan on that.
Speaking of trim, Grady-White has equipped its 271 with hydraulic trim tabs as standard equipment. Just like windshield wipers, trim tabs are a must on deep-V boats particularly ones which might be having heavy crewmen aboard. We are interested that Grady has stuck with hydraulic tabs rather than going with the newer electric versions that most builders are installing these days. We're sure that there is a good reason for that, and buyers should ask their GW dealer why.
The coffin box forward can be used for a number of different purposes. As you can see here where it is used as an ice chest and as storage for two 5-gallon buckets. It can also be a 389 quart (428 L) fish box. It drains overboard.
Forward of the console is a coffin box that makes a comfortably lounge seat for any fisherman's honey. Below the cushion is a huge compartment that has room for a 389 quart (428 L) fish box as well as two five-gallon buckets, something that no fishing boat should be without. Both this box and the one in the transom drain overboard.
Grady's designers have carefully tapered the coffin box to permit plenty of walking space around it forward to the bow. The gunwales are higher here than aft thanks to the GW "Rybovich" sheer line that has been Grady-White's signature look almost since the beginning. The higher freeboard helps keep water out and provides added support for angers fighting fish.
The 271 has high freeboard forward which is essential for canyon runners. The plow anchor through the stem is standard. The bow thruster is optional.
In the bow of the Canyon 271 is a very large anchor locker, something we like to see. The boat features a "thru-the-bow-stem" anchor system that has become popular with many builders the last few years. We like it as it looks shippy, keeps the deck clean, and is easier to handle. The 271 has been pre-wired for an anchor windlass so if owners should decide to add one in the aftermarket, that will be easy.
The cockpit of the 271 is self-draining and it has four scuppers to pipe water overboard. Grady-White states in print that the Canyon 271 is "unsinkable" and has "basic flotation." In the boating industry "basic flotation" means that some part of the boat will float above the water even with the engines attached.
The large Grady-White factory and executive offices are located in Greenville, N.C.
The Pricing Issue
Because of its experience, quality of materials, manufacturing processes and corporate infrastructure, most Grady-White boats are in the top tier price point. The Canyon 271 is no exception. Given the economic times, increasingly consumers are comparing features and standard equipment and asking themselves if the Grady-White model is worth the up-charge.
That is a question we cannot answer, but we can shed some light on why Grady-Whites are priced as they are. First, it is a real company with management, engineers, quality control staff, and customer service associates at work everyday. Like all boat builders GW has cut back on staff but it is not operating with a couple of management personnel running around like one-armed paper hangers as, unfortunately, many builders have been forced to do to stay in business the last couple of years.
Grady's Customer Relations staff, l. to r.: Carolyn Ray, Danny Davis, Bert Kelly, and Eddie Rowe, their phone number is 252-752-2111, call them if you have a problem or a question.
This means that there is a staffing infrastructure to assure product quality and aftermarket service and support. But there is more. Grady-White's warranty means what it says and the company has a reputation for interpreting it in the owner's favor when there are gray areas. All of this, of course, is built into the price.
There Is A Difference
Many years ago the company got a bad batch of resin from its chemical supplier which got into a whole run of boats. When management discovered what had happened, each one of the boats built with that batch of resin was tracked down and replaced. GW didn't hesitate to do the right thing before there was a complaint. This action stands in stark contrast to less consumer-friendly reactions we have seen from some other well-known builders over the years.
It is this kind of corporate depth and integrity upon which it is hard to put a dollar value. But it is there and it is built into the cost of every Grady-White boat as it must be. It is what separates Grady-White from boat builders with skeleton staffs and minimal infrastructure. Consumers must decide for themselves which way they want to go, but they should be aware that even if the boats look the same, what is behind them is usually not.
Standard and Optional Equipment
Grady-White Canyon 271 (2012-) Standard and Optional Equipment
Washdown: Raw Water
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc
Boats More Than 30 Feet
= Standard = Optional
Grady-White Canyon 271 (2012-) Warranty
Grady-White Canyon 271 (2012-) Warranty Information
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