Safety Built In
Because this is a center console, we can assume that she's not a boat that will be hanging around a protected river or lake. These boats lend themselves more to coastal fishing - not far from home, and relative safety, but far enough out in open water to warrant an added layer of protection from Mother Nature. In the case of the Fisherman 180, her cockpit depth of 22" (55.9 cm) will keep us securely onboard when the boat starts rocking. Larger boats will have deeper cockpits, but for a boat this size, it will suffice.
The ability to cross over to a family boat has its merits, and on the Fisherman 180, the addition of bow cushions will turn the forward raised casting deck into a lounge area.
Unique to Grady
As we look closer we see that there are some features distinctive in this boat. Just ahead of the console, we always see a removable cooler with a cushion on it. It’s easy to do and more important, it’s cheap to do. Not so on the Fisherman 180 where we see a seat molded in. This is much better for so many reasons, not the least of which is security for hanging onto in rough seas. You can use it as storage, or as a cooler, but some may opt for converting it into an aerated livewell. We also love that there are vertical rod holders on the side of the forward seat. You can’t do that with a carry-on cooler.
Moving aft a bit, we find a helm with open space for electronics. More and more we see this feature, and it’s good that builders recognize the need for this sort of space, even if the boat won’t be straying far from home.
The 316 grade stainless wheel is connected to no-feedback mechanical steering. The bench seat is reversible, which is ideal for trolling with a foot braced against the motor well. As usual, we see an acrylic windshield, but this also has a full stainless grab rail surrounding it. Another departure with Grady-White is the aft seats. These are built in, and we’d rather see them removable, to facilitate access all the way to the transom for fish fighting.
Grady-White sees the value of limiting choices of engines in this package. It allows for the factory to pre-rig all their boats the same. That makes one price, and one set of procedures. The engine of choice is the popular Yamaha F150 four-stroke. This engine has a solid reputation for delivering reliable power with excellent fuel efficiency. While we haven’t tested this model yet, the team at Grady-White tell us that they’ve reached a top speed of 47.7 mph with a fuel burn of 15.3 gph. Dialed back to a more economical cruise of 25.3 mph the 180 shows a much more reasonable 5.1 gph fuel burn. With a 60 gallon (227 L) tank you’ll have a range of over 267 miles (429.7 km) with a 10% reserve. Love affairs with boats come and go with the tide, but Grady-White seems to have found its niche and generates more than its fair share of brand loyalty. Looking at the features and it’s easy to see Grady-White putsa little extra into every boat, even those at the beginning of the food chain. That says a lot, and if you can hook a customer with your smallest, odds are, he’s going to stay with you when he moves
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
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