Boats that can transform from a sportfishing machine to a family boat with watersports capabilities are in demand, for the obvious reason that one boat serves two (or more) purposes. Foldaway seats, filler cushions, popup ski tow poles and clever storage spaces typically define such versatile boats — and the center console Grady-White Fisherman 236 is no exception. In fact, it may do all of that as well as any boat out there, especially in less than 24 feet.
An oversize cockpit, a livewell, multiple fishboxes, hardtop- and console-mounted rod holders, outriggers and coaming pads ensure that fishing — which is, after all, deep in Grady-White’s DNA — is top of mind aboard the 236. Seating for eight to 10 people, including a transom bench, a doublewide helm seat, a built-in console seat and a bow settee, ensures that any harbor cruise or day trip will be comfortable for everyone. A head built into the center console alleviates any unnecessary trips to shore.
A popup ski pole and swim platforms on either side of the outboard ensure that in-the-water activities can be enjoyed by all, while the boarding ladder to starboard makes it easy to climb aboard after shredding a set or taking a dip.
Maximum propulsion on the Fisherman 236 is 300 hp, and manufacturer tests yielded a top speed of 46.6 mph at 5900 rpm with a Yamaha F300 V-6 4.2L four stroke, with an optimum cruise of about 29 mph at 3700 rpm. With 20 degrees of deadrise at the transom, the ride should be smooth in most any seas, especially given that the SeaV2 hull gets progressively sharper toward the bow.
Grady-White figured out how to get a lot done in a 23-foot, 7-inch boat, which should be satisfying even for folks who will never wet a line.