Grady-White Sailfish 282
The 28-ft Sailfish 282 from Grady-White has a maximum horsepower rating of 600hp, and comes packed with features, all aimed at making the boating and fishing experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
Having built boats since 1959, North Carolina-based Grady-White says it has a good idea about what needs to go into a boat like the Sailfish 282. Featuring a forward vee-berth along with a further berth aft, the Sailfish 282 comes with creature comfort features such as a microwave oven, fridge, butane stove, water heater and a 120-lt fresh water tank.
On the fishing side of the equation, you’ll find a cutting board, two sizeable fish boxes, a 150-lt livewell, four rod holders, horizontal rod storage racks and plenty of additional storage space. There’s ample seating, including a foldaway aft bench seat, while the door to the cabin is lockable, offering security and peace of mind.
The Sailfish 282 also comes with a lengthy list of optional extras, including air conditioning, a flat screen television with DVD player, a Sirius satellite radio system and a stereo, the latter complete with CD player and MP3 capability.
Also included is the hardtop, which comes with radio box, storage nets, spreader lights, side-mounted rod holders and canvas, the latter available in navy or ivory. The Sailfish 282 has an impressive fuel capacity of 784 litres, and without any engines weighs in at 3075kg.
The Sailfish 282 also comes with plenty of safety features, such as two automatic bilge pumps, a bow rail, cockpit toe rails, a companion grab rail, a non-skid recessed walkaround, a self-bailing cockpit with four drains and stainless steel through-hull fittings.
RRP: from $250,000 (including twin Yamaha F200 engines).
Deep V 310 SE Express Cruiser
With a hull length of 9.1m and a beam of 3.3m, Deep V says its 310 SE Express Cruiser has a spacious cabin layout, which features two double berths (one with privacy curtain), full-size shower/toilet, a large galley and separate dinette. The cabin has head room of at least 1.9m throughout, and its makers claim there’s more than enough room for a family of four to spread out and relax away from the elements.
Based on the same hull design as Deep V’s 310 Twin, the 310 SE Express Cruiser is powered by a single sterndrive engine, available in either a standard petrol or optional diesel configuration.
Protection at the helm is provided by a Targa arch with fabric bimini top. Three-sided opening and removable clears are also fitted, and the fabric bimini can be replaced by an optional hardtop.
At the helm you’ll find a bench seat for two, along with a sunlounge to port, while the dash allows plenty of space for the installation of large-screen marine electronics.
Behind the helm is a concealed and plumbed sink and food preparation area, which Deep V says easily converts into a tackle station for anglers, or a barbecue if lunch or dinner is on the agenda. Opposite is an insulated icebox, which can be fitted with an optional 12V refrigeration plate.
At the rear of the cockpit is a sizeable area for fishing or entertaining, making the Deep V 310 SE Express Cruiser ideal for family weekends away, or serious fishing trips with the boys. With the 8.2-lt petrol Volvo V8, it’s good for a top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots.