Sailfish 282 — By Capt. Ken Kreisler
|Grady-White’s redesigned Sailfish 282 comes up with the correct solution.|
My trip to the Abacos was fraught with problems. The flight out of New York's La Guardia Airport was an hour late just getting to the runway, then sat there for another hour. At Miami International I was informed, after sprinting clear across the terminal, that my four-seat puddle jumper was gone. "Can't be!" I huffed. "Can be," a smiling rep said.
I had to get there. Joey Weller, Grady-White's customer relations manager, had gone to great lengths to set up a fishing trip for me on the newly redesigned Sailfish 282. (The Sailfish 272 walkaround had undergone enough changes for the company to rename it.) So in a move that would have made Jackie Chan flinch, I whipped out my billfold and flashed my Sam's Club card. "It's a matter of national security," I said stiffly. My attempt at humor scored points. The airline rep picked up a handheld radio and after a quick conversation said, "Lucky you. They're still here and are coming back."
A $65, one-hour cab ride across the island was yet another ordeal, capped by a 20-minute boat ride that finally delivered me to the Green Turtle Club near sunset. A smiling Weller met me at the dock, and I told him my tale of woe over a Bass Ale. "That's okay, Ken," said Weller in his soothing North Carolinian drawl, "Grady-White's gonna take care of things from here on in."
How right he was. But before we went fishing, Weller and I discussed why Grady had altered the successful 272. "We base changes on direct input from our customers," he told me. "And with the 272, the suggestions were significant enough for us to go ahead with the modifications. Our problem was, of course, how to do it."
Grady's solution began with styling changes that resulted in a lower profile with a more rounded house and larger side windows. The 272's front cabin windows have been swapped for a large Bowmar hatch that, together with the new side windows, not only makes the cabin feel roomier, but also affords better air circulation.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.