Sailfish 282 — By
Capt. Ken Kreisler — February 2001
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Other changes, which come courtesy of a new deck and liner, include a new cockpit sink with pullout shower head in the aft port corner, a 75-gallon (up from 65) fishbox, a 40-gallon (up from 20) livewell, and a 220-gallon (up from 202) fuel tank. The helm station has been widened and supplied with a larger vertical panel area to provide more room for electronics, something quite noticeable on my test boat, which was equipped with an ICOM 127 VHF, Seatrex Autopilot, and Furuno 1850 DGPS and 582L fishfinder. And the starboard helm seat, made especially for Grady-White by Pompanette, is now joined by a wraparound companion seat to port instead of the 272's single companion seat. New fishing amenities include a port-side aft-deck bait center with sink and a pull-out freshwater faucet and, hidden in the aft benchseat, a removable tray that can hold up to four flat tackle boxes, docklines, or other gear you may want at the ready.
The problem of increasing accommodation space aboard a 28-footer was also suitably handled. While the cabin layout on my test boat was not vastly different from that of its predecessor, with its 6'4" headroom (5'8" in the head), I found it to be adequate for its purpose: affording shelter from inclement weather, providing space for a stand-up head and galley, offering plenty of stowage, and providing a V-berth for two.
Left unchanged are Grady-White's construction techniques and running bottom, both of which have been the mainstay of the still privately held company since Eddie Smith bought it in 1968. To begin with, the bottom is solid fiberglass. The hull and deck are hand-laid fiberglass with Baltek end-grain balsa coring in the hull sides. Besides adding stiffness to the structure, the coring helps wick the resin more deeply into the grain for superior strength and bonding. Like every Grady, the 282 is built from a kit for consistency. The entire stringer system, also a kit, is cut by a CNC router from 3/4-inch Perma-Panel wood that is then glassed to the hull. (Perma-Panel is the proprietary name for a marine-grade plywood that carries a lifetime guarantee against rot.) All areas surrounding the stringers are foamed in for strength, sound deadening, and flotation. In fact, Grady says the 282 has 30 percent more foam than is necessary to keep the boat afloat, should the hull be breached or the vessel swamped.
Like most good hull designs, the 282's starts off with a sharp, wave-piercing entry and flattens aft, a design that makes for both a smooth and stable ride. This hull, designed by C. Raymond Hunt and designated by Grady-White as the CV-2 (Continually Variable V), is special in that its shape and deadrise change every two feet, producing a ride that Grady says optimizes both performance and seakindliness.
I was able to evaluate that last attribute on our first day of fishing. A wind shift the night before had left the area around Munjack Cay, which is just north of Green Turtle, with a steep chop. Despite the conditions, we were still able to comfortably troll four lines, and the only spray that came aboard was wind-driven. As you'd expect on a boat of this size, we had our share of rocking and rolling with the seas beam-to. However, with the bow into the sea, the 282 handled the chop without the bucking and slamming I've noted on similar boats. I kept the rpm up a little, and the 282 did the rest. By trolling a little faster, I was able to smooth the ride out even more. Unfortunately the local fish population found our offerings unappetizing, as nothing of any consequence hit our decks that day. But calm conditions the next day produced a 30-pound wahoo, which by late afternoon had been properly cleaned, cut into steaks, marinated, and put on the grill. We fed the dock with that one.
With a forecast of clear skies and calm seas for the Gulf Stream over the next few days, Weller and I decided to run the 282 back to Palm Beach the following morning. After a leisurely breakfast we topped off the tanks and, once clear of the island, set the autopilot for Palm Beach Inlet, sat back, and let the Grady hull and twin 200-hp Yamaha HPDI outboards move us along at a steady 37 mph at 4500 rpm. The boat's best cruise with that power comes in at 3500 rpm, registering just under 30 mph and posting a 421-mile range at a total burn rate of 13.8 gph.
While the conversation on the trip back centered on fishing, Weller did discuss some of the other features, both standard and optional, on the 282. Chrome over bronze is used for the through-hulls, and 316 stainless steel is used for the bowrail and all the through-bolted deck hardware. Footrests are supplied for both the helm and companion seats. Both the 75-gallon insulated fishbox and 40-gallon livewell have lids and interiors that are gelcoated and sealed with heavy-duty gaskets. Also standard are four rod holders and six horizontal rod stowage racks in a self-bailing cockpit that measures 59 square feet. Optional equipment includes air conditioning, an anchor windlass (the wiring for it is already installed), battery charger, dockside power with galvanic isolator, hardtop with radio box and spreader lights, hardtop rod holder, microwave, electric head, and a pair of Lee Jr. 18-foot cabin-mounted outriggers.
Grady-White prides itself on being the kind of builder that listens carefully to its customers. In that way, it not only deals with existing problems but can also head off potential new ones. Based on my two and a half days aboard the Sailfish 282, the only problem you're likely to have aboard this boat is figuring a way to keep off of it.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.