Factory Tour:

Step One:

Fiberglass Boats are built from the outside inward. So the Molds, which determine each fibreglass part's shape,are painstakingly inspected and polished to ensure Grady-White's smooth,lasting finish.

Step Two:

The smooth, durable gelcoat finish is sprayed into the highly polished molds. This polyester resin forms the outer surface of a Grady-White. 

Step Three:

One of the keys to quality manufacturing is consistency. Grady-White has installed temperature controlled resin tanks, so our fibreglass meets high standards of quality and strength in winter, spring, Summer or fall, no matter what the ambient temperature.

One more reason Grady-Whites are stronger, more durable and reliable than other brands!

 

Step Four:

Fibreglass is painstakingly hand laid on the gelcoat surface. Though labor intensive and more expensive to do, only a hand lay-up ensures the consistent glass to resin ratios and uniform thickness that helps give every Grady-White quality,reliability,safety and long term value!

 

Step Five:

To ensure uniform laminate layers which give strength Grady-Whites are known for, the fibreglass and resin are rolled smooth and evenly distributed by hand. 

 

Step Six:

Stringer systems are encapsulated in resin and fibreglassed to the hull before the foam flotation is sprayed into strategic cavities. This gives Grady-Whites lasting strength, safety and shape.

 

Step Seven:

An advanced evaporative cooling system is part of Grady-White's lamination area. This system not only provides a more comfortable work area, enhancing efficiency and productivity for our lamination teams, it allows heat to dissipate evenly while each boat “cures” in its mold to ensure that your Grady-White will always retain its original shape for optimum performance plus long-lasting durability and value. Our limited production methods are more time consuming but they help promote quality.

 

Step Eight:

As hulls, decks and smaller parts leave the lamination area headed for quality control inspections and assembly, Grady-White smoothes edges, cuts windows and openings, and grinds edges in dust free booths to ensure perfect fits. In addition, these booths help create a cleaner plant and more comfortable working conditions for our grinding teams.

 

Step Nine:

Standard deck hardware is 316L stainless steel with much more nickel and chromium than the 304 stainless steel used by competitive boats. Even the through bolts and locking nuts used to secure hardware are laboratory grade stainless to resist the elements.

 

Step Ten:

Expertly trained Grady-White craftsmen make certain that the installation of Yamaha four-stroke outboard engine(s) on your Grady-White is done exactly right. Factory rigging also means that your installations are covered by factory warranties, and that all power systems are rigorously inspected by our quality control teams including in-house cranking and actual running tests.

Step Eleven:

Grady-White has over 150 quality checkpoints in our manufacturing and assembly process; no one in the marine industry has more stringent and effective quality control systems. Windshield systems, hardtops and canvas options are installed. Each strap and fastener is fitted at the factory before the canvas is repacked for shipment.

 

Step Twelve:

As one more assurance of superior quality, each cabin boat receives a 15-minute shower to check for leaks. The result is quality, reliability, safety, and long-term value that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

 

Thank you for spending a few moments with us. As you can tell, attention to detail is the hallmark of our production facility. We know that every boat that leaves here is destined for a life of fun and hard work, too. That's why we build in peace of mind for you and your family. If you haven't looked at a Grady in person yet, spend some time with your local Grady-White dealer. Take a demo ride. Meet other Grady owners: You'll hear lots of reasons why you have the right boat when you buy a Grady-White.

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