Grady-White’s Freedom 285 Undergoes Major Redesign

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Grady-White redesigned its dual console Freedom 285 with much of the focus on the helm including a new hardtop and an expanded windshield.

The Greenville, North Carolina, builder said the redesign was “from the bow to the transom” and the Freedom 285 incorporates many of the enhancements that Grady-White had made to its models over the years.

“We’re really excited to show customers how our forward-thinking engineering team has taken this exceptional boat and made it even better with this redesign,” said Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of marketing, in a press release.

The 28-foot boat is popular with families because of its versality for water sports, leisure activities and fishing. Introduced in 2012, this is the first major redesign for the twin-engine Freedom 285.

Designers focused on the helm, updating the station to offer large flush-mount electronics, switches closer to the driver, larger footrest and improved ergonomics. The 285 has a new windshield that is taller and wider to provide greater protection.

Passengers will appreciate the port and starboard electromechanically extendable aft facing lounge seats, perfect for relaxing in the sun or shade when the optional SureShade electrically retractable shade with Sunbrella canvas is added.

The bow sitting area can also be complemented with Grady’s new optional bow shade, an easily deployed screen that offers protection from the sun. With its standard fiberglass bow table and optional bow insert with filler cushions that create a sun pad, the Freedom 285 is fully outfitted for a day on the water. The optional retractable ski pole, integrated into the deck, can be conveniently put away when skiing and tubing are finished.

“The Freedom 285, is designed to provide more than ample space for socializing and fun, offering enough room for the whole family, as well as the gear that goes with on the water adventure. From dive gear to fishing rods, skis and tubes, there’s space for everything on this great all-around boat,” Tubaugh said.

For the fishermen in the family, the Freedom 285’s standard features are plentiful including a dedicated storage for two tackle trays, a 32-gallon aft insulated livewell with light, and two fish/ice boxes, one 118-quart in the starboard bow and another 185-quart aft. In addition, an abundance of rod storage has been incorporated with holders for five rods on the deck, four rods integrated into the hardtop frame, horizontal storage for three under the gunnel and lockable storage for three more rods in the head compartment. An optional outrigger kit tops off the fishability of the reengineered boat.

Other options for the new 285 include a wet bar with sink and optional refrigerator, bow thruster, and a convenience package with battery charger and dockside power.

Grade-White Boats builds 28 models from 18 to 45 feet. To see a list of standard features and options for the Freedom 285, visit