Grady-White Boats has a legendary reputation for designing and producing outstanding fiberglass boats. Since 1959, Grady-Whites have been built in Greenville, NC. And since purchasing the company in 1968, owner and CEO Eddie Smith steadily has done what he does best: inspire his crew to work hard to provide customers the best quality, reliability, safety, performance and long lasting value. In large part Grady-White’s success is due to developing close relationships with its customers and dealerships, asking questions of and carefully listening to boat owners, and incorporating features they’ve requested to create fun products that make many happy memories. The quest for being “the ultimate in boating satisfaction” is the basis for the management style promoted by current company president, Kris Carroll.
Though Grady-White’s commitment to excellence never changes, the company constantly refines its boats as technology develops. That’s one reason why in 2008 Grady-White was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Coastal Fishing Boats (17–30 feet), Seven Times in a Row.”*—and has received this designation each time to date that J.D. Power and Associates has conducted studies in this marine market segment.
Eddie Smith believes that boating, sport fishing and outdoor activities are great gifts for our society. The history of Grady-White reflects nearly fifty years of appreciation and respect for these gifts, and the company is a steadfast advocate of fisheries conservation and education, and waterways management.