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Grady-White 281 CE

Coastal Explorer 281

28′ Coastal Explorer

The ultimate inshore/offshore boat, built on Grady-White’s legendary SeaV²® hull, the all-new 281 Coastal Explorer is a real game-changer! Packed with ingenuity, starting with a new standard portside electric fold down platform with stowable ladder and the newly designed aft bench seat with three different configurations, this top-of-the-line Grady-White boat delivers triple the thrills. From fishing the shallows, and the deepest offshore canyons, to riding in luxury and style to and from the sandbar, this incredibly versatile boat will be the delight of the entire family!


Beam Amidships 9’4” (2.84 m)
Center Line Length w/o Engine 27’7” (8.41 m)
Bridge Clearance 7’11” (2.41 m)
Cockpit Depth 22” (0.56 m)
Hull Draft 19” (0.48 m)
Transom Deadrise 16 degrees (SeaV2® progression)
Maximum HP 600 (448 kW)
Fuel Capacity - Standard 160 gal. (606 l)
Weight w/o Engine 5650 lb. (2563 kg)

Available Colors


Classic Grady White (gelcoat)


Celestial Blue
Coastal Fog Blue
Sea Glass
Seaport Blue
Cape Gray
Harbor Blue


Grady-White 281 Coastal Explorer Intro Video


Coastal Explorer 281

Totally Satisfied!!

I wanted a boat that could fish inshore in shallow water as well as go out 40 miles on good days for offshore fishing. The 281 CE does both very well. Not to mention the ease of hopping from island to island while cruising with friends and family. Drop the windless anchor, back it up, drop the twin power poles and your locked in on the shoreline for fun in the sun!

November 6, 2023 -

Coastal Explorer 281

Love the 281 CE

We recently purchased a GW 281 CE and love the boat. It fishes really well and handles chop surprisingly well. We look forward to many years of chasing Walleye in Lake Erie with our 281 CE. South Shore Marine does an amazing job - couldn’t be more pleased.

July 30, 2023 -

Coastal Explorer 281

Eric S

Great boat

June 5, 2023 -

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