Grady-White Canyon 456 Center Console
By Tom Richardson on April 25, 2018
Grady-White’s new flagship, the Canyon 456 center console, is spacious, technically sophisticated, and richly appointed. It offers the widest beam in its category, and is also the largest unsinkable boat of its kind.
Grady’s exclusive Sea Command Center helm features four electronically adjustable seats with rich upholstery, stainless supports for the armrests and fold-down footrests. CZone digital switching technology enables one-touch control of onboard systems, including power, electrical, lighting, heat and air conditioning and even seacocks. Grady’s sea chest raw-water reservoir allows remote electronic control of live wells, the generator, air conditioning, washdowns pumps, and more. The helm also includes Fusion Signature Series stereo system controls for the bow and T-top speakers. A separate Fusion Signature unit is located in the console cabin.
Powered by quad Yamaha 350 hp outboards, the Canyon 456 delivered a company test cruise of 31.4 mph at 3700 rpm (.65 mpg). Top end as tested was 55.2 mph at 5900 rpm (.40 mpg).
The 456 comes standard with a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, Yamaha Helm Master system with Set Point, and a variable-speed bow thruster. Meanwhile, the Zipwake auto-leveling trim control system ensures maximum stability.
The entire helm is protected by an AV2 T-top with integrated wraparound windshield. Electronic side windows and a large overhead hatch let in plenty of fresh air when the heating or air conditioning system is not needed. The top includes a built-in SureShade electronically retractable cockpit shade, and LED spreader lights forward and aft. The underside of the top features digital lighting and a netted storage area.
The huge cockpit allows integration of the Sea Command Center’s aft-facing fishing station, with dedicated air conditioning/heating vents and seating for three in high, dry, comfortable seats. The middle seat sports a flip-up bolster that serves as a lean bar. There is storage for six tackle boxes plus two additional gear drawers under the bolstered seating. Portside is a sink with an adjustable pull-out hose with spray nozzle. The starboard side has an outdoor galley with refrigerator and grill.
Aft port and starboard cockpit side doors make it easy to land fish or board. Another useful feature is the hot and cold freshwater shower mounted near the starboard side door, ready for a quick rinse after a swim or dive, or to wash off your rods. Twin live wells are located in the transom, adjacent to the expansive aft refrigerated/freezer fishbox. The transom wall offers an area to mount a 24″ electronics display for the crew. The aft transom itself includes a high-volume scupper system, plus a Glendenning 35-foot, 50-amp retractable shore-power cord.
Access to the expansive console cabin is via sliding door with screen, just forward of the portside bridge seat. Below the portside countertop is a full-size microwave drawer and six-bottle wine cooler. A stainless sink and a cooktop are located amidships on the starboard counter, with a refrigerated drawer below. Lighted glass shelves are above the counters on each side. Forward center is an electronically controlled, sapele wood dining table that can seat 4. The table can be lowered to create a forward berth that sleeps two. A 32″ flat-screen TV is centered on the forward bulkhead. The generous console head is includes a lighted, mirrored glass cabinet over the stainless steel sink, and a shower with a classic teak grid floor. A clever, elegant hinged fiberglass door partitions off the shower area, keeping the rest of the compartment dry, and creates an a locker for four rods.
On deck, forward of the cabin, the Canyon 456 features an elegant lounge platform and bow seating area. Two plumbed, insulated boxes are to port (43 and 123 quarts), while a 210-quart box is to starboard. Atop the boxes, deeply cushioned seating complemented by stowable backrests surrounds two semi-circular fiberglass tables. With the tables lowered, the space can be covered to create another lounge.
Beam Amidships 14′
Bridge Clearance 10′ 5″
Transom deadrise 21 degrees
Water 80 gals.
Fuel 616 gals.
Weight w/out engines 24,500 lbs.
Base price w/quad Yamaha 350s $1,275,000