- 2 automatic bilge pumps (total 2,600 gph) (9,842 lph)
- Anchor windlass w/remote switches at helm & windlass
- 100% hand-laid hull and deck
- 32-gallon (121 L) livewell
- Fuel Capacity - 327-gallon (1,238 L) tank
- Rod Holders - cockpit (4), bow (4), transom (1)
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.2 sec.|
|0 to 30||7.1 sec.|
|Props||17p 15 1/2 SWS2|
|Load||2 persons, 2/3 fuel, no water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||60 deg., 50 humid; wind: 10-15 mph; seas: 1|
2 x 300-hp Yamaha
Contents of Report
- Mission Statement
- Major Features
- Features Inspection
- Options to Consider
By Capt. Martin Frobisher
Grady-White continues to fill in the Canyon line with the 326, the largest twin-engine model in the Canyon fleet. While the Canyon 336 lets owners step up to triples, the 326 maxes out at twin 350-hp Yamaha outboards, making her a more affordable option. She has everything an owner would want for fishing, but also shows a focus on comfort in the bow lounge area and the private head/shower in the console.
- Bow and console lounges
- Three-across seating at the helm
- Choice of twin Yamaha outboards
- Full fiberglass hardtop
- Wide-body SeaV2 non-stepped bottom
- Standup shower and head in console
The Cockpit. Starting in the Canyon 326’s cockpit, it measures 8’ (2.44 m) across and 3’6” (1.07 m) fore to aft and has 2’2” (66.04 cm) of depth. Coaming pads ring the inwales and there’s a two-person seat that folds inboard from the stern. In the aft port corner is a 32-gallon (121 L) livewell and in the center is a 318-quart (300 L) insulated fishbox. Taking a closer look at some details, the livewell has a cutting-board top and the hatch opens on a gas strut so an angler can use two hands to retrieve bait. Forward, on the aft side of the helm seat, tension hinges hold up the hatch for the optional second 38-gallon (144 L) livewell, eliminating the need for struts. Alongside is a sink with a cutting board hatch and storage for Plano-style tackled boxes plus a tool rack. Our test boat also had the optional drawer-style refrigerator. To port, our test boat had a side boarding door and aft to starboard is a gate that leads to the stern, including the swim platform and four-step boarding ladder. Just ahead to starboard, the battery switches and circuit breakers are in their own locker. In the starboard gunwale, there are racks for rods and long-handled equipment plus fresh and raw-water washdowns. Overhead, our test boat had the optional SureShade retractable sun awning.
Mechanical Locker. With the aft bench seat folded into the stern, a hatch in the cockpit deck opens on two gas-assist struts to provide access to the mechanical equipment. Inside are two battery sets and the charging system, twin transducers and thru-hull pickups with remote seacock handles.
The Helm. At the Canyon 326’s helm, the seats adjust fore and aft and have folding bolsters and armrests. Footrests on the base of the helm seats console fold out and abaft are two storage drawers. In the port side of the seat base there’s a fold-out wastebasket. At the dash, the steering wheel is centrally positioned with the compass in-line and accessory switches on each side. There’s a shallow cushioned storage tray on the top of the console. The vertical electronics flat has space for two 17” (43.18 cm) multifunction displays and outboard to starboard are the VHF radio and Yamaha engine display. Aft are the Helm Master joystick and digital controls with the trim tab buttons with an integrated position indicator just inboard. To the left of the wheel, there’s a small compartment with a fiddle rail and USB plugs, the Fusion Apollo stereo and the optional bow thruster joystick.
The Hardtop. Taking a look overhead, it’s easy to see that Grady-White engineers went the extra mile to make sure the hardtop frame integrates cleanly with the console and wraparound windshield. An electronics box is forward with zippered lifejacket storage aft. LED lights are integrated into the underside and aft are twin Fusion speakers. Forward, our test boat had the optional outriggers.
The Console. Forward of the helm, in the console, the private head has 6’2” (1.88 m) of standing headroom and clearance from the top of the toilet is 4’8” (1.42 m). Inside the compartment, there’s a mirror, 12-volt DC switches and a recessed stainless-steel sink with a pull-out faucet. Grady-White also provides a rack for four fishing rods plus a storage drawer and dedicated slots for Plano tackleboxes.
The Bow. The passageway between the console and the gunwale is 21” (53.34 cm), an expansion of 4” (10.16 cm) compared to the space between the helm seats and the gunwale. A recessed rail leads forward to the bow area that has more of a cruising feel. The console seat measures 45” (1.14 m) across and optional bow lounges are 56” (1.42 m) long. Bow depth is 3’1” (.94 m) and a table can be set up in this area. Backrests for the bow seats fold into the gunwale for easier passage.
Remove bottom cushions for the bow seats and the area becomes a casting deck that measures 7’4” (2.24 m) wide and 5’ (1.52 m) fore to aft. Insulated fishboxes have 180 quarts (170 L) of capacity. In the foredeck, the anchor locker hatch opens on a stainless-steel strut and has a turn-and-lock latch. Inside are the Lewmar Pro Fish windlass, an 8” (20.32 cm) cleat for the rode, and the roller that leads through the stem. The switches for the windlass are on deck to starboard of the locker hatch.
Construction. Grady-White builds the 326 with all hand-laid fiberglass and a wood-free stringer and bulkhead grid backed up with aluminum supports. The boat is also filled with flotation foam to ensure that she is unsinkable.
The Numbers. The Grady-White Canyon 326 measures 33’1” (10.08 m) long with a 10’9” (3.28 m) beam and a draft of 2’ (66 cm). Empty weight is listed at 8,500 lbs. (3,856 kg) and with two people, 210 gallons (795 L) of fuel and test equipment on board, we had an estimated test weight of 11,716 lbs. (5,314 kg).
With triple 300-hp Yamaha four-stroke outboards spinning 15 ½” x 17” (37.1 cm x 53.3 cm) SWS2 three-blade stainless-steel propellers at a maximum rpm of 6000, we hit a top speed of 49.0 mph. Best cruise came at 3500 where we saw 25.3 mph and a fuel burn of 16.5 gph, giving us 1.5 mpg and a range of 452 statute miles while holding 10 percent of the boat’s 327-gallon (1,238 L) fuel capacity in reserve. For those interested in trolling speed data, we recorded 3.8 mph at 600 and a fuel burn of 1.2 gph, which translated into 3.2 mpg. At 1000 rpm, speed was 6.0 mph with a fuel turn of 2.6 gph for a mpg rating of 2.4. In acceleration tests, the Canyon 326 planed in 3.2 seconds and ran through 20 mph in 4.8 seconds and through 30 in 7.1 seconds.
Like all Grady-Whites, the Canyon 326 rides on the SeaV2 hull designed by C. Raymond Hunt. The deadrise sharpens gradually from the stern to the bow to create a bottom that provides even lift across the surface. She has a sharp forward entry to help the boat cut through waves. In our maneuverability tests, the boat acquitted herself well, carving smoothly through turns in either direction. The captain can get as aggressive as he wants and the Canyon 326 will oblige.
Options to Consider
- Bow thruster
- Cockpit grille in lieu of sink
- Outrigger kits
- Ski pylon (in lieu of transom rod holder)
The Grady-White Canyon 326 has a big feeling to it, thanks to a beam that’s about a foot wider than competitive models from Yellowfin and Contender. That enhances her fishing and cruising capabilities and creates a more comfortable boat.
Grady-White offers a Canyon 336 that’s basically a foot bigger and maximum power is twin 425-hp outboards or triple 300-hp motors. The 326 is limited to twin 350-hp outboards, which helps keep the prices down on a boat that is more than capable of heading offshore.