power-grady_white_330-largeHere is an express cruiser that may stimulate the rethinking of what a cruiser could be here in Canada.

Saltwater fishermen in the US are quite prepared to spend big money for sportfishing boats but these rigs are less common in Canada. We've got excellent fishing in the Great Lakes as well as along our coasts, so the Grady-White 330 Express will be attractive to people who are into fishing, but we think the Grady-White 330 Express represents a whole cruising lifestyle alternative.

Driving the Grady-White 330 Express with its twin Yamaha 350 HP V8 outboards is a game-changing experience. Although we have a relatively large cruiser with a very social bridge area, a spacious cockpit, a cozy but accommodating cabin with standup head, well-equipped galley and even a mid cabin to expand the sleeping accommodations, we also get a boat that can fly out to the cruising grounds and back through all kinds of weather and at impressive speeds.

Compared to inboard or stern drive power, the Yamaha 350 hp V8 outboards may seem to be an expensive choice, but there are many benefits to justify the cost. Instead of all the complexity of inboard mounted engines, the outboards are much lighter, fully self-contained units that can be tilted up totally clear of the water – no corrosion and no fouling problems.

Engine vibration, exhaust and all the mechanical complexity is outside of the boat leaving much more interior space. The added cost of these big outboard engines is a lot less than the value of the space you gain. But it's the performance that will win you over.

The new 350 HP Yamaha V8 engines have fully electronic controls with a single key for the two engines and a 'Start All' button. Press that and both engines instantly spring to life. They idle silently, the gear change is quiet but positive and dockside handling is exactly what you would expect from twin engines. Our test boat had an optional bow thruster to make things even easier.

You idle (or troll) quietly out into the open water; the power assisted hydraulic steering make it easy to control at all speeds. From there, shove the throttles ahead and the Yamaha's accelerate the Grady-White like it was light as a feather. They sound great and in seconds you are planed off. In about 10 seconds, you will find yourself doing almost 50 mph. Throttle back to 3,900 rpm and Grady-White's technicians say you will be traveling at 32.3 mph and getting 1.22 mpg. That level of economy is very impressive and it's available at a wide range of speeds.

Testimony to the Grady-White hull design is that this boat has simply remarkable turning ability and its seaworthiness in big water is well-known. This boat will take you from the marina or yacht club to a secluded anchorage about as fast as anything in the market and yet the boat is just dead easy to drive. It goes where you point it like a responsive family runabout.

Of course, you can stop to fish!

The cockpit is what this boat is all about because it was designed for saltwater fishing. Features include toe rails, padded cockpit coaming all the way around, rod holders spaced to handle big saltwater reels and we really liked the handsome foldout transom seat; it's there when you want it, gone when you don't.

Across the transom top is a 240L insulated fish box with drain and gasketed lid with a 173 L raw water live well on the starboard side with an interior light as well as a great rigging station for setting up your bait that has a freshwater sink and pull-out faucet. There are rod holders on the gunwales as well as in the cockpit sides. We especially liked the LED cockpit lighting mounted under the gunwales. There is also a brace of rod holders across the aft edge of the hardtop.

Grady-White loads their boats with nice features – too many to detail individually but there are abundant storage lockers and cubbies, drawers for tackle and small items, a freshwater washdown as well as a transom shower and in our opinion, an excellent transom door. That leads to a combination swim platform and outboard mounting area which is really an integral part of the 33' 6" hull – not a bracket of any kind. This keeps the sea out of the boat and the big Yamaha's breathe through venting in the top of their cowling so taking a big wave astern is no problem.

The bridge area is helm-centric with a Pompanette brand pedestal helm seat with locking arms that swivels and adjusts. The other bridge seating surrounds the centre-mounted helm making a nice social arrangement while giving the captain the best 360 degree view for driving, docking and fishing. The bridge area is up a couple of steps from the cockpit and this provides the headroom for the mid-cabin below.

In saltwater style, radios and other electronics could be mounted in the overhead console although there's lots of space for electronics directly ahead of the driver too. Our test boat had the Yamaha Command Link digital instrumentation along with tilt wheel, footrest, Ritchie compass and 56-quart helm seat cooler. I particularly liked the opening vent wings on the windshield. The upholstery and fibreglass gel coat are all the same French vanilla colour. That is a lot easier on the eyes than stark white in bright sun. BTW – a 12,000 BTU bridge air conditioning unit is optional – a 12,000 BTU system is standard in the cabin.

The cockpit is down four steps from the bridge and has stainless steel handholds everywhere you would want them. It is a reasonable size for a 33-footer and has a double-berth forward and a second one in the mid-cabin to sleep four in total. Grady-White includes a 15" flat screen TV, Kenwood stereo and Toshiba DVD player for entertainment. A 4 kW diesel generator is included to keep you comfortable away from shore power.

The galley features a storage locker and three drawers under the Corian counter and a storage locker with built-in racking and mesh nets above. A Contoure microwave is included as is an Isotherm refrigerator and a two-burner ceramic cooking surface. We liked the large, round stainless steel sink. Most parts are in plastic or composite material for strength and long life and the interior has a full fiberglass liner.

The head is a usable size and again has Corian counter, handheld shower and a Vacuflush MSD.

If an owner had a dry slip arrangement, this is the kind of cruiser that can be stored indoors, be ready to go in minutes, can handle rough conditions, get places fast and has a high level of versatility. Even if you never fish with it, you will love those huge lockers, cockpit lights and the great helm position. It's a new lifestyle alternative with a great pedigree – hat's off to Grady-White and Yamaha!

By Andy Adams

To see if this boat is available, go to www.boatcan.com to check listings!

Destinations

  • Prev
At the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show I had the pleasure of meeting up with Allyson and ...
Following the harsh impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The British Virgin Islands is making an ...
For the adventurous boater Bunsby Marine Provincial Park is a special place, situated due south of ...
There is good anchoring in Cowichan Bay and nearby, and salt water enough to make any boater happy. ...
We’re gliding through green-blue waters, colours so vivid and bright they hurt your eyes. We’re set ...
The Halifax waterfront has been attracting more and more large yachts in recent years. However, a ...
Ah Canadian simplicity at its finest; small town, big marina. Little Hilton Beach (population ...
Vancouver-based Big Blue Yacht Charters Worldwide owner Emma Murdoch explains that luxury crewed ...
In the 1920s, a small cove in Canoe Bay was used as a shipping point and safe-haven for rum runners ...
Here’s an update from Caroline Swann with some news for the adventurous types who may be heading to ...


The Marina at Blind ChannelOne of my favourite places

By Marianne Scott

Sailing north of Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands and the Broughton Archipelago offer cruisers a bevy islands with ample anchorages. Tides cause swift currents to run through the islands’ waterways. Few marinas are found in this large, sparsely populated region but one that provides all the services boaters need and especially enjoy is Blind Channel, a marina and resort operated by the Richter family located on Mayne Passage on the east side of West Thurlow Island (50 24. 82N, 125 30. 00).

Read more about the Blind Channel Resort...

 

Lifestyle

  • Prev
At the end of last month, Canadian sailors gathered on the Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca, Spain ...
In 2019, C-TOW celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing 24/7 “Peace of Mind Boating” for ...
West Vancouver Yacht Club reports that following an independent certification process the Georgia ...
It has been hot in the Abacos this winter. Whoever said this area was cool this time of year must ...
Unfortunately this is not a picture from a boat but was taken on the evening of February 27, 2019 ...
On March 1, Tom Ramshaw of Stoney Lake Yacht Club was honoured with the most prestigious National ...
Vero Beach, aka Velcro Beach, lived up to its reputation again. Our original plan was to be there ...
My husband and I were visiting the Bra d'Or Lake from Newfoundland in our 39 foot Sea Ray ...
After an autumn in Canada, we arrived back in northern Florida at Adamant 1 on January 3rd and with ...
This issue, to kick off 2019, we have an unofficial Photo of the week and this, the unofficial ...

Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

Read more about the Swift Trawler 47......

 

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

Read More about the Oceanis 46.1......

DIY & How to

  • Prev
I’ve had two emails over the past few weeks with a count-down to launch (47 days per the last ...
Electrical ground is a term used to describe the reference point in an electrical circuit from ...
Last time we looked at making proper electrical connections – the tools, supplies and methods ...
Winter is a great time to look at some of the hidden spaces on your boat – to take stock of what is ...
When a boat is in the water, the bilge will often collect water that enters the boat from weather, ...
Recently I suggested doing an off-season (winter) project with a potential client, and my ...
A recent conversation with a fellow contractor got me thinking: With all of the information out ...
As the cold approaches, shrink-wrapping is a hot topic, and I’ve heard more than a few debates at ...
Nothing stops a vacation faster than a problem with the fresh water system – be it leaks, smells, ...
Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares ...

Sea to Sky SailingSea to Sky Sailing has just been approved as the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognized training centre on the west coast of North America just in time to deliver an epic 2019 season!

“This transition from our previous International Yacht Training (IYT) certification to RYA is a huge benefit to our students as it provides them certification that is known globally as the gold standard for yacht training.  The RYA requires training centres to undergo annual inspections of their vessels, business practices and training delivery in order to maintain a strong standard and guarantee a high quality experience for students. 

Read More about Sea to Sky Sailing......

 

  

Marine Products

  • Prev
The Walker Bay Venture 14 claims to be the world’s first luxury Explorer Sport Tender. It is ...
Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the launch of the new MerCruiser V8 6.2L 370hp Jet Ready ...
My history with the Cayenne goes back many years, as I was at the launch of the original vehicle ...
Last month, Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine, the ...
Featuring advanced, intuitive 3D controls, Zipwake Dynamic Trim Control Systems deliver a more ...
Gina de Vere approached me at the Canadian Yachting booth at this year’s Vancouver International ...
A revolutionary “assisted docking” system that provides a glimpse into the future of boating ...
After developing the Figaro Beneteau 3, the first production foiling sailing yacht, Groupe Beneteau ...
You most likely operate your vessel with batteries that are rechargeable. Rechargeable batteries ...
This past decade has been a real up-and-down ride for the companies who make boating equipment. ...