Service by Design
Before heading topside, open the hatch in the aft cabin bulkhead. Reach in and grab the dipsticks, seacocks, and bilge pump, items that would be difficult to access, especially aboard a V-drive, without this hatch, which is vapor-proof and ABYC-compliant. It's just one example of the superior serviceability you'll discover aboard the 330 Express. In the cockpit, lift the engine hatch. No, it's not electric as you'll find aboard the Sea Ray, but once it's open, there's little to gripe about. Every-thing is labeled and stoutly secured. Electrical connections are all sealed, a detail that escapes many builders.
Close the hatch. Notice the push-button ignition at the helm. Stroke the two-tiered faux-marble wetbar. Sit in the aft lounge with its dedicated table stowage, rich upholstery, and access to the lazarette. Twist the single lever latch and head through the split windshield to the standard windlass at the bow. Stroll onto the extended swim platform with its four-step ladder. Function and style reign throughout, though when I removed the wetbar trash can, I could see that the receptacle into which the refrigerator is plugged may get wet. Cruisers Yachts says this will be fixed on production models, but check it out.
I was underwhelmed while docking the 330 Express. The props tuck 40 percent of their diameter into tunnels, so spinning into a slip requires the use of more throttle than I'd prefer. Of course, those same tunnels reduce the draft to less than that of the stern drive version and reduce drag at cruising speeds. In a choppy Atlantic, the 330 Express ran beautifully, lifting to a light, responsive feel at higher rpm while retaining the ability to maintain plane (a good measure of efficiency) at just 14.7 mph. Take it for a run.
Extra Point: Heavily insulated fuel tanks limit noise by reducing engine-induced reverberation and drumming.