Aboard the 335 EX, access to all the service items is provided via a large, centrally located in-sole hatch. The fuel tanks are outboard, with the genset centered for balance. For routine maintenance, the underdeck area is well laid out with the batteries, charger and electrical connections outboard and to port; the water heater and holding tank are to starboard. Access is convenient for quick inspections, and all bulkhead penetrations are lined to prevent chafing of wires and hoses.
The 335 EX isn't the only big boat utilizing twins instead of trips or quads. Grady-White's 330 ($334,940) and Boston Whaler's 345 Conquest ($336,721, with twin 300 hp Mercury Verado outboards) are its most direct competitors. At a trimmer 2,000-pound weight advantage, the Grady's has a slight efficiency advantage, though both handily beat the Whaler, which achieves its best range at 25.9 mph at .83 mpg. In fact, Grady liked the big V-8 engines so well, it just introduced its 366 with twin 350s.
The key to the 335 EX's versatility is, as with any walk-around, good traffic flow throughout. The cockpit accomplished that by giving an open-deck plan with minimal or no pinch points to slow down passage fore to aft. It's fitted with three circular livewells (28, 45 and 60 gallons), a 600-quart insulated fish box and enough rod holders and rocket launchers for a quiver of outfits. Switches for the livewell pumps and spreader lights were moved from the helm to the fighting cockpit, so crewmen can access them without bothering the captain - a detail that showed the designers knew offshore fishing.
Belowdecks, the layout prioritizes ease of movement. The head is roomy and the galley is wellequipped for this size boat. Convertible dinette seating adds a berth with minimal effort. The V berth has a flip-out cushion that adds 18 inches to the length. In all, the 335 EX sleeps five.
You can see the quality and even the fluid lines of the boat in the showroom. But to see for yourself why we think the 335 EX cruises and fishes equally well, you need to schedule a test ride.
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