OVER THE RAIL. The 33 Sportfish Cruiser's cockpit is arranged for serious catching. Under-gunwale rod stowage secures a pair of 50s per side, is lockable, and has 7' PVC tubing to protect the tips of your rods. The transom livewell is also smart. The lid has a small hatch to keep water from sloshing out, but the lid can also be removed entirely if you want to use the livewell as a fishbox. But that will likely never be necessary: Two massive, macerated fishboxes reside in the sole. A rigging station is on the transom. At the cockpit's forward end are another livewell and a tackle storage unit. These modules are the perfect height for crew to sit on and watch strikes. The standard half-tower includes an array of rocket launchers and includes Taco's new outriggers that can be swung out or lowered without having to stand on the gunwale.
On centerline, a large hatch, which lacks a strut to hold it open, provides access to the generator ($9,980; it's standard on the Grady). Batteries, bilge pumps, and the raw-water plumbing for both the air-conditioner and genset are here. Fountain devised a clever method of delivering cooling water to the genny and air-conditioner even at high speed. Pickups on the transom force water into the plumbing and through strainers. If the devices had been plumbed in-line with the strainers, the stream would be too fast for their pumps. So instead, the air and genset are connected via a T-fitting, which slows down the stream. It also creates a reserve, of sorts, for rough days when the transom may leave the water, momentarily cutting off the water supply. Great job.
BORN IN SIN, COME ON IN. Sultry defines the mood set by the 33 Sportfish Cruiser's interior. Indirect lighting; curved, high-gloss laminate cabinetry; solid door frames; supple headlining; and lounge upholstery counterpoint its all-business topsides. There's an enclosed head with shower (plus a hot and cold transom shower), a galley complete with solid-surface counters and enough appliances to cook for a weekend, and sleeping accommodations for six.
Crawl into the aft berth, which is private and roomy enough for a couple. A hatch in the aft bulkhead provides access to the water heater and freshwater pump, neither of which I'd look forward to servicing: It's just too tight. Fountain says it will improve the service access in production models.
The forward V-berth is formed by filling in the dinette. It's comfortable and long, though I wish it had reading lamps. You'll need to get out of bed to turn off the lights. A screened hatch overhead provides ventilation, the only opening into the exterior of the cabin. Portholes and such almost invariably leak, so chalk this up as one more good detail aboard a cruising fishboat that's full of them.