Captain's ReportThe 33 Outlaw Delivers Both Performance and Comfort Once you become serious about offshore performance boating, there are a lot of important factors to consider: length, engine and drive packages, cabin amenities and of course, price. Most mid-size offshore boats range from 31 to 38 feet and run twin big-block stern drives. Baja Marine's most popular boat in this category is the 33 Outlaw. The Outlaw series of boats utilize the classic look of offshore race boats, incorporating a flat deck and flat transom. Most boats of this style don’t provide much of a cabin, nor a head or galley of any kind. I was surprised to find that the 33 Outlaw had a very good-sized cabin, enough for 4 people to take an overnight trip. It also had a small-enclosed head with a porta-potti, and it also had a galley area with fresh water sink and a large counter top with cabinet space below for storage of goods or a small fridge.A large V-berth and two couches flank the port and starboard sides, and a small dining table is offered for sit down meals. Two huge Bomar hatches provide tons of light and ventilation. The only downside to the 33's cabin was the two-piece sliding Plexiglas companionway door. Compared to other Baja’s that we tested, the door was clunky and required your full attention to open and close.The cockpit is roomy, and the seats are comfortable and supportive. The drop down seat bottoms are manually actuated by a lever and even though they are functional, I would have preferred to have seen electric drop bolster seats in a boat of this caliber. The helm is well laid out with large, easy to read Gaffrig gauges. The Gaffrig throttles and shifter are located on the right side, as are the trim and tab switches with indicators directly above them to monitor their position. The companion seat to port has easy access to the marine grade Clarion stereo and a very large glove box. Your guests can stretch out on the aft bench seat which conceals the batteries and battery switches, giving you quick and easy access for servicing. Finishing off the cockpit are large storage areas located in the side coaming panels. When it's time to catch some rays, your guests will enjoy the large sun pad that conceals the engine hatch. The hatch is raised at the flick of a switch, which powers a single ram lift to gain access to the engines.Inside the engine compartment, the twin MerCruiser 496 HO Mags take up most of the space but there is still enough room to add a transom shower tank if you desire. When it is time to cool off, you can use the tubular aluminum swim platform and telescoping swim ladder at the transom. Now let's talk about power and performance. Baja has chosen to stick with the tried and true deep-V bottom hull with no steps. By not ventilating the running surface, the ride and handling are predictable. You will notice this when carving tight turns. Although you may not get the top speeds found on other boats with stepped hulls, you will have a greater sense of security at elevated speeds. Despite all that, the 33 Outlaw pops out of the hole and gets on plane without fussing with the throttles or the tabs. It was also one of the easiest boats to maneuver at the dock.We found little to criticize during our rigorous testing sessions, except when it came time to throw out the hook. There is no anchor locker at the bow and getting forward does take some dexterity.Overall, Baja has done a great job with the 33 Outlaw and that shows by its popularity.By Capt. Ron SvobodaTest Captain
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Baja 33 Outlaw (Not in Production) is 72.6 mph (116.8 kph), burning 64.1 gallons per hour (gph) or 242.62 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Baja 33 Outlaw (Not in Production) is 54.1 mph (87.1 kph), and the boat gets 1.49 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.63 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 248 miles (399.12 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 425-hp MerCruiser 496 MAG HO.
Standard and Optional Features
|CD Stereo||Standard Clarion Performance Stereo|
|Stove||Optional Alcohol or Electric Stove|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|