Captain's ReportLearn about the back story of Cruisers Yachts here...Wide Open Spaces Inside, Fresh New Layout OutsideBy Capt. Rob SmithCruisers Yachts continues to garner new awards for design and innovation as well as winning over more cruising families. The 330 Express definitely follows in that tradition. I had the pleasure of testing this model in some rather harsh conditions for the typical cruising family in South Florida and was impressed at her overall ability during our ride. For entertainment features and value as well as comfort and executive level accommodations, the 330 Express delivers.Access to the bow is either down narrow side paths or, preferably, through the walkthrough windshield. The bow is surrounded by high safety rails and aggressive grip so when you go forward to handle the anchor tackle, you have sure footing. Add the optional windlass system and you simplify this delicate task and make it even safer in rough conditions. Add the optional sun loungers up front and you will have many memorable sunsets while sipping your favorite chilled beverage.Great Layout for EntertainingStepping down into the cockpit is easy with molded-in steps from the dash down to entertainment central. Starting in the aft section, the benches form a U-shape to bring everyone together in conversation. If you have sun-worshippers onboard, you can expand the tanning area with filler cushions making this area a huge sun lounger. For afternoon snacks simply set up the removable table which stores neatly in dedicated spaces in the bench base. Even the posts for the sun lounger conversion and table have dedicated racks to keep them from rolling around crashing together and becoming a nuisance.The entertainment wet bar is a nice touch. It is located on the port side and comes standard with sink, concealed bin and pressure water, but the gourmet can upgrade to an electric grill and icemaker or cockpit refrigerator to dish out some mighty fine snacks and meals.Smart Enclosure SystemUp front, the cockpit sports a large rear facing lounger that will also accommodate several as a bench seat when underway. Cruisers Yachts designed the seat base to be large enough to place all the canvas enclosure inside, and it really did fit. Speaking of canvas, the bimini system is wonderful. Instead of straps and bars, this one has a system of telescoping bows that lock into place eliminating those noisy, cumbersome straps and opens up the view without obstruction.Spacious AccommodationsMoving below, the openness makes this boat feel much longer than its 35’6” length overall. The mid-ship’s U-shaped lounger allows good overhead room and even converts quickly into a double-berth for additional overnight accommodations.Six angular ports pull in plenty of natural light into the salon. Cruisers didn’t curve the ends of the lounger around on this model, which in part explains the open feeling. The center cabin floor has lots of open space because of this and it also removes what feels like a cramped compartment without giving up seating space. Stereo, DVD and Air Conditioning controls are grouped at one end with a hanging closet for your overnight change of clothes. The cabinets above the lounge also house the power distribution panels and have great LED lighting that is cool, yet produces plenty of light. Fully-equipped GalleyOver on the port side is the head compartment which also has plenty of standup room. The shower and vanity leave you enough room to get ready in the morning without feeling folded up like a napkin at dinner. The galley is just forward on the port side. Dry goods storage is abundant, so carrying enough for a weekend or a week away should not be a problem. The TV is built into a cabinet front with storage behind it for the DVD player and plenty of DVDs or CDs. A two-burner cooktop is in the large prep countertop. The stainless sink is gourmet quality with a pull-out wand to rinse off food and to simplify clean up. Appliances include a microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer combo, two-burner stove and optional coffeemaker.Comfortable Overnight SpaceThe main berth is the queen-sized Island berth up front. The space below is for storage, not a noisy air conditioner like many in her class. Two steps up lead you into your night-time relaxation center. For privacy when others join you overnight, a curtain can be spread quickly across.Specifications and RideThe Cruisers Yachts 330 Express measures 35’6” length overall with a beam width of 11’8”. Bridge clearance with the arch is 103 inches. Cabin headroom is up to 6’5” which is quite high, and draft is 29 inches with the drive up and 44 inches with it fully down. The 330 weighs approximately 16,500 lbs. dry with gas engines and 17,500 lbs. with diesels. This model carries 232 gallons of fuel and 40 gallons of fresh water.According to the manufacturer, this model has a cruise speed of approximately 27.5mph and a maximum speed of 38.9mph at 4680rpm with twin Volvo 8.1 370-hp engines. The 330 Express was on plane in 10 seconds and up to maximum speed in 28 seconds. We will be testing the 330 Express soon to deliver you BoatTEST certified numbers, but conditions on test day were such that realistic values would have been much slower to remain safe. Seas were 5-6 feet and breaking, but she handled exceptionally well proving she can get out in the rough stuff and allow you to get into safe port until it gets better.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Cruisers Yachts 330 Express (2007-) is 38.90 mph (62.6 kph), burning 65.00 gallons per hour (gph) or 246.02 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Cruisers Yachts 330 Express (2007-) is 27.50 mph (44.3 kph), and the boat gets 1.06 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.45 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 221 miles (355.67 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 370-hp Volvo Penta 8.1.
Standard and Optional Features
|Dripless Shaft Seals||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Boats More Than 30 Feet
|Engine warranties vary by manufacturer Yes|
|1-Year other parts and components Yes|
|ISO Certification NMMA Certification||Yes|
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