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Sea Ray 330 Sundancer (2011-)
(w/ 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI with Axius)

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Brief Summary

Because there are so many Sea Ray sportboats on the water it is little wonder that a large contingent of these owners want to move up to something a little bigger, with longer legs and more possibilities. The Sea Ray 330 was made to order for this trade-up market. She can seat 7 people in her cockpit and has two sleeping cabins below, a head and a basic galley. All of this makes weekend overnight cruising possible for a family with youngsters or two couples.

Key Features

  • Standard twin MerCruiser 350 MAG ECT Bravo III sterndrives with Digital Throttle & Shift
  • Mercury Installation Quality Certification - standard 2-year limited engine warranty
  • Choice of twin MerCruiser sterndrives, V-drive inboards, or Axius propulsion system with helm joystick control
  • Wide bench-style helm seat with two flip-up thigh-rise bolsters
  • Foldaway transom seat creates aft-facing seating on spacious integrated swim platform
  • Extra-large port lights give interior an open, airy feeling
  • Stainless-steel trimmed walk-thru windshield allow easy access to deck area from cockpit
  • Oversized electrically actuated engine hatch for easy access to the engine room
  • Standard SmartCraft Diagnostics with optional upgrades
  • Extra-large cockpit wet bar with solid-surface countertop can also accommodate optional built-in grill and refrigerator
  • Expansive cabin area with lots of headroom and tremendous amount of storage
  • Gourmet galley with solid-surface countertops, recessed stove and stainless-steel sink with solid-surface covers, refrigerator, microwave/coffeemaker combo and plenty of storage
  • Large enclosed head compartment with simulated teak flooring
  • Innovative fiberglass arch top with aft sunshade
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 33' 4''
    10.16 m
    Beam 10' 5''
    3.18 m
    Dry Weight 14,000 lbs.
    6,350 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 35''
    88.9 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 21 deg.
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 200 gal.
    757 L
    Water Capacity 35 gal.
    132.5 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI
    Tested Power 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI with Axius
    Opt. Power Various MerCruiser and Yanmar Sterndrives up to 300-hp

    Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

    RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
    600 2.8 2.4 1.5 1.9 1.6 336 292 76
    1000 5.9 5.1 3.0 2.0 1.7 360 313 78
    1500 7.9 6.9 4.2 1.9 1.6 339 294 78
    2000 9.5 8.3 8.0 1.2 1.0 214 186 81
    2500 11.1 9.6 12.8 0.9 0.8 156 136 82
    3000 17.6 15.3 17.2 1.0 0.9 184 160 82
    3500 26.7 23.2 19.0 1.4 1.2 253 220 87
    4000 31.7 27.6 23.2 1.4 1.2 246 214 89
    4800 39.0 33.9 30.0 1.3 1.1 234 203 90
    600 292 541 4.50 5.68 0.80 76
    1000 313 579 9.50 11.36 0.85 78
    1500 294 546 12.70 15.90 0.80 78
    2000 186 344 15.30 30.28 0.51 81
    2500 136 251 17.90 48.45 0.37 82
    3000 160 296 28.30 65.11 0.43 82
    3500 220 407 43.00 71.92 0.60 87
    4000 214 396 51.00 87.82 0.58 89
    4800 203 377 62.80 113.56 0.55 90

    All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

    Performance Chart

    Performance Chart

    Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

    Time To Plane 6.9 sec.
    0 to 30 13.0 sec.
    Ratio 2.20 : 1
    Props SS RH 14.25
    Load 2 persons, 1/3 fuel, no water, minimal gear
    Climate 72 deg.; 65% humidity; wind: 5-10 mph; seas; 1-2

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer (2011-) Line Drawing


    Captain's Report

    By Capt. Dan Armitage

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The 330 Sundancer is designed to be a comfortable cruiser at the dock and on the open water.


    According to our source at Sea Ray, the 330 is built specifically for the active boater who wants to entertain friends and take the family on short weekend cruises, with possibly one or two longer cruises each season. Because of Sea Ray's large world-wide dealer network the 330 has many different engine options to fit local conditions and needs..

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The Sea Ray 330 Sundancer is available with both gas and diesel engines in both stern drive and inboard configurations.

    Distinctive Features

    V-drive available.

    There are very few boats on the market in this class that offer both stern drive and V-drive inboard propulsion systems. If you like inboard power -- and there are owners who prefer the props under the boat rather than hanging off the transom -- then the 330 should be considered.

    Robust displacement.

    The Sea Ray 330 is one of the heaviest boats in class. That heft, together with its 21-degree deadrise should make this a comfortable boat in a chop.

    Good range.

    Best cruise for the 330 is at 3500 rpm going 26.7 mph, getting 1.41 statute miles per gallon powered by the optional 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG. This is among the greatest ranges offered by any boat in class. One of the reasons for this is her 10'5" (3.18 m) beam which is among the most narrow in class.

    Interior treatment.

    If you have been aboard one of the new 2012 Sea Rays then we urge you to do it. The interior treatments, décor, materials used, and overall feel have been greatly enhanced on many of the company's models. The 330 is one of those boats.

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    Maple hardwood is standard underfoot aboard the 2012 330 Sundancer. The flatscreen TV is an option in an mid cabin which is made versatile with a convertible bed that doubles as wraparound seating.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    Sea Ray has redesigned the sofa and added new, textured wall materials to enhance the rich feel of the interior. Note the wood-finished cabinetry and a solid teak table in the salon.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    Thanks to two skylights and four oversized portlights, a good deal of natural light illuminates the 330’s V berth and interior. The fully appointed galley includes oven, microwave, stovetop, refrigerator/freezer and a sink large enough to accommodate full-sized pots, pans and dishes.

    Power and Performance

    We tested the 330 with twin 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG 5.0 L engines driving through Bravo III dual-prop sterndrive lower units. WAT speed at 4800 rpm was 39.0 mph with 1/3rd fuel, no water, and two people aboard. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm, as noted above, where the boat goes 26.7 mph, getting 1.41 mpg giving the boat a range of 253 statute miles.Standard power on the 330 is twin 260-hp 5.0 L MPI ECT MerCruiser Axius engines with DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift) driving Bravo III drives. This is a joystick package that it pretty mush state-of-the-art. Power options include the 350 Mag that we tested rated at 300-hp. As noted the boat is also available with V-drive 350 MAGs. Twin Yanmar diesels (6LPA/STZP) 307-hp diesels connected to Bravo III drives are also available.

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The head features simulated teak floor, good-sized vanity and natural lighting via an oversized, functional hatch.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    Keeping the front deck ship-shape is easy thanks to a washdown hose located right where you need it to wash the anchor, rode and deck.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The deck plan of the 330 Sundancer. Note the large wet bar area.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    Interior accommodations of the Sea Ray 330. A privacy curtain for the forward sleeping area is standard.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The gals will like the raised back on the bow sunpad.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The 330 comes with the SmartCraft instrument management system, which includes marine diagnostics and features easy-to-read, low-glare night lighting.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The 330 comes with a standard canvas package for running the boat through inclimate weather and for keeping the boat buttoned up at the marina.

    Noteworthy Standard Features

    We look over dozens bats' standard and optional lists every week and most are pretty much the same in class. However, every company has its own pet items that they seem to like to make standard. Also, increasingly the last couple of years a number of builders have been packing in more "often-needed" equipment on the standards list. In looking over the Sea Ray 330 Sundancer's standard list here are the items that caught our eye-- *Axius joystick *Electrically actuated engine room hatch *Teak cockpit table *Ultraleather material covering interior sofa *Mirrored bulkhead in mid cabin *Power vent in the head (You'd be surprised how many boats make this an option.) *High water bilge alarm *Smart Craft Engine Diagnostics * Digital Throttle and Control (DTS) *Battery charger/converter *VHF radio *Engine room fire suppression system *Gel coated engine room *Cockpit shower

    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    The Sundancer’s cockpit can be fitted with an optional grill and flat screen TV. Sectional snap-in carpeting makes for simple post-cruise clean-up.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    An aft-facing convertible seat is perfect for keeping tabs on children swimming off the transom – or for relaxing and catching a sunset.
    Sea Ray 330 Sundancer
    A cool option for stowing and launching personal watercraft, small inflatables or family members who want to lounge in the water is the optional hydraulic swim platform.

    Price and Observations

    As we write this the boat's MSRP with the twin 260-hp engines is $251,554. If you want twin 300-hp engines such as the ones we tested, add $20,617 in the U.S., or about $10,000 in the rest of the world. (The catalyzed engines make the difference,)Sea Ray has been building express cruisers for about as long as anyone and knows what it is doing. Competition is keen these days and Sea Ray is responding by adding important items of gear to its standard list (such as the Axius joystick). Likewise the interior of the 330 is definitely an up-grade over what we have seen before.The Sea Ray 330 Sundancer is pretty much ready to use right out of the standard box and does not require much more than USCG-required safety items and fuel. We would add a chartplotter/gps. People in the tropics may want A/C which will also require the addition of a generator, but that is about it.

    Test Result Highlights

    • Top speed for the Sea Ray 330 Sundancer (2011-) is 39.0 mph (62.8 kph), burning 30.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 113.55 liters per hour (lph).
    • Best cruise for the Sea Ray 330 Sundancer (2011-) is 26.7 mph (43 kph), and the boat gets 1.41 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.6 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 253 miles (407.16 kilometers).
    • Tested power is 2 x 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPI with Axius.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Marine Electronics

    Autopilot Optional
    Fishfinder Optional
    GPS/Chart Optional
    Radar Optional
    VHF Radio Standard


    Air Cond./Heat Optional
    Battery Charger/Converter Standard
    CD Stereo Standard
    Dripless Shaft Seals Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Shore Power Standard
    Trim Tabs Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Water Heater Standard
    Windlass Optional


    Microwave Standard
    Refrigerator Standard
    Stove Standard

    Exterior Features

    Carpet: Cockpit Standard Snap-in
    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Swim Platform Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Wet bar Standard


    Cockpit Cover Optional

    Boats More Than 30 Feet

    Bow Thruster Optional
    Generator Optional


    Hull Warranty

    Deck Warranty
    Engine Warranty
    Blistering Warranty
    NMMA Certification Yes


    Pricing Range: $235,594.00

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.