Join YachtWorld and Lenny Rudow for a quick walkthrough boat review of a Grady-White Express 330 Cabin in the video below.
If you’re looking for a mid-size cabin cruiser boat that’s a bit bigger than a cuddy cabin but still nimble and easy to handle, plus you want something reliable and safe, this boat has to be at (or near) the top of your list. As solid as a rock, you can trust this boat cruising offshore with the kiddos and your spouse as much as you can fishing with your pals in sporty conditions. The boat features Grady-White’s respected SeaV² hull, which is a “continuously variable vee” hull that delivers a soft and stable ride. A unique characteristic to this hull design is that there are no two places on the keel where the deadrise is exactly the same.
The bow area on the Express 330 is closed, as is typical with an express style cabin cruiser or cuddy cabin type of boat like this (although the Express 330 has a full, stand-up cabin below). Such a layout makes for a dry, safer ride when in rougher waters as opposed to a bowrider or a center console that could have waves crash over the front of the vessel and into your cockpit. Some people prefer the open bow of a center console for increased casting room when angling and the ease such a design offers when maneuvering around the boat. But the truth is, when you’re out offshore, miles from the coast, there’s a certain peace of mind that comes with knowing you have a closed bow up front with a full windshield protecting you when you need it. Her bow rail is made of 316 grade stainless steel so it’s a strong and durable handrail when needed to walk out to the bow or anchor. When the swells start deepening and white caps start popping up like flies, you can feel confident in steering into the waves, cutting through the chop and getting back to safer waters.
Main Cockpit Features
The Express 330 features a big, open cockpit with tons of fishing space, comfortable seating and a luxurious cabin interior down below with a full head, small galley and berth. Those are nice features to have on a 33-foot boat. With a heavily-built hull this model features Grady’s famously rugged, self-bailing cockpit with drainage and a composite stringer system and transom that the boat builder touts as completely “water impervious” and ready for anything the ocean can throw at her.
What may draw your eye most to the Grady-White, as Lenny Rudow points out in our video boat review above, is a stylish and practical optional top that comes with an automatic sunshade (families like the idea of a press button shade for the aft deck), rocket launchers and a massive windshield.
At The Helm
Standing at the main controls, owners and operators have great visibility and the glass and framing give a profile with classic lines. No pipework is there to block the captain’s view. Plus the openable sunroof can let it air as well as a forward window. The controls feature “Captain Grady®” a digital boat systems & operations guide for iPad & iPhone and Helm Master EX® Digital Electric Steering. A 316 grade stainless steel steering wheel w/knob gives her a solid feel and operators and passengers can sit comfortable on Command Elite horizontally & vertically adjustable contoured helm chairs w/deluxe cushioning & flip-up bolster.
The cabin is great for weekending with a couple or a small family on a short island-hopping jaunt. It features a small galley, berth, full stand up head and the mid cabin is a bit different than you may expect – because she has an optional SeaKeeper onboard to eliminate rolling and rocking.
Aft Deck & Fishing Features
Her aft deck has all the fishing amenities you’d expect on a boat like this including: a gas-strutted 45-gallon starboard insulated raw water livewell w/light, a bait washing station and sink, pressurized raw water washdown w/hose (forward & aft) and a giant 254-quart aft insulated fish box w/lights (2) on the transom. Rod holders and rocket launchers are ample and tucked below is a 5kW diesel generator with a 12-gallon (45.4 l) fuel capacity.
If you want the newest model, hottest boat on the market with a bunch of fancy, potentially untested features and experimental hull designs, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if you’re looking for a boat that is built to be among the safest choices in boating year after year, this boat is the ticket. Not to mention, Grady-Whites retain their resell value. Grady has a cult-like following of loyal boat owners who know the difference between the way these historic American boat building brands craft their vessels and the way some more economical brands construct their boats. This boat is a time-tested and proven champion on the water.
Air Clearance: 9’10”
Transom Deadrise: 20 degrees
Max HP: 850
Fuel Capacity: 331 gallons
Weight: 10,840 lbs.