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Grady-White 330 Express: From 2001 to the 2015 Redesign

Grady-White introduced the 330 Express in 2001 with the promise of taking modern outboard power to a new level. Working with strategic partner Yamaha Marine, the builder sought to create a never-before-seen amount of onboard space, giving boaters the kinds of comforts previously enjoyed only aboard larger boats with inboard power. At the time, she was the biggest Grady-White ever offered.

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The 2015 make-over is the most significant update since the 330 Express was launched.

Critics loved her, and customers couldn’t get enough of her. The 330 Express eventually inspired the creation of the 360 Express, and Grady-White was still offering new options for the 330 a full decade after her debut, including a new hardtop version that started to appear in the 2011 model year. In 2012, Grady-White began offering the 330 Express in hull colors other than white, including “sea glass green,” “vista blue” and “harbor blue.”

Today, 14 years after she first hit the water, the 330 Express is getting her first significant makeover. Traditionalists may cringe, but the builder says it’s once again time to give boaters the kinds of comforts they have become accustomed to seeing in larger models.

Grady-White 330 Express hull No. 14
This is Hull No. 14 of the Grady-White 330 Express, which premiered in 2001.

“This boat’s basic design—with the amazing ride of the SeaV2 hull—is and always has been a winner,” said David Neese, Grady-White vice president of engineering. “Yet, we are dedicated to continuous improvement and exceptional attention to the details that set our boats apart in the marketplace. This focus means we must and absolutely will make changes to even our best-selling designs, especially to advance with technology and evolving customer wants and needs.”

The Express 330 for 2015 thus includes reconfigured seating, which should make it easier to move around the helm. In fact, the whole helm space has been revamped and now includes not only the standard hardtop but also two options: an integrated painted aluminum-frame helm enclosure with safety-glass windshield, or a Grady-White Airview hardtop with an electronically sliding sunroof or manually sliding hatch.

“I think the most feedback we’ve been getting is on the top, the Airview,” said Brad Coleman of Grady-White’s marketing department after the new Express 330 premiered at January’s Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show and February’s Miami International Boat Show. “It gives you more visibility when you’re in the boat. Before, you had the gap between the top of the hardtop and the glass. Now, the glass goes all the way up.”

Grady-White 330 Express Airview hardtop
Grady-White’s Airview hardtop has been the most talked-about feature on the new 330 Express.

To update the 330 Express inside as well as out, Grady-White added brighter cabin lighting, more luxurious interior fabrics and new countertops and cabinetry in the galley.

“The emphasis really is on enhancing the ‘people aspects’ of this time-tested design,” said Shelley Tubaugh, Grady-White vice president of marketing. “We’ve improved footrests and added a contoured helm seating option plus even more comfort options for the port and starboard bench seats, and we’ve tweaked every nook and cranny of the helm area.”

Model year 2015 will also be the first to include a cockpit grill and refrigerator, along with new hull-color options. In addition to those previously mentioned, hull colors for the 330 Express now also include “sand” and “coastal fog blue.”

“We believe that our 2015 graphics updates including those to the hull side, a new windshield profile, as well as several hull color options elevate the look of an already striking boat,” Tubaugh said.

With these new features and options, the builder hopes not only to attract new buyers, but also to encourage owners of older-model 330 Express boats to trade up for a newer model—which could generate even more listings in the future. Want to see what’s on the market right now? Check out these current Grady-White 330 Express listings.

Written by Kim Kavin

Written by: Kim Kavin

Kim Kavin is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer who specializes in marine travel. She is the author of 10 books including Dream Cruises: The Insider’s Guide to Private Yacht Vacations, and is editor of the online yacht vacation magazine www.CharterWave.com.

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