All Grady-White boats feel solid. You never hear creaks or groans running in a substantial sea, and landings when coming off waves don't sound hollow. The new 330 exhibited all these favorable character traits and more. It feels and performs like the bigger, heavier boat it is. The odd part is that it feels like an inboard but performs like an outboard. Slow trolling at 5 mph used a total of 4 gph. Yamaha Ox66 Saltwater Series engines churning out 250 hp each cruised through the 2- to 4-foot seas well offshore at 28 mph, as if the 330 were a 50-footer.
It started with the SKA boats. They found that the most comfortable place aboard to sit when running fast and hard through big seas was in a beanbag chair right at the transom. But then they had to stow the bags somewhere while fishing. Grady-White wins the innovation award for the best transom-seat design ever conceived. Like most great inventions, it's so stupidly simple, it took true genius to design. The pivotal part is a simple pair of metal slots into which pins on the aft corners of the seat slide and stop. Sturdy and unbreakable, it has no legs. A gentle tug deploys it. The seat also lifts up and out of the way for access to the generator in the lazzarette. There's no physical way it could be easier.
As you'd expect from a 33-footer, the cockpit handles four anglers with plenty of room to spare. It holds a 45-gallon livewell to starboard. Grady's fishermen have paid great attention to this well, imbuing it with molded-in water injectors from top to bottom (attached to an 1,150-gph pump) that provide cyclonic circulation throughout the well's entire water column.
To port, an insulated drink box and sink boast an integrated tool rack. Grady also does an impeccable job of using dead space for storage. Though there's space for only two rods under each gunwale, Grady mounts three rocket launchers on each hardtop leg. I'd put more across the back of the hardtop, as well.
Gaffing fish promises to be easier, thanks to the big kill box in the transom sporting cutting boards on top rather than in the deck. Another feature I wish every fishing boat used can be found portside outboard. A molded lift-out box (alongside the oil reservoir fills) fits the bill perfectly as a trash basket. I'm really tired of tying garbage bags to tower legs or using a bucket in the cockpit. Beneath the box, you'll find the batteries.
The gunwales hit me right above the knee, providing excellent security and balance. I'd say the only things missing are molded-in downrigger-ball holders that Grady so conveniently puts in many of its other models.