From the Power Boat Guide: In keeping with the company's reputation for deliver a lot of boat for the money, Rinker's 330 Express Cruisers (called the 340 Express Cruiser since 2010) strikes the right balance between affordability and value. She has most of the features found in more expensive boats in her class (Sea Ray, Regal, Four Winns, etc.) but the high-end amenities are few and the finish less refined. Like all Rinker express models, the 330 rides on a solid fiberglass hull with moderate beam and relatively high freeboard. The styling is contemporary - slightly on the conservative side - and the accommodations are similar to most express cruiser her size. The cockpit consists of a wraparound rear seating, a refreshment centre with sink and storage, a portside lounger, and a double helm seat with flip-up bolster. Note the aft facing 'rumble seat' built into the transom - nice touch. Lacking side decks, a walk-through windshield provides access to the bow. Belowdecks, the 330's well-appointed interior includes a double bed forward, convertible midcabin lounge, full-serviced galley, and a convertible dinette - comfortable accommodations for six.
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When a boat company earns a reputation for “value” — that means delivering the “most boat for the bucks” — its reputation for quality sometimes suffers. While the well-known Rinker Boat Company has been widely honoured for delivering great value, it better find some room on its trophy shelf for more design and customer satisfaction awards. The new-for-2008 Rinker 330 is a spacious express packed with cruiser-friendly features, standard equipment that makes an options list almost redundant, careful construction and stylish contemporary design.
The 330 is part of a new generation of Rinkers that have sleek, stylish designs, but also come fully equipped. As well, the 330 has some up-to-the-minute innovations — the kind that move so quickly through the marine industry their origins become blurred. One of those innovations is the 330’s extra-wide radar arch. With a curving “eyebrow” forward, the arch, a clear Isinglass panel and the windscreen form a single, sleek design line. The arch’s width also means it takes less canvas and frames to form a Bimini, and side and back canvas panels are better supported.
The 330’s dual shore-power outlets, one complete set for each side of the boat, add convenience and cut out deck clutter.
Below decks, there’s a wide-open cabin with entertaining or lounging space for a crowd, with sleeping space and privacy as an easy-conversion option. The mid-cabin lounge and salon sofa have pull-outs that ease conversion to berths. The conversions also maintain storage space. The boat’s decor combines comfort and practicality. Bulkhead and overhead coverings are easy-clean vinyl in appealing colours and textures.. The cabin conversions provide plenty of berth space and twin sterndrives make the boat quite manoeuvrable.
Without options, but with its long list of standard features, the 330 test boat costs $173,000 USD with twin MerCruiser 350 MAG MPIs — great value for such good design and what appears to be very careful construction.
Out on the water, the boat’s also a winner, with a top speed of 41.5 mph at 5000 rpm and cruising speeds of 24.5 mph at 3500 and 31.2 mph at 4000 rpm. Test day dished up some mid-sized chop and a few monster tour boat wakes, enough for the 330 to prove its performance in lumpy conditions. Rinker’s new 330 Express Cruiser is proof that a company dedicated to building in value can also create cruisers with the latest design features and great performance.