by Dom Wiseman

There’s no doubt the Europeans are leading the field in sports cruiser design. It seems a very competitive marketplace with each manufacturer trying to outdo the next with spaciousness and eye-catching design. And boat buyers are the winners. The German built Sealine S330 is a classic example of this bold new direction. It combines class leading features with a large open plan above deck, not to mention an appearance that will stand out wherever its berthed. The designer, world renowned Bill Dixon, is also responsible for Hanse and Moody yacht designs, so it’s little surprise that the Sealine S330 borrows some lines, such as the squared up bow that delivers more space internally forward, from those marquees. Despite the obvious differences in climate, and perhaps boating styles, the European build certainly feels right at home in the Aussie climate. Large open top decks, sun pads and a spacious interior suit our sunny disposition down to the ground so it wasn’t hard to find a few friends to join me for a relaxing day on the water.

The Sealine S330 is built with entertaining in mind and has a large swim platform with ladder (not fitted on the test boat) to provide easy access into and out of the water. From here it’s a simple few steps through a stainless gate on the starboard side into the rear deck.

This area is covered by one of two manual sunroofs that make life comfortable under the summer sun. The rear lounge runs across the stern, up the port side and across the middle of the boat behind the passenger seating opposite the helm. The rear backrest also drops down to create a spacious sunlounge if preferred. The deck on the test boat was finished in teak but this is an option that while classy will add to the cost. A non-slip fibreglass finish is standard.
In the centre of the rear lounge is a large sturdy timber table that is easy to access from all around the rear entertaining space. On the starboard side, a sink and icebox set up keeps you topside and provides for the necessary washing and drink cooling duties while a small fridge underneath caters for the food. The sink comes with fill-ins to create more bench space which is large enough for food prep while the access is wide enough for people to get past while you’re doing so. I would opt to fit a barbeque set up on the rear platform. Who wants to cook inside really?
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The helm seat is wide and comfortable and everything is within reach. On the port side another wide seat allows space for two passengers with some neat storage capsules located ahead of them for sunscreens and the like. The helm itself has a drop-down timber step that allows the driver space to stand with the hair in the wind through the second sunroof as he cruises along with an eyeline above the windscreen. It improves the visibility and is where I felt most comfortable driving. If you aren’t the wind in the hair type sitting down is just as comfortable and the half windows port and starboard will maintain enough airflow if you choose to close the sunroof.
Access to the bow and cushioned sun pad is wide and comfortable with protection from a stainless bowrail all the way along the hull. The test boat had a remote anchor windlass fitted but when picking up a mooring no one had difficulty accessing the bow.
While all that sounds like it’s about all you’d need for the Aussie summer and to be honest, it’s an excellent day boat, Sealine has also excelled below decks and created a boat that is equally usable as an overnighter as it is a day cruiser. The interior layout incorporates a forward berth at the bow, a kitchenette and bathroom amidships to starboard, designated dinette and lounge on the port and a second double berth located behind the stairway around the middle of the boat. All in all it’s a well balanced design.
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Sealine S330 11The master berth uses the hull width forward very well and is spacious with light provided by two windows either side and two hatches. There is cupboard/wardrobe storage and handy reading lights to keep you happy at night. Timber finishes are a light oak and maintain the spacious feel above decks, below.
The small galley located amidships features ample bench space, a fridge and two burner stove while the dedicated lounge/dining opposite is again spacious and well appointed with a beautiful teak table with cup holders inserted standard. The upholstery used throughout the boat is strong and sturdy and the colour palette has been well chosen.

The D3 engine from Volvo is the most suitable for this application. The D4 and D6 versions are much larger and after driving this boat with the twin engine set up it would be the option I would go for. It provides an additional level of maneuverability over a single engine option and while the boat was fitted with a bow thruster, it also provides some safety in the event of engine trouble.
The D3 is built on a 2.4-litre, five-cylinder platform producing 220hp each. They are relatively lightweight at 362.9kg and are still used in vehicles today although obviously in this case they’ve been marinised. The important feature of these engines is the performance with no noted turbo lag when you initially accelerate.
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This is undoubtedly a sports cruiser and delivers performance to suit. The twin-engines push the boat onto the plane effortlessly and it settled at a cruising speed around 22 knots (70km/h). The helm position is comfortable enough with everything within reach. I found the best driving position was standing on the fold down timber platform. Being up and over the windscreen and with your head poking through the sunroof I had an uninterrupted view of the surrounding area, The test boat was fitted with trim tabs, so leveling off was a simple process when up and running. They can also be used to drop the bow, which can rise under hard acceleration.
Electronic steering, standard with this engine set up, makes corners and maneuvering a breeze and delivers responsive control. Even in tight situations such as scooting in and around moorings, correctly positioning the boat is simple using the twin engines. Cornering is easy with the predictable lean in you would expect on large sports cruisers. While on first appearances the hull may appear to be more suited to cruising, it’s eminently capable as an offshore runner slicing through waves with ease.

The Sealine S330 is no doubt a head turner but its appeal goes way beyond the aesthetics. Clever use of space, twin sunroofs and class leading berths deliver an immensely usable space that suits our climate perfectly. The finish throughout is impeccable and with performance to match, it’s a beautifully delivered package that will appeal to young families and entertainers alike.

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Excellent finish

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Price: (as tested) $405,120
Construction: GRP Fibreglass
Length Overall: 10.31m
Beam: 3.5m
Engines: Twin Volvo Penta D3 220hp marine diesel with Duo prop drives
Fuel Capacity: 570 litres
Water: 220 litres
Berths: 4