Drawn by English designer Bill Dixon and built in Greifswald, Germany, Sealine’s S330 marked the first collaboration by the British builder with parent company Hanse Yachts. They look to continue the success of their Sport Series with the S330v, the company’s first outboard-powered express yacht.
When she made her stateside debut at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show, I liked her immediately for a number of reasons. Straightaway, she was easy to board with the outboards (standard power is twin 300-hp Mercs) mounted on a transom bracket, keeping her sizable teak-decked swim platform intact. A boarding ladder connects on the platform’s starboard side for easy egress from the water and a gate separates the platform from the cockpit, where you can keep an extra eye on little mariners and pets.
I also appreciated the large, fore and aft manually retractable sunshades. With one arm, I reached up and easily slid the cockpit’s bimini shade open and then walked forward and did the same with the giant sunroof over the helm, completely transforming both spaces. Drop the dining table, slide the aft end of the port-side, C-shaped cockpit seating and you have a sunpad for two that compliments the foredeck’s sunpad. A starboard galley with wet bar and BBQ continues the S330v’s alfresco leanings. Or, keep the sunshades and seating intact and six guests can sit comfortably, with two more at the double companion seat adjacent to the helm in full shade.