305 express vs 330- sleeping accommodations

Jmorrell

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Does anyone know where I can find measurements of the two sleeping areas to compare the 305 vs 330?
I found a perfect 305 for sale but the wife thinks the beds on the 330 will be larger, etc.
 

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Here are some excerpts from a Boating Magazine review of a 2007 305. This is comparing the Express to walkarounds so it doesn't cover the 330 specifically but you can find reviews with the deck deck area for both boats


YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE. The concept behind making a 30' express instead of a 30' walkaround is to regain the interior space lost to recessed sidedecks, and this boat makes great use of that space. The cabin feels airy and usable, especially due to the V-berth design. More accurately, it should be called a horseshoe berth. This area of the boat was redesigned to make it more usable as living space, as opposed to sleeping space. If you want maximum berth size, stick with the V. But by rounding the peak, expanding the seating area aft, and mounting a round table in the middle, this slice of the boat is much more comfortable for those people who are upright and conscious. Four can easily sit around the dinette, and when it's collapsed and capped with the filler cushions, there's plenty of room for a couple to snooze at anchor.
Got kids? Throw them in the midcabin. There's not much headroom under the helm, but Grady-White thoughtfully mounted a set of rodracks in the overhead, so you can safely stow four Internationals. Good thinking; in my experience, midcabins are usually used for stowing more than sleeping, and with those racks in place and eight more rigs lying on the cushions, your entire arsenal will fit down here.

High Points: The V-berth is a horseshoe berth, and it's better living space. No matter where you are, there's a grabrail within reach. Windshield supports are the size of the hardtop pipework on some lesser boats.
Low points: The V-berth is a horseshoe berth, which means less sleeping space. Anchor locker access from the cabin requires screw removal, which will be difficult at sea. Water sloshed out of the livewell while underway in rough seas.

You can sort of compare the layouts using the brochure for model year 2007
 

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Here are some excerpts from a Boating Magazine review of a 2007 305. This is comparing the Express to walkarounds so it doesn't cover the 330 specifically but you can find reviews with the deck deck area for both boats


YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE. The concept behind making a 30' express instead of a 30' walkaround is to regain the interior space lost to recessed sidedecks, and this boat makes great use of that space. The cabin feels airy and usable, especially due to the V-berth design. More accurately, it should be called a horseshoe berth. This area of the boat was redesigned to make it more usable as living space, as opposed to sleeping space. If you want maximum berth size, stick with the V. But by rounding the peak, expanding the seating area aft, and mounting a round table in the middle, this slice of the boat is much more comfortable for those people who are upright and conscious. Four can easily sit around the dinette, and when it's collapsed and capped with the filler cushions, there's plenty of room for a couple to snooze at anchor.
Got kids? Throw them in the midcabin. There's not much headroom under the helm, but Grady-White thoughtfully mounted a set of rodracks in the overhead, so you can safely stow four Internationals. Good thinking; in my experience, midcabins are usually used for stowing more than sleeping, and with those racks in place and eight more rigs lying on the cushions, your entire arsenal will fit down here.

High Points: The V-berth is a horseshoe berth, and it's better living space. No matter where you are, there's a grabrail within reach. Windshield supports are the size of the hardtop pipework on some lesser boats.
Low points: The V-berth is a horseshoe berth, which means less sleeping space. Anchor locker access from the cabin requires screw removal, which will be difficult at sea. Water sloshed out of the livewell while underway in rough seas.

You can sort of compare the layouts using the brochure for model year 2007
thx. I’m going to bring a tape measure with me and go see more used boats. I just thought it may have been a question someone answered already. Thx
 

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When overnighting on my 305 my wife and myself will sleep comfortably in the v berth. In these situation we will just use the midcabin berth for storage.
 

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The 330 allow you to keep the table up and still have the v-berth. I am 6’-1” and have owned both the 30 and the 33. There is no comparison as far as sleeping. The rear berth is also much more comfortable. Now let me understand something here...... you wife wants the bigger boat? What the hell is wrong with you? :). You know she is always right. Get the 330.
 

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Great info. That’s what I wanted to hear. The wife never worries about paying for stuff, so someone must reign her in. Haha
Thx again.
 

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Jmorrell...that’s too funny. I have the same situation here. We have a gulfstream 232 started looking at the sailfish, then the marlin (which I’m looking to get). But she saw a 33 express and now....lol
The 33 is freaking big...I think a 305 maybe a happy medium.
 

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Haha. There’s a 305 express here in SCal for sale that’s perfect.