2011 Rinker 330 EC (Express Cruiser)...
Rinker Boats are part of the Nautic Global Group of boat companies and Rinker has a
history that dates back to 1945. Their latest line of express cruisers is right up to date and
our Rinker 330 EC test boat offers a compelling value proposition.
The 330 EC is, in fact, 35'8" long on an 11'4" beam. The deep vee hull has 18 degrees of
deadrise for a soft ride. It is a conventional mid-cabin express cruiser but Rinker has
added some appealing new features to boost your enjoyment onboard.
With a base price of $225,676 US, buyers applying a typical 10 to 20% down payment can
finance this boat at somewhere around $1,000 a month depending on credit history. That
puts the Rinker 330 EC within reach of many families who want to try cruising Canada's
In terms of the exterior, Rinker has followed the contemporary styling fashion seen in
many express cruisers with a sort of "breaking wave" shearline that sweeps up from the
molded-in swim platform to the bow. While it looks fine in white, the style was designed to
be complemented by optional custom hull colours: navy blue, pewter, light blue and black.
The swim platform includes a built-in boarding ladder, an interesting square pattern non-
skid surface and three stainless steel handholds. The hot and cold transom shower is a
great way to start your day when you are moored in the lee of some remote island.
The swim platform on express cruisers helps to transform your boat into its own little
island. A neat new feature that we are seeing more of is a transom seat. Rinker's version is
a small padded seat that is open to the air. This works well and still allows a large section
of the transom to swing open for storage of large items such as lines, shore cables and big
fenders. On the port side is a composite transom door. This is your normal route onboard.
You can also board from the sides if you are against a high pier however there are no side
Foredeck access is through the centre section of the windshield. Steps up the dashboard
are molded in; we would like to see a handrail mounted on the radar arch for safety and
convenience. Rinker offers an optional sun pad for the deck. The stainless steel bow rail
seems high and secure and a remote control spotlight is mounted at the peak. The anchor
locker has a fiberglass cover, electric windlass and the available foot controls are a great
convenience when setting the hook.
The Rinker 330 EC also has a radar arch, enlarged with what Rinker calls an "eyebrow". This
provides a better spot for mounting aerials and radar equipment. A zip-out forward
window section and canvas Bimini extension out the back delivers sun protection while still
being relatively easy to open or close up. A nice feature is that the front section both
"domes on" for security and zips out for convenience.
Rinker's designers worked hard to deliver cockpit and bridge features that buyers look for.
For example, there is a refreshment area that includes a sink, trash locker, a U-Line
icemaker, a Waeco refrigerator and a Corian-type counter. The sink is covered and has a
gas strut for the hinged section. By adding your own barbecue on the swim platform, you
really have a whole second galley. Rinker even includes a built-in blender for your tropical
fruit drinks. Sounds like a summer full of fun!
Opposite the refreshment center is a U-shaped aft seat with a large storage area under, six
drink holders and a removable picnic table. Most families will make this their regular
dining area and our test boat had a total of six stereo speakers there for the Clarion audio
system. There are also interior lights overhead on the radar arch.
Up the port side is seating for three plus a plexiglass chart area. To starboard is the
double-wide helm seat that includes a flip-up bolster. It slides for reach and a five-
position tilt steering wheel is included. Faria analog instruments are standard and the
quartz clock is a nice touch. The test boat had a Lowrance GPS plotter but other brands are
We liked the standard Lenco trim tabs and their LED indicators. The driver gets a little
armrest by the MerCruiser controls although the deck ledge provides a more comfortable
spot for your throttle hand in rough water. The helm works well standing and seated you
will look directly through the center of the windshield. Two small windshield wipers are
A large curving cabin hatch slides to port. It has a screen for maximum ventilation at night.
Our test boat had the optional cherry wood and holly flooring throughout the cabin. It was
Rinker has done an excellent job on the interior, finishing the aft cabin as an open
conversation area with abundant storage under the seat cushions. Those cushions pull
forward to become a queen berth. There is a privacy curtain, screened porthole and it's
also served by the air conditioning that is standard. Rinker includes a 5 kW Kohler
The main cabin is open to the vee. Up the starboard side is a attractive, cherry wood table
with holly inlay – big enough for two. The dinette couch pulls out for another queen berth.
There is more storage under here, in cabinets and on shelves above, as well as in a
Opposite is the fully enclosed head with standing height, an opening porthole, vacuum
flush MSD and vanity sink. The door is mirrored and there's also a shaving mirror above the
Ahead of that is the galley, with a generously sized Waeco refrigerator with freezer
compartment, a two-burner, smooth stovetop and a combination microwave and coffee
maker. There's also a flatscreen television and DVD system mounted here. It swings out for
convenient viewing from the vee.
Rinker has left the forward vee berth wide open to the cabin. There is a privacy curtain and
although the berth is an odd shape, queen size sheets can be used to make a very
generous sleeping area. There are two opening portholes and a screened deck hatch
above. Storage is in the side cabinets, shelves and also under the berth.
With so much content, the twin MerCruiser 350 Mag MPI engines have to contend with
14,100 pounds of dry weight. Running Bravo III drives, the test boat planed off in 10.7
seconds and reached maximum speed in 15.6. Sadly, our test boat had a heavy coat of
algae and we saw a top speed of "only" 37.5 mph. We expect this boat would run well over
40 without the bottom fouling. Also, because of this, we needed over 3,500 rpm to stay on
the plane without the use of the trim tabs. It's a great ad for anti-fouling bottom coats!
Otherwise, the boat has a solid feel in the rough stuff and carved a respectably tight turn
even at fairly high speeds. Owners will be quite satisfied with the performance but it is the
combination of features and price that will attract most buyers.