Sealine C335v, outboard my love

With two engines on the transom, the interior volumes have increased further. That way more space has been found, which is so important for comfort when cruising

by Niccolò Volpati – photo by Andrea Muscatello

A LOOK AT THE NAME OF THE NEW SEALINE GIVES YOU A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT TO EXPECT. The first letter of the C335v is for “cruiser” and the “v” at the end means that it has an outboard rather than an inboard/outboard like the previous model. The serial number also changes, moving from 330 to 335 because it has been slightly stretched. This boat is just seven centimetres too long to be classed as a natante, as the hull is 10.07 metres long. Anyone who wants a natante can go for a sterndrive.

But there are many advantages to having an outboard. As well as the obvious ones, like not having to do so much maintenance, the outboard version has a larger storage space under the cockpit. The yard has decided to give over this large volume to being used as a single large locker, the door to which is in the middle of the cockpit. The locker can be used to stow the equipment, fenders and all kind of water toys like wakeboards, jet skis, sea bobs and various bulky extras.

The deck can be closed or more open, it’s up to you. As well as the doors and windows that surround the dinette, the hard and soft tops that protect the cockpit are electronically operated to give a deck that is nearly entirely open.

There is really no lack of space, and that is always good to have when on a cruise. The same has been achieved with interior volumes. That is thanks to the boatyard and, above all, Andrea Zambonini who has handled the construction. The freeboard is fairly high, but seen from outside never gives the feeling of being excessive. Despite that, there is a lot of headroom below decks. So, both cabins are high. That’s something you could have imagined in the bow, where the master cabin is located, but the height in the stern cabin was rather less to be expected. It is there, under the cockpit that the designers have put two roomy berths, or three slightly smaller ones. You clearly can’t expect to have a bed you could stand on, but there is no lack of space.

There are two cabins, both of them welcoming, one right in the bows and one midships, located under the cockpit. Despite that, the layout has been designed to always ensure good headroom.

Then there is the area at the cabin entrance before you get to the berth, where the height is always above 180cm and they have even placed a sofa. So basically, it is a place you can spend time in, and not just a cabin to sleep in.

There are even a lot of cupboards, cabinets and rooms for storage. The only design feature that isn’t entirely convincing is the bathroom door, which opens inwards and uses up some important space, so much that you have to go into the shower cubicle to close it. The dinette is an area that you couldn’t describe as being indoors. There is a large door that gives onto the cockpit which opens right up, just like the window close to the galley, which also borders the cockpit, and finally the door which means you can go straight from the helm to the starboard gangway.

The interiors have sufficient headroom to be used by four people. Comfort while cruising is guaranteed.

The C335v doesn’t just open to the sides, it opens upwards as well because the hardtop has an electrohydraulic system and even the softop which protects the cockpit can be opened. So in conclusion, when everything is open, the dinette and cockpit become one. On the deck, I liked the way the beach area has been done alongside the outboards. As you can imagine, they are two external platforms, which surround the drive units, but there is also part of the deck surface which is aft of the outboards. That is an excellent way of doing it because it means you can move from one side to the other without any difficulty, given that the deck in the beach area aft of the two engine grilles is essential for getting around when you are at anchor. But what do you do when you activate the tilt mechanism to bring the drive unit out of the water? There isn’t anything to worry about, because this piece of beach area comes up, allowing the bulky top sections of the outboards to occupy the room up to the cockpit sofa.

The rest of the deck is well organised, with a nice balance between comfort and space dedicated to the mooring ropes. What I felt was the lack of a few extra inches. There is enough room to get around, and when you are in port and the hull is stationary, you don’t notice this need. But when you are anchored, you feel the requirement for a few more inches along the gangways and in the bow area where the winch and the anchor windlass are. But, as we said at the start, the feature of the C335v is the outboards. In our case, they were two 300 horsepower Suzukis, each of them with double counter-rotating propellers. That is the most power the boat can carry, and indeed the thrust when accelerating is distinctly sporty, given that in just five seconds the hull comes out of the water. And the outcome in terms of top speed is also more than satisfactory.

The ergonomics are excellent, and everything is at exactly the right distance. The wheel, the throttles and the display are all to hand and are easy to read.

The many openings provided by the sliding hardtop and side doors aren’t just useful when moored, but also when underway as they ensure a good flow of fresh air.

During the GPS trial, we got to 38.4 knots. The engine was set fairly high and so as we eased off on the trim the revs rose to 6000, but the thrust decreased. So, the most we reached was 5900 rpm. We didn’t use much fuel at any cruising speed, both in terms of litres per nautical mile and snapshot readings. The fuel tanks don’t have a huge capacity, just 570 litres, which limits the range a bit. The C335v behaves very well underway, turning tightly without any issues and even when moored in port it showed it was an easy boat to tame. As you work with forward and reverse gears on the individual engines, and with the bow thruster you don’t feel the need for further aids, such as a joystick.

It is very easy to manoeuvre both when underway and when mooring. It is easy to steer and with two outboards, it is perhaps best for a first-time owner.

We didn’t come across any waves, but the summer traffic made itself felt, and so we were able to go across a lot of bow waves, including some from very large craft. The feeling you get is that the hull always handles well, pushing aside the waves as it should do, regardless of where they come from. The trim is not quite as good, in that the boat sits back in the water a bit, at least up to 25 knots. But when you open up the gas throttle, the hull positions itself properly, parallel to the surface. To improve the trim, even at low and medium revs, hydraulic flaps or interceptors could be fitted.

Engine data
The C335v is the outboard version of the Sealine C330. You can fit a pair of 250 horsepower motors, or 300 hp ones, which is the upper limit.

SEALINE
Ladebower Chausee, 11
D-17493 Greifswald
www.sealine.com

Italian dealer
Marine Group
Portosole, Via del Castillo, 17
I-18038 Sanremo (IM)
T. +39 0184 990770

PROJECT: Bill Dixon (hull and superstructure) Andrea Zambonini (interiors)

HULL: LOA 10.31m Length 10.07m Maximum beam 3,50m Draft 0,89m Light mass displacement 7,270 kg Fuel tank volume 570 l Water tank volume 220 l

MAIN PROPULSION: 2xDF300B Suzuki Outlet mechanical power 224 kW (300 hp) 4 stroke 6 V-shaped 55° cylinders Swept volume 4,028 cc Bore&Stroke 98mm x 89 mm Reduction ratio 2.08:1 Maximal rotational speed 5700-6300/min Weight 290 kg

EC CERTIFICATION: CAT B – 6 people

PRICE: 186,950 , bare boat (October 2021)

(Sealine C335V, outboard my love – Barchemagazine.com – October 2021)