Nov 9, 2023
Canadian Boating magazine is your guide to boating and boats. In the October issue, Andy Adams shared a comprehensive look at a great boat from one of the many European manufacturers who are making waves here in Canada. If you subscribe, check your issue – if not you should and you can also read it via the digital version. Here are some excerpts from Andy’s informative article but we suggest you read it in its entirety.
The Marex 330 Scandinavia is an amazing big water family cruiser with a single Volvo Penta D6 DPI – 440 diesel and Aquamatic sterndrive including DuoProp propellers.
Marex is not a brand we were familiar with in Canada but serious boaters in Europe certainly are. This was voted the European Power Boat of the Year in 2022. In fact, the Marex company has been around since 1973 when it was founded by Eyvin Aalrud. The company remains family-owned and is now run by two sons of the founder. They have a team of 355 dedicated and skilled people and thou- sands of Marex boats have been built over the years.
My first impression was that I had come to the wrong boat. The 330 Scandinavia looks larger and more substantial than its 34-foot length and 11-foot beam. Across the stern is a huge swim platform with a fold-out boarding ladder under a cover and our test boat was adorned with glorious real teak decking throughout. It’s an expensive option but if it were my boat, it would be worth every penny.
What caught my eye as soon as I saw the Marex 330 Scandinavia was the cabin greenhouse and roof design. It runs from the curved glass windshield aft to over- hang the cockpit and there are two sun- roof sections that slide open. The centre section looks like a handsome dark accent panel but in fact, it’s a big solar panel.
People want to avoid handling canvas these days, but Marex solved that. The side panels slide away into the cabin sides. Nothing to handle or fold into a locker!
The main cabin includes a shaped queen-size mattress and impressive port and starboard hull-side glazing making the area very bright and open feeling. You have sitting height over the berth and an escape hatch plus port and starboard port holes for ventilation. Two big drawers and a hanging locker as well as side shelves, make it easy for everyone to organize their things.
A cruising speed of 27 or 28 mph was the most economical speed, but the boat seemed to like 30 mph where it still had a modest 15 gallons per hour fuel burn.
Overall, the Marex 330 Scandinavia impressed us with excellent design, versa- tility and most of all, an apparent level of quality that made me feel this was a boat you could plan to keep forever.