John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.

Hydra-Sports Vector 3300
JUNE 2003
 
   
Length overall  33'4"
Beam 10'4"
Draft  24" (with engines up)
Displacement  8,500 lb
Fuel Capacity  352 gals
Water Capacity  29 gals
Deadrise  23 degrees
Standard power  twin 250hp Yamahas 
Base Price  $127,857 


(above) Thigh-high, bolstered gunwales feature lockable rod storage and toe rails. (below) The helm has plenty of room for electronic displays.



Hydra-Sports celebrated its 30th anniversary as one of America's premier fishing boat manufacturers with the production of the biggest boat they've built to date: the Vector 3300. And they pulled out all the stops. This big boat, with its impressive beam of 10 feet, 4 inches, is designed to handle triple 250-hp outboards, but the model I had the delight of driving at the Miami Boat Show in February (while all of you were hunkered down in that big snowstorm) was powered by twin Yamaha 225 four strokes, and it still gave an impressive performance. This boat delivered a smooth, dry ride and took the waves and wake with confidence and no pounding.

The 3300 features a really magnificent bait prep station behind the triple helm seats, with a Kodiak refrigeration unit, cutting board, sink and tackle drawers on one side. There's lockable rod storage underneath each gunwale, as well as toe rails and thigh-high bolsters around the high cockpit coaming.

The helm is quite protected, with a high curved windshield that even has a windshield wiper with an intermittent setting,a nice touch. The T-top has five rod holders, an overhead electronics box and spreader lights. There's plenty of room on the dash to install electronic displays, and the back of the panel is easily accessible from inside the console.

Hydra-Sports uses Ray Marine electronics. The standard package on the Vector 3300 includes tachometer, speedometers, fuel, volt, trim, water pressure and systems check. An innovative "Dynaplate" grounding system supports any additional electronics you'd care to install. All the wiring is routed through raised and dry rigging chasses to keep instruments, lights and pumps safe from the elements.

Inside, the console has stand-up head room and plenty of space for a portable toilet, sink and rod storage, plus ready access to the four batteries and battery switches.

There's a lot of working space forward of the helm that features a recessed bow rail, retractable cleats, a roomy bench seat molded into the bow and a large fish box planted in the middle of the sole. There's lots of storage under the benches and under the cockpit sole. Even more lockable rod storage is tucked under the gunwales up there, as well as flip-out storage bins for lines and other clutter. A fold-down bench seat across the transom, more tackle and lure drawers, and a small bait prep station complete the well-planned space.

In 2001, Hydra-Sports was acquired by Genmar, the largest maker of boats in the world. That same year, they moved their base of operations from Columbia, South Carolina, to the million-square-foot Genmar Manufacturing facility in Sarasota, Florida.

The hulls are hand-laminated and finished with a premium gelcoat and the pattern-cut bi-axial fabrics are laminated with Kevlar reinforcement. Vectors over 23 feet are built with an "Integrated Structural Grid System"of fiberglass filled with a high-density foam that is stronger, quieter and more impervious to the ravages of saltwater than traditional wood stringers.

The hull and deck are bonded with a structural adhesive similar to the technology used on today's supersonic jet fighters and skyscrapers. The composite transom is built into this system, insuring that torque loads are distributed more evenly. The hull and deck joint is fastened every six inches with stainless steel fasteners. Every hose is steel reinforced for extra strength and double clamped for extra security. And every bronze through-hull fitting is bonded and grounded to a sacrificial annode,providing greater resistance to corrosion.