After the “curious” Aquila 32, outboard cruising catamaran, here is how the new Solace 345 from the shipyard Solace Boats, a center console that wants to revolutionize this type of boat with a very special stern.
The Solace 345 is a boat suitable for families, fishing and diving. Equipped with a deep V-shaped hull, it follows the design of a classic American center console, but with a small big difference: the stern. A patented FishThru stern “cockpit” extends between and beyond the twin outboards. In reality, the floor area is further extended with a hydraulic platform that comes out from under the cockpit. What is it for? To fish while standing wide (even in two), without bothering yourself, with more freedom of movement in general. In addition, this solution is also suitable for those who want to go diving or just swimming, with an easy point to get off and on. Yes, but performance? Well, we’ll see soon.
Like any good center console this boat brings together elements for fishing and even those for pure cruising. Sports finishes, but well refined, speakers for music scattered everywhere and even the possibility of having a second wheelhouse on the flybridge. An area where you can cook behind the wheelhouse and a bathroom below deck complete the package along with the myriad of stowage points scattered around the boat and the four bow seats. There are no boats like this in circulation for now, but if you want a comparison the Boston Whaler 350 Outrage (also in flybridge version) can be an example.
But how does it navigate?
But with the engines set this way, is the hull always performing? The hull has often been seen powered by two Yamaha 425 XTO outboards. On board it is possible to install stabilizers to make navigation and rest (and therefore fishing) as comfortable as possible. With this motorization the boat reaches almost 50 knots with a cruising speed of around 30 knots.
Boat technical sheet: Solace 345
Photo by: Solace Boats