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Solace Boats 345 First Glance

A re-imagined center console from a new company with a familiar founder.

June 10, 2019
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Solace Boats 345 First Glance
The Florida-based company says this new vessel will change the design of fish boats. Courtesy Solace Boats

Solace Boats, a new company started by Stephen Dougherty—whose boatbuilding pedigree includes time spent with Boston Whaler as well as co-ownership of EdgeWater Boats and Everglades Boats—is in the process of launching its first model: the 345. The Florida-based company says this new vessel will change the design of fish boats. One quick glance at the photos tells you this is no ordinary ­center-console V-hull.

One obvious patented feature: the FishThru transom, a platform that extends aft between the two outboards. The hydraulically actuated swim platform—another first—extends out 4 feet past the transom door. The 345 will provide dual, custom 52-gallon ­pressurized livewells with tuna tubes and two drawer-style refrigerators in the bait-prep center.

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Also standard is the Seakeeper 3 gyro stabilizer. Buyers won’t need a generator because everything wires to an inverter system. Options include a fully outfitted second station. The 345 will carry 325 gallons of fuel and handle up to 850 horsepower. (Editors’ note: At press time, Solace said that some details were still subject to change.)

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