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.
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.)