Forget utilitarian function. The dual, aft-facing loungers on the Solstice 240 could be lifted from the ultimate man cave, with reclining backrests, raised knee support, and elongated footrests that invite you to stretch out. Ditto for the seat opposite the helm. It’s extra wide, with cup holders. Forward, parallel lounges invite even more relaxation. Thankfully hard-core function is built in too. Seats pivot on two-part hinges to facilitate loading or unloading of gear. Seat bases are made from low-maintenance roto-molded plastic. Compartments are guttered and include drains to keep the contents dry.
The Solstice featured an optional raised helm ($870). It sits notably higher than average — a full 5 inches above the deck — to give the captain a commanding view forward, and features a built-in sink. Equally impressive standard features include full-length aluminum stops on entry gates, vinyl decking aft, and a quick-release Bimini top.
Our test boat was equipped with a Mercury 115 outboard, a middle-power choice in the Solstice lineup that includes hydraulic steering and a standard twin 25-inch-pontoon configuration featuring interior lifting strakes. The combination offered predictable handling and a top speed of 22.2 mph.