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2020 Solace 345

The Solace 345 is a fishing machine packed full of innovations.

Solace 345 running shot
Carbon fiber, Innegra-fiber-and-epoxy hull laminate is overcured for strength and durability.Forest Johnson

Designed by company co-founder and CEO Stephen Dougherty, the new Solace 345 reflects a host of innovations, starting with a patented FishThru transom that extends aft between twin outboards.

Riding above the waterline, the 52-inch-long platform leads to a beefy transom door. From below, a hydraulic swim platform with a boarding ladder extends farther astern. Twin pressurized 45-gallon livewells flank the entrance to the platform, and each features an adjacent tuna tube.

Solace 345 transom
The FishThru transom makes it easy to fish, swim, snorkel and scuba off the stern.Courtesy Solace Boats

An elevated second station with two high-back helm seats and a carbon-fiber buggy top is optional. It features a full set of controls, including a second joystick for the standard Yamaha Helm Master docking system and a Garmin GPSMap 7612xsv display.

The main helm offers twin Garmin GPSMap 8617 displays flush-mounted in the 53-inch-wide center-console dash. Three Llebroc Billfish chairs feature Shockwave S5 bases to cushion bumpy seas. A SeaDek helm pad with 2 extra inches of closed-foam EVA underneath pampers your feet and knees by mitigating shock. The center of the pad—where the captain stands—hydraulically levitates as much as 10 inches.

Solace 345 helm
The main helm offers twin Garmin GPSMap 8617 displays flush-mounted in the 53-inch-wide center-console dash.Courtesy Solace Boats

The tempered-glass helm enclosure has a windshield that hinges upward on hydraulic actuators. The 345’s switching is all digital.

The portside console door features dark wood cabinetry, a vanity with a Corian countertop, an illuminated glass vessel sink, an electric-flush marine toilet, a settee that converts into a berth and a microwave. The interior is served by a 6,000 BTU air-conditioning system.

Solace 345 cabin
The portside console door features dark wood cabinetry, a vanity with a Corian countertop, an illuminated glass vessel sink, an electric-flush marine toilet, a settee that converts into a berth and a microwave.Courtesy Solace Boats

Back on deck, there’s a 42-inch-long, two-person lounger on the forward console, as well as the twin 44-inch-long loungers in the bow. Aft of the helm seating resides a work station featuring a Corian countertop, cutting board, dual-basin sink with freshwater faucet and shower hose, electric grill, and stainless-steel drawer fridge/freezer. For additional seating, a three-person couch hydraulically deploys from within the work station.

High Points

⋅The FishThru transom makes it easy to fish, swim, snorkel and scuba off the stern.

⋅An Amerishade cockpit shade extends electrically from inside the hardtop, as rod rack tilts down hydraulically to allow the shade to deploy.

⋅Carbon fiber, Innegra-fiber-and-epoxy hull laminate is overcured for strength and durability.

⋅Retractable washdown hoses reflect another clever, practical touch.

Solace 345 performance data
Solace 345 Certified Test ResultsBoating Magazine

Specs

LOA: 38′0″

Beam: 10′6″

Draft (max): 1′10″

Dry Weight: 12,000 lb. (with power)

Seat/Weight Capacity: Yacht Certified

Fuel Capacity: 323 gal.

Price: $650,000 (base with twin Yamaha 425 XTO outboards)

How We Tested

Engines: Twin 425 hp Yamaha 425XTO

Drive/Props: Outboard/Yamaha XTO OS 16 5/8″ x 20″ 3-blade stainless steel

Gear Ratio: 2.037:1

Fuel Load: 125 gal.

Crew Weight: 1,000 lb.

More Information

Solace Boats - Edgewater, Florida; 386-302-6287; solaceboats.com