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2020 Solace 345

Dougherty left open space low in the hull for mounting a standard Seakeeper. The 12-volt Seakeeper 2 obviates a need for a genset, saving initial cost, weight and maintenance. The standard twin Yamaha 425 outboards (buyers can also choose Mercs) have plenty of alternator capacity, and there are hefty battery banks. Moe predicted a top speed between 48 and 52 knots.

Mounting the engines on either side of the Fish-Thru transom, where the hull is shallower, means the props get clear water even though they’re not immersed as far as is typical on a twin-engine outboard. Consequently, the deepest point on the Solace’s bottom is the tough carbon-fiber keel. The keel will touch bottom before the expensive stainless steel props do. The widely set motors should improve maneuvering, while the transom extension protects the motors should things go wrong.

The Solace 345 comes with an array of standard equipment, including triple Shockwave helm seats/bolsters, twin lounge seats ahead of the console, Garmin electronics, a FLIR camera, spotlight, twin rigging stations, a multipurpose workstation aft of the console with refrigerator and grill, an anchor windlass and a pair of sea chests. The cabin in the console has a convertible settee, enclosed head and rod storage, all with roughly 6 feet, 4 inches of headroom.

The options list is short. The major item is a second station, with twin helm seats, that replaces the standard T-top. It’s fully equipped and protected overhead by what the Solace folks call a “buggy top,” a hardtop hinged aft so it can be folded back into the cockpit to reduce vertical clearance when trailering.

Estimated cost of a standard Solace 345 is a little more than $500,000. The builder is currently establishing a dealer network. —Mike Smith

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