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Boat Review: The New Solara S-310 Sport Coupe

Solara’s new S-310 Sport Coupe is made to order for an adventurous family or couple who want to explore all that the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers have to offer. Based on a proven, stepped, deep-V Solara hull, this new model combines the best of overnighting, cruising, watersports, and fishing. It presents something for everyone.

Powered by two Yamaha F300 V-6 outboards controlled by a multifunctional Helm Master digital system, the S-310 Sport Coupe is both fast and efficient, and seaworthy in the full range of Chesapeake weather conditions. The forward cabin provides both air conditioning and heating for comfort over our long boating season, along with an enclosed head. A powerful inverter and a modern lithium-iron-phosphate battery bank supply power without the need for a generator. A cabin top-mounted 175-watt solar panel with a controller is optional. Above the cabin is a forward lounge that seats six, along with both an anchor locker and a telescoping bow ladder for beaching.

The enclosed helm area of the S-310 SC offers an L-shaped dinette to port with a refrigerator beneath and a galley to starboard. At the helm, the skipper can study two large Garmin displays for sonar, navigation, and radar (optional), along with a smaller display in between for engine data.

The cockpit serves multiple functions, including upholstered, folding seating for six. An innovative new seat at the transom can face either forward or astern for sunset-watching. There’s an electric grill in the port stern quarter and a livewell in the starboard quarter. Hatches in the sole give access to massive storage areas, as well as to electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems.

The Solara Standard ensures this boat is spec’d out with everything a family or couple will need to make their time on the water memorable. In addition to Helm Master digital steering, controls, and autopilot, Solaras include Lenco auto-leveling trim tabs, Garmin GPS and sonar, a Fusion stereo system, bow and stern cameras, EVA foam traction decking, and rod holders. Incorporating these features as standard equipment not only enhances the buyer’s boating experience but also makes production more efficient, passing cost savings on to the customer.

Review by John Page Williams, Writer at Chesapeake Bay Magazine