This high-performance center console is perfect for offshore fishing, or family fun time.
Sōlace Boats established a reputation for innovation right out of the box with its first boat, the 345, which launched in 2019. That model captured anglers’ attention with its FishThru Transom, an extended cockpit that runs between two widely spaced outboards, providing additional fishing room. But customers soon began demanding a bigger model, so the Florida builder upped its game with the introduction of the 41CS.
Going bigger posed a design challenge for Sōlace founder Stephen Dougherty (of Everglades fame), president Todd Albrecht and their team. They wanted high performance, so they gave the 41CS a twin-stepped, carbon fiber and epoxy hull with tracking chine rails. The boat is designed for triple or quad outboards with total power ranging from 1,275 hp (triple Yamaha XTOs) to 1,800 hp (quad Mercury Racing 450s).
“We wanted efficiency and we wanted to build a big boat with triple engines,” Albrecht said. “Our typical customer wants triples.”
But the additional engines took up the real estate required for the FishThru Transom. The 41CS has a traditional cockpit—but one that on closer inspection features clever solutions to the age-old problem of combining comfort and amenities with uncluttered space to cast a line and fight a fish.
One of Sōlace’s solutions was, surprisingly, magnets. “We are into magnets for everything – seat cushions, cutting boards,” Albrecht said. “There’s over $1,200 in magnets on this boat; all rare-earth magnets encapsulated in epoxy.”
For example, the fold-out transom seat’s cushions are held in place by hidden magnets. You can remove them quickly and easily to access the two 50-gallon live wells and 65-gallon fishbox underneath. There are magnet symbols on the boat’s gunwales where you can attach the cushions when not in use, or if you simply want to switch up the seating. The rear seat’s optional backrest with six rocket launchers and fold-up armrests is also removable.
The workstation built into the back of the helm seat features a three-person mezzanine seat with pull-out footrest. Its seat cushions also are magnetic and can be removed to provide access to the counter underneath. Doubling as a summer kitchen, the workstation incorporates a large sink, cutting board, knife rack, and electric grill with three storage drawers below.
Magnets hold the forward bow seats in place atop standard 35-gallon Frigid Rigid coolers. The seats can be removed for more fishing room. The 41CS has full-perimeter coaming, making it a comfortable boat to fish from and the standard Quick MC2 X7 Gyro adds extra stability in rough conditions.
While the builder’s FishThru transom didn’t make it onto the 41CS, several signature Sōlace features did, including the large, yacht-like interior cabin, which is accessed via a pantograph door, and the integrated hardtop. On the 41CS, the hardtop’s solid roof and sides, along with the flush glass helm, give the driver the feeling of piloting an aircraft.
Another feature that trickled up from the Sōlace 345 is the optional tower. Substantial steps molded into the hardtop lead up to the second helm station, which is equipped with redundant engine controls, including a joystick. My favorite thing about Sōlace’s tower, however, is the fact that it folds down on gas-assisted shocks. “You can do it in less than one minute,” Albrecht said. Not only does this let you to slip under low bridges, it also means you don’t have to buy a double rack in a dry storage facility. Put it all together and there is much to like about the Sōlace 41CS.
Sōlace 41CS Specifications:
Fuel: 515 gal.
Water: 45 gal.
Power: 3/425hp Yamaha XTO
Displ.: 20,000 lbs.
Cruise speed: 30-40 knots
Top speed (w/tower): 56 knots
Price (with 3/Yamaha XTO 425-hp): $1,072,643