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Solara S-310 CW Center Console Walkaround: Ready To Run (Or Fish)

You've probably never heard of Solara, but this hybrid design of two popular powerboat styles might be the right blend for the casual angling boater.

Top view of Solara S-310 CW center console walkaround powerboat cruising

We hear about new boat models all the time, but entirely new brands? Not so much. For the 2023 model year, manufacturer Fluid Motion (builder of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats) has introduced the Solara brand, which includes 25- and 31-foot trailerable models. We spotted the queen of the fleet, the S-310 CW, at the Annapolis Boat Show this fall.

The S-310 CW is an unusual design that Solara calls a "center walkaround." The name is fitting, as this boat is essentially a combination of a center console and a walkaround boat. Rather than having symmetrical sidedecks to either side, the console extends to the port-side gunwale and there's a recessed walkaround sidedeck to starboard of the helm.

Man at helm of Solara S-310 CW center console walkaround powerboat

Walk up to the bow cockpit, and you'll discover forward- and center-facing seating for a half-dozen passengers and a removable cocktail table.

Expanding the console allows Solara to incorporate a significant amount of room inside for a bona fide cabin, as opposed to a typically tight head compartment and stowage area. In addition to the V-berth, there's a fully enclosed head plus a galley area with goodies like a refrigerator/freezer and microwave oven.

Solara S-310 CW center console walkaround powerboat galley view

Standard equipment on the S-310 CW also includes air conditioning with reverse-cycle heat, an LCD TV, and a hot water heater, so despite having a center console attitude it's fully outfitted for weekending aboard.

The aft cockpit is fishy in nature, with an integrated fishbox, a livewell, a raw water washdown, and fishing rod holders both in the gunwales and spanning the back of the hard top. It's clearly outfitted for cruising and family fun, too, with touches like a freshwater transom shower, fold-down seating for six, and a refrigerator.

Check out this video that delivers a great look at the boat put through its paces.

Solara S-310 Center Walkaround

When we climbed aboard we noted that fit and finish were thoroughly slick, and all of the seating is surprisingly comfortable. We also liked that the swim platforms are easily accessible with a full-height walkthrough and tall grab rail at the transom. Pricing starts at $199,937.

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Lenny Rudow

New Boats, Fishing & Electronics Editor, BoatUS Magazine

Top tech writer and accomplished sports fisherman, BoatUS Magazine Contributing Editor Lenny Rudow has written seven practical boating books, won 30 awards from Boating Writers International — many for his marine electronics articles – and two for excellence from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He judges the NMMA Innovation Awards, and is Angler in Chief at FishTalk, his own Chesapeake-based publication. A great teacher and inspirational writer, Lenny hosts many of BoatUS Magazine’s very-popular how-to videos, which can be found on the BoatUS YouTube channel, or at