Outboard powered mid-sized express cruiser.
By Mike Burns
Boat Test #1619
Larger outboard-powered yachts are becoming more of the norm nowadays, and Monterey Yachts is certainly keeping up with this trend, if not perhaps leading it. Technological advances to increase horsepower, better emissions control, and ease of maintenance are just a few of the reasons that boat manufacturers are going this engine-outside-the-boat route. The Florida based builder recently introduced a new model to their outboard powered line-up, the Monterey 345 SY.
One of the big advantages of outboard power is that liveaboard space on the boat can be amplified. The Monterey 345 SY makes excellent use of the space available to provide comfort and convenience. The cockpit area is shaded by the integrated hardtop and radar arch, and is well configured for entertaining. Back aft, you’ll find a U-shaped seating area, which can also convert into an aft facing lounger, or drop the backrest all the way down and you have a spacious sunpad. Under the sunpad, you’ll find ample storage and mounting hardware to store the cockpit table. A wetbar off to port is equipped with a standard sink, and can also be fitted with an optional dual-voltage refrigerator. Added lounge options include the dual sunpad at the bow, which is surrounded by a stainless steel handrail.
The forward passenger enjoys the comfort of an oversized single bench seat, while the helm area is fitted with a double bench seat, both of which feature flip-up bolsters and armrests. The helm itself features dual digital engine gauges that flank a flush mounted navigation screen. Flush mounted switches are a thoughtful feature, which allows for ease of cleaning. The electronic engine controls and joystick are well positioned off to starboard. The stainless steel trim and grab handle for the access to the bow offer a rugged, yet stylish look.
The spacious cabin below enhances your entertainment capabilities. Wrap around seating, including an aft lounge, can accommodate several guests comfortably. The forward lounge folds down to convert the area to a double berth. The side lounge converts to an extra wide single berth, and the aft lounge also can be configured as a double berth as well.
The galley features a stainless steel sink, generous counter spaces, a dual voltage drawer style refrigerator, ample storage, and a microwave above. A thoughtful feature is the stainless steel grab rail mounted just below the counter top.
The full size head compartment is fitted with a shower, freshwater sink, and a port-light for natural light or ventilation.
Monterey’s impressive ‘Build-a-Boat’ feature on their company website certainly helps expedite the boat buying process. Once you choose the model you’re interested in, customers have the option of choosing a variety of hull, deck, accent stripe, and even bottom colours. Combinations are almost endless, and this feature allows you to instantly see your choices on screen.
Once you’ve chosen your own unique hull colour design, it’s on to the engines. For the 345 SY, Monterey offers up a choice of either 600hp or 700hp Mercury outboard options, available in either black or white. You can also opt for the Mercury’s Axis Joystick feature, which allows for ease of control within the confines of the marina, and Mercury’s optional Active Trim automatically allows for optimal engine trim. With its elegant and sleek styling, the 345 SY is sure to be a hit for those looking for a mid-sized outboard powered cruiser.
LOA (w/engines): 37’ / 11.3 m
Beam: 10’ 10” / 3.3 m
Dry Weight: 13,700 lbs. / 6,214 kg
Deadrise: 17 degrees
Draft: (drive down) 34” / 0.86 m
Fuel: 180 gal. / 681 L
Water: 42 gal. / 159 L
Waste: 28 gal. / 106 L
For more information: www.montereyboats.com