NorthCoast Boats of Bristol, Rhode Island, is known for its small to midsize cabin fishing boats. With the introduction of the flagship 315 HT, the builder’s five-model pilothouse lineup now runs from 21 to 31 feet. Director of sales and marketing Gregg Weatherby says the boat is a response to requests for a larger overnighter suitable for offshore forays or family cruising.

The 315 HT shows a New England-style profile like the rest of the NorthCoast fleet, but its 35-foot length, 10-foot, 2-inch beam and rating for twin outboards to 300 hp each make it bigger, beamier, faster and more comfortable than its siblings. New pilothouse and cockpit features add to its effectiveness as an offshore fishing platform.

The composite hull has a foam-filled grid system and high-density cored transom. It is covered by a 12-year structural warranty. The deep-vee bottom has 23 degrees of transom deadrise and a sharp forward entry for solid ocean performance. With a pair of Yamaha F300s, the boat is quick to plane, has a top end exceeding 50 mph, and burns 18 gph at 3,500 rpm and 31 mph. The 316-gallon fuel supply provides a 500-mile cruising range with a 10 percent reserve — plenty for weekend cruising or running to the canyons.

The pilothouse has a starboard helm with a single seat, and a companion seat is to port. There is more seating abaft these, in addition to fold-down, aft-facing cockpit seats farther aft. The pilothouse centerline is unobstructed for quick access to the cockpit when the rods go off.

The cockpit is loaded with fishing amenities, including two live wells with a combined 45-gallon capacity in the transom; two 58-gallon, in-deck fishboxes with macerated pumpouts; a port-side dive door; and a transom door that accesses the Armstrong swim platform/outboard bracket. A 5-foot-wide transom bench folds up and out of the way for fishing. Also in the cockpit are a grill and a pull-out refrigerator to port, and a freshwater sink and tackle station to starboard. The side decks are accessed from the the cockpit, with tall stainless rails to the windlass and anchor.

The 315 HT’s cabin is accessed down a two-step companionway, where accommodations below include an enclosed head/shower with an electric head and a sink. The cabin sleeps four in a double berth with stowage beneath forward and to starboard and another berth to port beneath the helm. A forward hatch and side opening ports with screens provide fresh air and natural light. The compartment is trimmed with teak.

Like all NorthCoast boats, the 315 HT is built tough with an eye toward simplicity. It is a combination of Down East tradition and the latest in materials, construction methods and equipment. To learn more, visit northcoastboats.com.

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