At fist glance, the Belzona Marine 325 catches the eye. The high-performance center console offers unobstructed views from the helm, a reverse raked windshield and an open convertible layout that allows for walk-around capability in its 10-foot eight-inch beam. But it was only when I stepped aboard for a sea trial that I found the 325′s real standout feature: Belzona’s patented sliding doors to port and starboard.
From amidships, the sides of the 325 slide back 40 inches towards the stern, allowing for easy boarding and maneuvering of diving equipment and of course, bringing in that prize-winning catch. Each of the doors has an integrated pullout dice-style ladder built into the hull’s sides for easy boarding from the water.
While sitting at the helm I was able to fully enjoy 360-degree views thanks to a new style composite support system for the hardtop; no metal piping blocks the view forward or aft from the helm. Another element of note is that the electronic equipment is stacked atop the other so all the components are on the same line of sight. Stacking the equipment also left room for a sliding entry door into the head compartment below, which offers enough space for a vanity and mirror with natural light filtering through two portholes.
Fold-away forward and aft seating allows for easy maneuvering around the cockpit while fighting fish and keeping dive equipment out of the way. The leaning post aft of the helm, includes a refrigerator and freezer, tackle-stowage drawers and four rocket launchers.
As for performance, the 325 comes standard with twin 250-hp Mercury Verado Engines, but the builder offers other power options as requested. For outfitting, the customer may pick and choose everything from head accessories to transom and livewell configurations from Belzona’s Miami Lakes, Florida showroom.
Cabrera, Danielle “Tender Diving: Belzona 325 Center Console.”
ShowBoats International August 2013: Print. p.87
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