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Doral 365 Boca Grande (2010-)
(w/ 2 x 260-hp Volvo Penta IPS350)

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Brief Summary

As express cruisers go, the 365 Boca Grande has a few details that we don’t usually see in boats in this class. For starters, there are side decks. Almost always, a builder is afraid to cut into the salon space by allowing room for side decks. The aft cockpit is roomy and seats up to eight adults in addition to the helm and helm deck lounger. Add the IPS power plant to the mix and the 365 is a genuinely attractive package.

Key Features

Specifications

Length Overall 39' 2''
11.94 m
Beam 12' 6''
3.81 m
Dry Weight 20,000 lbs.
9,071 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 18 deg.
Max Headroom 6' 6''
1.98 m
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 258 gal.
977 L
Water Capacity 50 gal.
189 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
N/A

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power Not Available
Tested Power 2 x 260-hp Volvo Penta IPS350
Opt. Power Not Available

Test Results - Change Measurement Unit

RPM MPH Knots GPH MPG NMPG Stat. Mile NM dBa
700 5.4 4.7 1.1 5.1 4.4 1183 1029 68
1000 7.1 6.1 2.0 3.6 3.1 829 721 72
1250 8.3 7.2 2.6 3.2 2.8 751 653 74
1500 9.3 8.1 5.1 1.8 1.6 428 372 77
1750 10.4 9.0 7.3 1.4 1.2 331 288 78
2000 11.6 10.1 10.4 1.1 1.0 260 226 79
2250 15.0 13.0 12.5 1.2 1.0 279 242 79
2500 21.6 18.8 13.9 1.6 1.4 362 315 80
2750 26.4 22.9 15.4 1.7 1.5 399 347 81
3000 30.4 26.4 17.5 1.8 1.5 404 351 83
3250 35.5 30.9 21.1 1.7 1.5 391 340 84
3500 39.2 34.0 27.3 1.4 1.3 334 290 85
RPMNMKMKPHLPHKPLdBA
700 1029 1904 8.70 4.16 2.17 68
1000 721 1334 11.40 7.57 1.52 72
1250 653 1209 13.40 9.84 1.38 74
1500 372 689 15.00 19.31 0.78 77
1750 288 533 16.70 27.63 0.61 78
2000 226 418 18.70 39.37 0.48 79
2250 242 449 24.10 47.32 0.51 79
2500 315 583 34.80 52.62 0.66 80
2750 347 642 42.50 58.30 0.73 81
3000 351 650 48.90 66.24 0.74 83
3250 340 629 57.10 79.87 0.71 84
3500 290 538 63.10 103.34 0.61 85

All fuel consumption numbers are the total for all engines in the boat. Speeds are measured with Stalker ProSports radar gun or GPS. Fuel consumption (gallons per hour) measured with Floscan digital fuel-flow meter or by on-board factory-installed diagnostic instruments. Range is based on 90% of published fuel capacity. Sound levels determined using Radio Shack digital decibel meter on A scale. 68 dBA is the level of normal conversation. Time to plane is measured from start of acceleration to formation of rooster tail behind boat.

Performance Chart

Performance Chart

Acceleration Times & Test Conditions

Time To Plane 6.3 sec.
0 to 30 12.6 sec.
Ratio N/A
Props N/A
Load 2 person, 1/4 fuel, no water, 25 lbs. of gear
Climate 86 deg.; 70% humid.; wind: 0-5 MPH; seas; moderate chop

Captain's Report

Doral 365 Boca Grande
The 365 Boca Grande had a LOA of 39’2" with a beam of 12'6”. Our tests showed a top speed of 39.2 MPH with a best cruise of 30.4 MPH.

 

Handling

It didn’t take long to get the feel for the 365’s handling characteristics. She weighs in excess of 20,000 lbs (9,072 kg) so a lightweight she is not. In fact, we found her weight to be a significant plus, that boat in this class often lack, and it’s attributed to the thicker hull.  Canadian builders are well aware that other things float in water besides boats -- things such as deadheads and logs.

Doral 365 Boca Grande
Not only is the swim platform huge, but notice the large cockpit with dual C-shaped settees. Six portlights and three overhead hatches allow natural light to flood the cabin.

Cutting back and forth across a wake can be very telling and such was the case with the 365. Where I expected to be throwing water up and into the windshield, we instead, threw it out to the sides which translates into a very dry ride. Additionally, when coming down a wave at an angle, I expected to experience a significant deviation in course, which never materialized. We stayed straight and true, passing through the wave rather than up and over it. The bottom line is that this was a solid and stable handling boat. Lastly, her 18-degree deadrise at the transom is flat enough to keep her very level. There was no need for trim tabs to keep the boat on an even keel with either uneven distribution of weight or for control in a following sea. Again, solid is the term that best describes her handling and you and your guests will feel very comfortable.

Entry to the Cockpit

The swim platform is large enough on which to carry a PWC or tender, and convenient fender storage is off to either side. It measures 5’ front to rear, and 10'9” side to side. The concealed four-step swim ladder is in the center. Two storage compartments are to either side of the two swinging double doors that allow entry to the aft cockpit.

Doral 365 Boca Grande
To starboard is a cockpit wetbar with a refrigerator underneath. Note the heavy duty handrails/fiddles.

When pulling off power quickly, the following wave will wash over the swim platform, but it’s prevented from entering the cockpit by a step up though the double doors. The cockpit layout is nothing short of phenomenal. Two C-shaped settees lie to port and starboard that will easily accommodate up to eight adults and a center walkthrough allows for traversing the deck. All seatbacks have lumbar supports and a table mounts to the center of the starboard settee. To port is an entertainment center with bottle storage, a sliding cover over the stainless steel sink, and a refrigerator/freezer underneath.

A Doral Trademark

Not unique in the industry, but seen on every Doral… side decks leading up to the bow. You can also access the bow via the windshield walkthrough and once on the foredeck, you are treated to a double wide chaise lounge with drink holders and wrap-around stainless steel handrails. The four hatches to the cabin can be seen here, and protecting you on the side decks are bow rails coming up 26”, and I noticed that there was a cable running through the rails for tension adjustment.

Helm

The 356 Boca Grande helm has an unusual layout. It’s functional but seems busy at first glance. Engine gauges are off to the sides of the panel and tachs and engine hours are in a large burl wood center section with the depth gauge right in the center. Given that there is a Volvo Penta engine display screen, the gauges might seem redundant, but the screen is located out of sight against the starboard bulwarks. In a little bit of a departure from the norm, the compass is mounted down low just above the steering wheel, and in the upper section, where a compass usually lives, is the Raymarine C80 display. The position of the C80 is raised, and while angled towards the driver, it blocks a fair amount of visibility through the windshield. Coupled with the windshield wiper motor, this creates an increased lack of visibility that could be easily remedied. When launching off on a hole shot, there’s a 12-degree bow rise, and since there’s a lot of bow ahead of the helm you will lose sight of the horizon unless you’re standing, so don’t be shy about adding power to get on plane quickly.

Doral 365 Boca Grande
While the helm is functional, there are some factors that decrease visibility.

The engine controls are off to starboard right next to the IPS joystick, so maneuvering around the dock is a non-issue as far as functionality and visibility are concerned. The helm layout is the only place where I had real issues with the 365 Boca Grande and it didn’t affect the functionality or handling of the boat, both of which were excellent. The helm seat was double wide which is always appreciated as rarely is the captain alone when driving. The lounger off to starboard adds to the 365’s ability to entertain while underway.

Below Decks

Roomy and open are the two buzzwords that come to mind on approach to the cabin of the Boca Grande.

Doral 365 Boca Grande
Notice the large amount of curving woodwork in the Boca Grande cabin. This is not often seen on express cruisers because it is difficult and expensive to do.  Lights and shelves are over the settee and look at the size of that refrigerator.

The forward berth measured 6’ x 5’ and natural light is pouring in from side portlights and an overhead Bomar hatch. Interestingly, the portlights are shaded with real wood venetian blinds. An attractive storage shelf circles around the berth with sea rails protecting any items from falling off. There are also several cabinets all around the berth. This boat does not lack storage. If we had to be sexist and pick a “his and her” side, then the port side would be “hers” as there is a flip up vanity with a lighted mirror inside. Where other companies would simply plant a flat screen TV against a bulkhead, Doral went ahead and fabricated a beautiful cabinet to hold the TV that rotates to allow viewing from either the forward berth or the main salon. The wall mounted lights are not only elegant, they swivel to serve as reading light, direct lights, or rotate upwards for indirect lighting.

Galley

The galley lies off to port and features a microwave concealed in a gloss wood sliding panel. There’s a single basin stainless steel sink with a soap dispenser mounted next to the faucet. A double burner electric stove is to the left, and we appreciate how the stove is recessed so as to contain the pots and pans without the need for sea rails. Also, the cover to the stove is double hinged with a layer of stainless underneath to avoid melting the Corian lid should you close it while the burners are still cooling. I’d still like to see a micro switch installed in the cover to deactivate the stove when closing. A spice rack is to the left of the stove. The deck has a teak and holly insert in the carpeting to separate the galley area from the salon. A large refrigerator/ freezer combination unit is at the aft end of the galley.

Day Head

The head is abaft of the galley. It’s a wet head so a curtain pulls across the doorway to protect it from moisture. The head is roomy enough to not feel cramped, but only one occupant at a time will fit. A portlight allows light to enter as well as ventilation.

Salon

There’s a lot of natural light entering the salon, and that can sometimes generate heat. That can be offset by ventilating the cabin, or firing up the 16,000BTU air conditioner that is powered by either the 5kw genset or shore power. A C-shaped sofa lies to starboard with a pedestal table mounted just in front. The settee converts into a berth by adding a lower pedestal. Removing the table adds more room to the salon, and convenient storage is right under the forward berth. Just behind the settee is an entertainment center with stereo, CD, and DVD payer. Doral is well known for headroom in their salon and this one is 6’4”.

Mid Berth

Abaft the salon is a comfortable seating area that is open to the salon and makes a great sitting area. It also converts to a berth and a privacy curtain slides across to separate the area from the salon. A mirror on the side bulkhead adds light and the feeling of roominess. The stairs are open that also allow the mid cabin to remain open. Overall the layout of the 365 is impressive. Every aspect of this boat just gives off an aura of comfort. As if that weren’t enough, once you get behind the wheel and experience the comfort of her heavy stability coupled with superb close-quarters handling, then you’ll be as enamored with this boat as I was.

Recommendation

Doral is a small, high-quality builder in Canada.  Its outlook, styling and decor are all definitely European. And its price-point reflects the added materials and labor that has gone into the build.  If you would like a boat that is the same brand as many other boats in your marina, then the Doral 365 Boca Grande is not for you.  On the other hand, if you like a boat that is a cut or two above the mass-marketed brands, and take pride in owning a stylish, well-found boat that is a bit different than most of the rest, then you should put the Doral 365 Boca Grande on your short list.

Test Result Highlights

  • Top speed for the Doral 365 Boca Grande (2010-) is 39.2 mph (63.1 kph), burning 27.3 gallons per hour (gph) or 103.33 liters per hour (lph).
  • Best cruise for the Doral 365 Boca Grande (2010-) is 30.4 mph (48.9 kph), and the boat gets 1.75 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.74 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 404 miles (650.17 kilometers).
  • Tested power is 2 x 260-hp Volvo Penta IPS350.

Standard and Optional Features

Marine Electronics

Autopilot Optional
GPS/Chart Optional
VHF Radio Standard

Systems

Air Cond./Heat Standard
CD Stereo Standard
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Standard
TV/DVD Standard
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Standard

Galley

Coffeemaker Standard
Icemaker Standard
Microwave Standard
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Standard

Exterior Features

Carpet: Cockpit Standard
Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
Swim Ladder Standard
Swim Platform Standard
Transom Door Standard
Transom Shower Standard
Wet bar Standard

Canvas

Cockpit Cover Optional

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Bow Thruster Optional
Generator Optional
Vacuum Optional

Warranty

Certifications
NMMA Certification YES
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